Super Managers : 4 Ways to Empower Employees
Ever had a Manager so inspiring, it changed the way you worked?
Copyright © Sandra A. Jackson, JobTownResumes.com, 2013. All rights reserved.
- What Makes a Super-Manager?
- 4 Easy Ideas to Empower Your Employees.
- Helping Employees Find Meaningful Goals.
- Plus “Top-10 Management Movies,” management movie lists from Forbes, INC., Business Week, and the New York Times. (See movie lists at the bottom of the page.)
As an IT recruiter for 17 years, I had several managers. Four of them made a significant impact on the way I perceived my work and, ultimately, the way I do business as a resume writer and small business owner.
Let’s talk about one of these inspiring managers today. She was a tough manager who demanded excellence, but was innovative, creative, progressive, and had a strong sense of community. Did I say she was innovative?
The company I was working for was a traditional, and respected, nationwide company. It had recently purchased the company at which my new manager was working.
“Our” company was a consultant-placement business, replete with savvy sales reps and recruiters motivated to work towards the company’s profit goals. Recruiting can be a competitive and aggressive business. “Head-hunters” as they are euphemistically called, sometimes garner an unsavory reputation for their tactics, although “our” recruiters were bound by the company’s strong code of ethics and legal standards.
The purchased company was a non-profit consultant-placement company for disabled programmers. The employees at the purchased company were completely invested in their company’s mission, so it wasn’t surprising to find that the ones who stayed on after the purchase experienced some dissatisfaction. The quest for meaningfulness in one’s works is, after all, an important factor in happiness.
Two of us from the traditional company were folded into this ‘new’ branch.
1. A consultant was brought in by our ‘new’ manager to lead us through a decision tree in choosing a “Mission Statement” for our ‘new’ branch.
2. A second consultant was brought in that led us, as a group, through a decision tree process that helped us, individually, to determine what was most meaningful in our lives.
3. To foster a sense of community and loyalty with the consultants we placed, our manager implemented off-site dinners or in-house pot-lucks every couple of months that included the consultants. What made this different was that speakers suggested by employees were invited to give talks on timely topics regarding health and finances. And I would argue that a sense of community may be more important than teamwork. Community gives teams, introverts, and consultants a sense of belonging.
4. Another program was “choose-a-charity.” A portion of our branch profits would be given to charity and could be deducted from company taxes. Each employee, at an employee get-together, wrote down the name of their favorite charity, folded the piece of paper, and dropped it in a jar. After shaking the jar, someone pulled out a folded paper, and that was the charity we, the branch employees, chose to donate to that month.
And it worked. We were all invested. We loved it. And our manager for implementing it.
So, what makes a super manager? Short answer: a manager who inspires and empowers their employees!
Here’s wishing that each and every one of you have such a manager!
Kind Regards, Sandy, Your Resume Writer
Inspired by this experience, JobTownResumes.com implemented a donation program to favorite charities. Five percent (5%) of each resume sale is donated to the charities listed on the JobTownResumes.com “Charities” page.
Here it is! My Top 10 Management-Style Movies, plus “Everything I Know About Management I Learned from the Movies” by Mike Hoffman from INC. Magazine, The “The 30 Must-See Movies for Business Students” from Bloomberg, “Great Movies About Business” from Forbes, and “An Executive’s Favorite Films About Management” from the New York Times.
The Top-10 Management Style Movies:
- 9 to 5 (1980) Comedy (PG): Three female employees of a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot find a way to turn the tables on him. (Find it in the JTR Bookstore)
- Wall Street (1987) Crime, Drama (R): A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the youth under his wing. (Find it in the JTR Bookstore)
- The Devil Wears Prada (2006) Comedy, Drama, Romance (PG-13): A naive young woman comes to New York and scores a job as the assistant to one of the city’s biggest magazine editors, the ruthless and cynical Miranda Priestly. (Find it in the JTR Bookstore)
- Working Girl (1988) Comedy, Drama, Romance (R): When a secretary’s idea is stolen by her boss, she seizes an opportunity to steal it back by pretending she has her boss’s job. (Find it in the JTR Bookstore)
- Office Space (1999) Comedy, Crime (R): Comedic tale of company workers who hate their jobs and decide to rebel against their greedy boss. (Find it in the JTR Bookstore)
- Outsourced, (2006) Comedy, Drama, Romance (PG-13): After his entire department is outsourced, an American novelty products salesman (Hamilton) heads to India to train his replacement. (Find it in the JTR Bookstore)
- Elizabeth (1998) Biography, Drama, History: A film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch. (Find it in the JTR Bookstore)
- It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) Drama, Family, Fantasy (Approved): An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. (in JTR Bookstore)
- Norma Rae (1979) Drama (PG): A young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved. (Find it in the JTR Bookstore)
- The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) Biography, Drama (PG-13): A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he’s poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavor. (Find it in the JTR Bookstore)