Newsletter – September 15, 2021
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The three dimensions of effective management
Shana Tova to all who celebrate. May the start of Yom Kippur bring reflection and renewal, and the Jewish New Year bring joy, abundance, connection, and repair for all of us, especially those in our community recovering from Hurricane Ida and facing escalating attacks on reproductive justice.
Redefining Effective Management for the 21st Century
If you look up the word “management” in a dictionary, you won’t see it defined as “a set of practices that move our communities closer to visions of justice and liberation.” That’s because traditional management is designed to maximize profit and productivity—not to advance social justice. So, it’s no surprise that many of us have experienced ineffective and downright oppressive management.
But, there is another way—and if you’ve worked with our practitioners lately, you’ve seen it in action.
We’re offering a new definition for effective management rooted in equity, sustainability, and results. (Yes, we’ll let Merriam-Webster know.)
Discuss and Reflect
When it comes to effective management, everyone is tending something, whether they manage people or manage their sphere of work. Share The Three Dimensions of Effective Management with each member of your team, or just read it yourself. Then, use these guiding questions:
- How do you cultivate and prioritize equity, sustainability, and results in your approach to managing people or projects?
- Which dimension(s) do you think you (or your organization) are doing well at? Does this match where you apply your energy or focus?
- Which dimension(s) do you need to be more intentional about? List three ways you could tend to those other dimensions in the coming six months.
6 New and Updated Tools for Effective Management
Our entire Tools Library is getting a refresh this year. Here are just a few new or updated tools to help you practice effective management:
- The Four Elements of Strong Relationships. Relationship-building is a core competency for effective management. This guide for managers helps you build (more) supportive and functional relationships with staff.
- From SMART to SMARTIE: How to Embed Inclusion and Equity in Your Goals. Making equity and inclusion explicit in goals takes practice. These tips will help you strengthen your goals (our Goals Bank can help, too).
- How to Actually Reprioritize. Reprioritizing is crucial in this era of overlapping crises. Here are six tips for doing it successfully.
- Setting Expectations for How Staff Approach Their Work. Communicating expectations is a big part of effective management—and a chance for managers to mitigate bias that creeps in when we leave things unsaid. These examples can help you think about the “approach” that’s key for staff to succeed in their role, team, or organization.
- How to Push Toward Excellence (with Heart). Have you ever struggled to find the right way to set a high bar or be honest when something needs improvement? Here’s some language you can use.
- 7 Tips for Making the Most of Your Check-ins. Done right, check-ins can revolutionize the way you manage. In this article, we share our best tips for getting the most out of your check-ins.
Coming up in October: New and refreshed resources all about giving and receiving feedback.
Connect & Build: Join us on Slack!
Our Slack community is a great place to connect with other managers and learn about (even more) TMC resources that help you practice effective management. This is a space to ask questions, share ideas, and support one another.
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