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Manager's Checklist
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๐Ÿ’ฌProvide actionable feedback that helps improve everyone's performance ๐Ÿ“ˆMeasure Lead Time, Freq of Deployment, Mean time to recovery & Change Fail %
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๐Ÿ‘‹Have personal interactions with everyone (how ARE you? Is everything alright?)๐Ÿšดโ€Ensure everyone is on track to meet their objectives. If not, help. Empathize
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๐ŸšงUnblock blockers๐Ÿ“–Ask, propose and organize training opportunities or conference visits for your team
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โ™”Respond to escalations, priority requests of the day๐Ÿ’ฌAsk if your reports are getting enough feedback
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โ™ปIdentify wasteful activities, Continuously improve๐Ÿ“ขDiscuss any important company/team updates or news, celebrate some victory
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๐Ÿ“ˆCreate intrinsic motivation, reinforce "why" โœจDiscuss any areas in need of change (company, team, project etc.)
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โœŒCheck if your management style is effective for your reports and get suggestions for change
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Weeklyโ˜ฏArrange high performers to train others
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โ˜•Have 1:1 with each report
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๐Ÿ™ŒRecognize those who do a great work (I noticed and appreciated the way you [did X])Quarterly
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โ˜นManage difficult people: Listen. Give clear behavioral feedback. Document. Followup.โš‘Discuss rating, peer feedback and areas of improvement
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๐ŸšงUnderstand and unblock challenges your team feels ๐Ÿ’ธCommunicate the review of their compensation
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๐Ÿ“žEstablish successful collaborations with other functions and teams๐Ÿš€Discuss opportunities and career paths for the employee
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โš’Learn important technical skills that help advise the team, and earn respect๐ŸŽฏReview Objectives and Key Results. SMART=Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timely / FAST=Frequently Discussed, Ambitious, Specific, Transparent
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๐Ÿ’กSource new ideas for improving the processesโ›‘Hire people better than you
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โ˜ Discover risks and put them in backlog๐Ÿ“–Update work map, identify over assignment, conflicting priorities
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โœจUnderstand what motivates them๐Ÿ“ˆSet clear expectations for any lateral/upward movement
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โ›ณIdentify coaching needs. Apply GROW - Goal, Reality, Obstacles-Opportunity, Way ForwardโคExpress interest/concern for team members' success and personal well-being
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โ›นEmpower your reports to help each other โ›ตCelebrate accomplishment, team lunch/dinner, outing.
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๐Ÿ’ชSet clear expectations for what you feel they are able to achieve๐Ÿ’ญRepresent your company publicly: blog, talks
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โ˜๏ธFind out what your reports expect from you๐Ÿ™ŒMake everyone feel included in decision making
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โ˜•Set personal example by sharing and acting on your own feedbackโ˜’Use surveys and checklists to find the truth and nudge people to improve
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โ˜ Reward thoughtful failureโš–Admit your mistakes, be transparent about it. Take counsel from all direction.
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Credit: This checklist is compiled by taking lessons from various books, articles and lectures, including managerchecklist.teambit.io, "Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead", "Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity", "Managing Difficult People in a Week: Teach yourself", "Accelerate"
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