Wednesday, September 7, 2011

First Day of Kindergarten and the Lessons for Managers

Last week my Goddaughter CarlyAnn started kindergarten.  I was so lucky to be able to be able to participate in the first day activities with the family!!

After seeing CarlyAnn get settled in class, we then went to the “Coffee and Kleenex” portion of the morning.   The school counselor had put together a fantastic packet of information for the parents. 

This is the first of a couple blogs that I’ll share with you.  It’s amazing to me that the same information that applies to children also applies to adults.  In keeping with that, it also amazes me how the information given to parents can also apply to management. 

This is taken from the National PTA.  You’ll see my notes on how this applies to managers after each number. 

Feel free to share this with your manager or start doing some of this if you currently manage a team.    :-)  Enjoy! 

Ten Ways to Participate in your Child’s Education
Ten Ways to Participate in your Employee’s Growth

1.    Build your child’s self esteem.  Listen to what they have to say and praise them for the things they do well.  
a.    Build your employee’s confidence in working with you.  Listen to what they have to say.  Reprimand in private and praise in public.   
2.    Encourage your children to talk about their feelings, accomplishments, and problems.
a.    Encourage your employee to have an active and direct conversation with you during 1:1 times or when appropriate.  Validate the feelings, cheer the accomplishments, and coach through the problems.
3.    Be a positive role model for your children. Teach them right from wrong at an early age.
a.    Be a positive role model for your employee.    Your example is being watched and will be followed.  Be honest, be direct, and be nice.
4.    Tell your children it’s all right to make mistakes, as long as they learn from them.
a.    Tell your employee it’s all right to make mistakes, as long as they learn from them.  Make sure you’ve shared what the repercussions would entail should errors continue.
5.    Allow your children to see you read daily newspapers, books, etc.  Read stories aloud and tell them about your culture and heritage.
a.    Keep up with what is going on in your industry and share with the team.  Teach the ones that don’t know the history of the industry how what they are doing fits in to the big picture.
6.    Show an interest in your children’s school activities by helping them with their homework and getting to know their teachers.
           a.    Show an interest in the daily work of your employees.  Understand what they go through on a daily basis.  Get to know the customers/peers/etc they interact with and offer to help when appropriate. 
7.    Take your children to museums, the local library, and other free educational and cultural events whenever possible.
a.    Allow employees to attend trade shows, seminars, and activities that will enhance the work experience.
8.    Ask that report cards and other school documents be made available in both English and Spanish.
a.    When your employees have to attend trainings or have new requirements that come out, make sure they are easy to comprehend and that you are readily available to help them understand the material.  Attempt to review the information ahead of time if available and alert the trainer or leader to any landmines that may exist (appropriately, of course). 
9.    Ask the school to provide a translator for meetings and whether English as a second language classes are available.
a.    Be a champion for your employees to grow professionally.  For example, if a public speaking course would enhance their professionalism, then make that happen.  Get to know what opportunities are out there for growth opportunities for your team.
10.                 Join the PTA or volunteer at your children’s school.
a.    Join local networking groups (and encourage your employees if appropriate) to keep up with the industry and others that manage teams.  Exchange information and seek out ideas that have worked for other managers. Volunteer and give back to the community. 

Next in the series:  What to Expect from a Kindergartner and how this applies to management.  

1 comment:

Alice said...

Kathy, you did a fantastic job with weaving in expectations for parents of 5-6 year olds with management! Parenting can help you be a better manager--I can't wait to read more of your blog posts!