Would you like to find out how to be an effective manager? Right, we’ve compiled a selection of five things effective managers do. But the real question is: How many of them do you do yourself?

1. Carry out a daily briefing - Daily briefings ought to occur at the start of the day before shop trading has begun. They ought to involve a quick overview of important figures (such as % to target) along with a discussion of the day’s objectives. There should, additionally, be a chance for the team to go over any issues which they have but, beware, do not become side-tracked. A daily briefing shouldn’t last for more than fifteen to twenty minutes…

2. Make use of a diary - Straightforward, right? Utilizing a diary is not so much a hallmark of an effective manager as not utilizing one is a sign of a really bad one. Diary management is considered to be one of the keys to successful management and since they cost so little money there is absolutely no excuse not to have one. They ought to be used to list current to-dos and upcoming events and should be checked no less than every couple of hours. So, get yourself one!


3. Train - Training is critical for managers and employees alike. Every single second invested in training will be worth ten afterwards and your staff will be grateful to you for taking time out to train them. Give them feedback and allow them to make errors and you will be a far more relaxed manager!

4. Delegate - The, so-called, art of managing. Delegation has long been considered the fundamental trademark of the highly effective manager. It demonstrates that a manager is in control of his or her staff and has trained them to a level where they're in a position to resolve problems with a minimum amount of input from the manager. Use these daily briefings to tell them exactly what tasks they are required to accomplish and the time frame in which they are expected to do them and after that let them loose (to a point). Next, act as a mentor to help them complete these tasks.


5. Check- If one of your team informs you that they have completed a task, check! Do not leave it to chance. They may have completed a task but not in precisely the manner in which you required. They might have even done absolutely nothing whatsoever but you won’t find out if you do not check. Your job is to ensure they complete theirs.


So, how did you score? No manager is perfect yet if we can employ those five guiding principles we will be on the right road to becoming an effective manager!