In good management, what often is the missing piece is efficiency. How are you at managing your employees? Do you often find that you are chasing people or doing a lot of repetition? Are you good at delegating tasks and projects?
Efficiency is a quality of achieving something which brings you nearer your goals with less effort. So we have covered this quite a bit, but your goals need to be stated clearly and put into your strategic plan. Once you are clear on your goals and you have communicated them to your employees, it’s time to get to work.
Identifying strengths and weaknesses, both of the manager and of the team, is often the first step toward efficiency. Have a discussion about why this is important to the organization and what this means for everyone involved. We are huge proponents of the DISC personality assessment because it quickly identifies strengths and weaknesses and how best to utilize these traits (remember our discussion of that here). Knowing the best place to put your team will lead to more productivity and better outcomes. Next create job assignments and descriptions and be very detailed with them. Once you have these defined, it is always good to revisit them frequently and make any adjustments necessary. Often a person seems like the perfect fit for a certain project, but if their strengths are no being utilized, it is okay to say you were wrong and move them to a different project.
Efficiency at management is the ability to achieve greater productivity over a shorter period of time without a difference in quality, and a minimum of waste, expense, or unnecessary effort. Efficient managers identify priorities and delegate responsibility to accomplish goals, and provide employee incentives to achieve these tasks. It takes work to be a successful and efficient manager, but it is well worth the time you invest for yourself and your company.