Friday, January 3, 2014

Is Your Management Style Conducive To Your #Manufacturing Firms' Success?

If you're the owner or operator of a manufacturing business, you likely have face to face contact with your employees and management staff on a daily basis. Because of this, have you ever wondered whether your management style was conducive to the productivity of the operation as a whole? It's something to think about as the new year has rolled in and you might be making changes in your plant to make it more profitable and productive.

What is your management, or leadership style? Is it helping your business thrive or is it hindering the chances of success at your plant? Here are some of the management styles I've witnessed during my years as a
manufacturing consultant. Let's see if you fit any of these styles:

  • You're a micro-manager. If this is your style, you're not empowering your employees to do the tasks for which they were hired. If you have to sign off on every piece of paperwork, and approve every client missive, you need to take a step back and trust that once your employees are trained they will be good representatives for your business.
  • Conversely, you’re too hands off. Hiring employees to fill the needs of your manufacturing firm is the ultimate goal, but if you're too distant, items may fall through the cracks. You may also find out too late that customer service is not up to your standards or other client issues could arise. Give your employees input and have an open door policy should the need arise to discuss a situation within the plant. 
  • You're a know it all. As a business owner you need to have a working knowledge of what goes on in the day-to-day operations, but you also need to be able to explain and then delegate tasks for which you’re not entirely suited so that you focus on your core competencies. 

What is your management style? Does it need to change to facilitate growth?

To find out what your personal management style is and how it could affect your team, give me a call at 602-510-5998. We have assessment tools that can zero in on your style as well as those of your management team's to help your company communicate better. After all, better communication means less headaches and higher profits.

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