The 5 functions of management are what we use to help turn the stress bomb that is management into a relaxed walk in the park. OK, so that was a major exaggeration. Here we list the 5 functions of management and what they mean.
Planning – Typified by the What-Where-When. What do you want to do? When do you want to do it? Where do you want to do it? Don’t leave it to chance. Write it down (even the stuff you do every day). Planning is critical to management and should stem from the overall function that you are trying to achieve.
Organising – So you know what you want to do, when you want to do it and where you want to do it. Now get organised. Organising is essentially the who part (and don’t forget to include yourself in that equation). Delegate the relevant tasks to the relevant individuals and voila! You will have successfully organised your day!
Staffing – Staffing covers a multitude of sins but whether its picking the right person for the right job, recruiting or ensuring your staff have the necessary tools to do the job, staffing is all about the people you work with and the way in which they do their job.
Leading – The best bit of management. Remember, a manager tells you what they want and how to achieve it. A leader just tells you what they want. Paint a picture for your team, a vivid colour representation of the goal or objective you are trying to achieve and let them work out how to get there. Help them, guide them, empower them but don’t take over. They need to know you trust them to get the job done.
Controlling – Empowering and leading your staff is one thing. Letting them do all the work whilst you play golf is quite another. You need to control the behaviour and attitude of the team. Whether controlling the time of arrival, standard of work or time spent on breaks and lunches. There have to be controls in place. Also, check their work. Don’t take over; just make sure you know what’s going on. You are the manager after all.
These are the 5 functions of management. Every time you do something try and work out which function of management you are performing (you will be doing one). See if there is one you do more than the others or a couple you never seem to do. Use this information to help yourself to become a better and more rounded manager.
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