There are some brilliant managers out there who motivate and inspire their staff.  Those of us that have experienced brilliant, effective managers know how fantastic this can be.

Unfortunately, many managers do the opposite, which can cause frustration and a great deal of dysfunctionality amongst teams.  Common management blunders include:

Number One, Failing to Adapt Management Style -  Important that we adapt our style dependent upon the situation and the personalities involved.  For example, in certain circumstances, we may have to be more assertive and in others more consultative.  The ability to adapt is a key management aspect.  Think about your style dependent on the situation.

Number Two, Not Delegating Properly - How do we expect staff members to learn if we don’t delegate work to them.  The number one reason we delegate is to develop people.  Furthermore, if we don’t give feedback on the work we have delegated, how are they ever going to know what they did well as well as areas for improvement.

Number Three,  Not Communicating Properly - Effective communication is essential for all managers and if we don’t communicate our staff will soon recognise.  Effective communication includes knowing how to present information and not relying on email, 1-way communication or the rumour network.

Number Four, Ignoring Conflict - The reality is that conflict is essential for a functional team.  Most teams have an artificial harmony and under the surface, there is often real conflict but it never sees the light of day.  Poor managers bury their head in the sand and pretend it will all go away.

Number Five, Ineffective Motivation - Over-reliance on personal financial targets, i.e. more pay will motivate, but it isn’t the most effective way.   Furthermore, it can add to an already dysfunctional team by focusing in on individual goals. Many managers don’t realise what real motivation is all about.

Working on these areas will significantly help our management skills and ultimately the motivation of staff.  Contact us for more information on our management courses on 01665 605695 or see our management training courses via our website at

Ralph Moody is the founder of Target Training and specialises in trainer and management development.  You can read more about him here.  To see courses where Ralph delivers see our website here.