Tips on How to be a Successful Middle Manager

As a middle manager, the entire organization expects you to get everything done. This is a huge responsibility you have, and thus you have to make sure you are ‘influential’ enough to lead the charge. While this can be extremely challenging, there are things you can do to create an environment that will help you and your company succeed.

1. Earn the respect of your employees

A good manager is one who does not only delegate tasks and responsibilities to employees; a good manager also guides and supports them so they may be better at what they do. The only way you could help them perform their job better is to show them that you have knowledge of what they do. It becomes so much easier for employees to give you respect when they see you as an expert. You don’t have to do their work for them, of course, but you have to make an effort to share what you know so they may grow professionally.

2. Know the organization’s strategy by heart and make your own action plan

If your responsibilities as a middle manager haven’t changed over the years, and you do the same things over and over again, there is a possibility that what you’re doing is no longer in line with your company’s current strategy. You can’t just sit there and wait to be informed of the organization’s new strategy. Be proactive in getting as much information as you need, and verify with your boss if how you’re running things actually helps the company achieve its goals. If it is, then go ahead and share it with your staff, and if not, rectify your action plan so it would be in line with the overall strategy of the company.

3. Set priorities and clear goals for your employees and yourself

It is important that your department has clear priorities and that these priorities are communicated well among the employees. Each of your workers must have their own goals, and they should understand the importance of achieving both individual and group goals. Make sure that you regularly meet with your employees so you can be up-to-date with their progress, and if changes in the team are inevitable, you can make them on a timely manner.

4. Lead without authority

Good leaders have the ability to make people follow and respect them, not by imposing anything to their people, but by listening to them and supporting them. As a middle manager, having this reputation will get you noticed and even considered for a promotion. You’ve got to learn to NOT be arrogant, be diplomatic, and be a solution provider.

5. Communicate enthusiastically with everyone

The more you communicate with all the people you work with, the more they will see, hear and follow you. By making use of any available means of communication with your boss, other middle managers, and employees, you are showing that you are a proactive leader who places importance on sharing what you already know and what you have learned from others.
As they say, good leaders are born. But it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive to develop the management skills that you already have. Working with an executive coaching professional would also help you enhance such skills to become an effective and successful middle manager.

20 Career Tips to Make 2015 Your Most Successful Year Ever!

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It’s time to set your intentions for 2015. Here are 20 fabulous tips from some of the world’s best career experts to assist you in taking control of your career and making this year your best year ever.

  1. Engage in the “Power of Stopping”. According to Susan Freeman, a daily centering practice can reap you huge rewards in terms of calm and peacefulness. It can also improve your relationships with others.
  2. Be a “Reflective Leader”. According to Deborah Colman corporate environments today can be chaotic and require a level of interdependence with others. It’s important to know how to “navigate and respond vs react” to whatever situation comes up.
  3. Learn how to make the most of “Reciprocity”. Gary Ford says most people have a fear of rejection and while “everyone wants to be more persuasive”, “often we are only hinting” at what we really want.
  4. Begin the process of “Self-reflection”. Kim Ades says it’s important to “surface our beliefs” and to “look at our thinking”. She refers to this as “thought management” and is an advocate for daily journaling. Regular self-reflection can accelerate change.
  5. Recognize “Common Behavior Patterns”. According to Sylvia Lafair, there are “13 common behavior patterns we learned as kids” and like it or not, “we bring these behaviors to the workplace”. Recognizing these “behavior patterns” in yourself and in others, will “help you deal with office politics and conflict in the workplace”.
  6. “Move your Career Forward.” If this is the year you are looking for a new role or job, then Dana Manciagli recommends you “start with a goal, develop a plan and create a candidate packet”. Traditional resumes are simply not enough to get you the interview.
  7. Hone your “Perception Management”. Do you know what impression you are making on others? According to Judi Walsh, you “can measure your level of influence and develop a distinct foundation”. This “distinctness” will set you apart from others.
  8. “Manage Up”. According to Cecile Peterkin, “leaders don’t need a title”. “Managing up is about developing a solid relationship with your boss, keeping your boss informed and knowing your boss’ priorities and management style”.
  9. Complete your “LinkedIn Profile”. According to Melonie Dodaro, “one of the best ways to stand out is to complete your LinkedIn profile”. Your LinkedIn link will usually be the “first thing that pops up when someone googles your name”.
  10. Use the “Power of Your Voice”. Carla Kendall suggests you “speak from your gut not from your throat.” 38% of what you are communicating is communicated through your voice. Pay attention to your quality, tone, pitch, rate, and volume.
  11. Get good at “Self-Promotion”. According to Regina Barr, “Self-Promotion is not bragging”. It’s important to “get comfortable talking about yourself”. Barr says “find 2-5 contributions/success stories that you can describe in a meaningful way”.
  12. “Grow Up Your Gifts”. Shahmeen Sadiq says “at earlier career stages, we often use our gifts/strengths/talents in overcoming obstacles, managing threats and outperforming our peers to get ahead”. “At later stages, it’s important to “grow up” our gifts to create desired outcomes with ease, grace and elegance”.
  13. Achieve “Work-Life Satisfaction.”  According to Nora Sudduth, it’s not about finding balance, it’s about achieving fulfillment. This “shifts responsibility from the employer to the employee to define your values and priorities and to find space for what you value most”.
  14. “Practice Safe Stress”. According to Lori King “healthy stress can make you more alert, focused and even productive”, while unhealthy stress can immobilize you, “inhibit your ability to relax and reduce performance”. Techniques such as deep breathing, meditation and yoga can help manage stress.
  15. Stop Avoiding “Difficult Conversations”. Sylvia Plester-Silk says “one of the keys to success in life and business is building trust. As a leader, having conversations about difficult topics is an opportunity to build trust through deeper understanding of another person.”
  16. Develop Your “Leadership Effectiveness”. According to David Town, a great place to “begin to understand your current leadership effectiveness is a personal assessment tool”. An assessment can increase your self-awareness and help close the gap between where you are currently and where you’d like to be as a leader.
  17. “Understand Who You Are.” Anne Dranitsaris says that while “past behavior is a good predictor of future behavior” you need to also “take into account the unique differences in personality and how the brain is hard-wired to function.”
  18. Find a Job You Love. Kathi Miller-Miller says if you’ve been fired, “skip the blame game”. Kathi says it’s important to “take care of yourself, avoid negative people” and recognize that you are not alone. This is a terrific “opportunity to find your passion”.
  19. “Don’t Lose Your Soul”. According to Sondra Sneed, “you are more than your job”. It’s important to “know your life’s purpose or your job won’t produce a career path”. “There is a part of you that is your job, but you are so much more than that”.
  20. “Invest in Yourself”. Linda Cattelan says there is no better time than the present to invest in yourself and in your career potential. “You can no longer rely on your employer to prepare you for your next role or promotion”. Consider hiring a professional coach to assist you in developing a career plan, hold you accountable or to support you on your career journey.

