Software Engineering, Project Management, and Effectiveness
What do great managers do? To put it simply, they bring out your best. Whether it’s fire you up or get on your path or help you overcome your personal challenges, they help you flourish.
Aside from all the managers I’ve had before Microsoft, I’ve had 14 managers at Microsoft. I also regularly mentor people from different teams, so I get exposed to a lot of different management styles and patterns. If I take a look from the balcony, what ten things do the best of the best managers do? Here’s the list …
Now it’s your turn … In your experience, what are the best principles, patterns, and practices that great managers do?
JD, one thing that i have seen great managers do consistently is to treat people differentially. That might sound like an anti pattern but let me explain. Different folks have different needs, one may need more empowerment, one may need more guidance, one may need more TLC. Knowing who needs what and providing that environment is very useful in building teams
@ Anu -- I know what you mean, and I agree. John Wooden achieved amazing results by providing very personalized coaching for each of the individuals on his team. Rather than a "one-size fits all" approach, he very much tailored the training and drills to bring out the best of each individual, based on their level of experience, skill, and abilities.
This is a better list than what I usually see on the web. Very good points. I found myself thinking that during any given week, I'm trying to shore up some of these becuase I find myself slipping into patterns that encourage me to slack in some spots.