Whether you are at the start of your career, mid way through your career, or at the tail end of your career, vow to make this year your most successful year ever.
If you are interested in hearing more from each and every one of the above career experts, join us for the 2015 Catapult Your Career Success Summit: image001

Job Seekers Over 40 are Gaining Success in the Job Marketplace!

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Fact, many workers near or over the age of 40 years old believe they are at a distinct disadvantage over younger job seekers.  True there are potential price tags in terms of salary, but the marketplace for “older” is shifting dramatically and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future if you are ready! [Read more…]

Choose the Right Career Based On Your Values and Priorities

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Do you hate your job so much that you feel miserable already, but you don’t think you are ready to leave? Are you constantly wondering about your other career options but you still end up having the same job? If this is what you are going through, you are definitely stuck in your career. [Read more…]

How Your Personal Values Can Affect Your Life and Career

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It is very common to hear from career experts that you should define your values first before you could set your career path. This may sound easy, but you actually cannot define your values without knowing what they are actually.  [Read more…]

Things to Consider When Making an Important Career Move

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Having several job options is an excellent confidence booster, of course. However, you should also expect there to be a lot of pressure on your part as you try to decide which among your options will be the best for you. To end up with the right decision, it is important that you look at the different factors you think matter most to you in a new job. In most cases, career decisions are made based on the level of satisfaction a person can expect from a certain job. [Read more…]

The Path to Becoming a Good Female Leader

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One of the biggest fears that career women normally have is their inability to get noticed by their boss, especially when it’s time for promotion. They are worried that they will be stuck in their current position and will not have the chance to hold a leadership position. Unfortunately, many companies also lack the resources or funding for the professional development or training of their staff. For women in the workplace, a bigger challenge for them is how they could grow, improve, and develop as professionals. [Read more…]

Being Seen As Still Relevant and Worth Being Wooed

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Whatever career path you choose to take, it is vital that you develop knowledge-based competence and transferable skills to remain marketable to employers, especially as you approach the twilight of your career. To be successful in your chosen field, simply getting a degree and good grades won’t be enough. More importantly, you have to be able to develop skills and traits that will keep employers looking for you. Perhaps you are wondering now what knowledge and skills you need to focus on acquiring and enhancing throughout your career. [Read more…]

Business Lunch Etiquette by Adeodata Czink

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A business lunch is an excellent way to meet and connect with prospective or current clients. I believe lunch is much better than dinner because it is faster, cheaper, and it does not cut into evening time that may be reserved for family or friends.

When you invite someone to lunch, it’s your responsibility to choose the restaurant so have a couple of good establishments already in mind. Ask about your client’s like and dislikes and select the restaurant that best matches them. Have the address and phone number of the restaurants handy when you make the invitation so that you can give them to your guest. Let her know what you want to discuss over lunch so that she can come prepared. [Read more…]

How Is Being a Working Mother a Good Thing?

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The workplace didn’t use to be a pleasant environment for working women like me, but as time went by, the world has become more open to the idea of letting mothers have a career. Needless to say, this is an important change that every woman should take advantage of. In fact, some mothers even think that being a working mom has several advantages for them and their kids as well.

Let me share with you what I think are the good reasons every mother should have a career, which is based on my personal experience as a working mother

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