Initial Thoughts on Why Our World Would End If People Management Skills Disappeared
Quite a dramatic headline, “Why Our World Would End If People Management Skills Disappeared.” But it underpins the importance of people management skills. People management is among the top 10 skills to thrive in 2020. Leaders need to know how to manage their direct reports. And they need to know what effective people management entails. This curated post has turned out to be another difficult one to assembly because a lot of the content I am finding is about leadership skills. Not quite what I am looking for, even though they are related.
This post is a work in progress, because I am not fully satisfied with this curated post. In this instance, the curation software that I use, did not give me the kinds of articles that I wanted or expected. Don’t get me wrong, there are some really good articles below, but I wanted them to delve more into people management. Most of them did not even define people management. Not to worry though, I have two solid definitions of people management.
One of the constraints for me, is using articles that are found free online. If I were doing this for myself, or a client, I would access articles from commercial databases. I cannot use those articles here because of copyright.
When reading, viewing, and listening to each piece of content in this curated post on people management skills, answer the following questions to get a firm grasp of people management skills. If you can answer the questions for each piece of content, you will have a foundation of people management skills on which you can build.
- What is the main purpose of this article? Why did the author write it?
- What is the key question that the author is addressing is?
- What is the most important information in this article? This includes facts, experiences, and/or data the author is using to support her/his conclusions.
- What are the main inferences/conclusions in this article?
- What are the key idea(s) you need to understand in this article?
- What are the main assumption(s) underlying the author’s thinking?
- If you take what the author is saying seriously, what are the implications? If you do not take what the author is saying seriously, what are the implications?
- What are the main point(s) of view presented in this article?
Remember to take notes when reading each piece of content. This will help you to answer the above questions.
What is People Management?
I found the following definition of people management on Reference.com. And I like it a lot because of the aspect of developing employees
“People management refers to a manager’s role in training, developing and motivating employees to perform their best. This role is distinct from other managerial roles, such as administration and decision making. About.com indicates that people management is the most difficult and most important role of a manager.” Source: What is people management?
National Research Council Canada (NRC) also has a good definition for people management on a page on their website.
“Manages people development, their work activities and their performance with the goal of optimizing efficient use of talent. Focuses on unlocking and channelling employees’ potential and sees this as the key to NRC’s success. Involves planning for the development of others, coordinates actions, coaching others and diligently addressing performance issues and conflicts, both at the individual and organizational level. Includes the ability to allocate and assign human capital in the most effective and efficient manner, so to support NRC’s current and evolving business needs.”
The organization has a five-level model to harness people management skills, and each level is fleshed out, so you know what it entails.
- Establishes an effective work climate
- Implements rigorous people management practices
- Capitalizes on and grows individual talent
- Builds effective teams/units
- Implements broad-based people-management strategies for the future
How Good Are Your People Skills?: Mind Tools is one of the websites where you can find information on many of the 10 key skills to thrive in 2020. Although in the article there isn’t a definition of people management, it lists the skills that make up people management. It also includes an assessment to test your people management skills
Find out how good your people skills are, and learn what you can do to improve them with this interactive self-test.
The Top 5 People Management Skills
This is a short video where the speaker mentions five people management skills: Communication, interpersonal, planning, organizational, and management skills. She expands on each of the five skills.
People Management Skills Are Critical for Small Business Owners: If you’re a small business owner, you’ll want to read this article on people management skills. I love this article because it’s written by a small business owner, so he is sharing information from his experience.
Basics of People Management
I love the analogy in this presentation, learning from geese. This short presentation provides many tips for effectively managing people. I love that it includes the stages in forming and growing teams.
Are Good Managers Born or Made?: After reading this article from Wharton, you’ll get a sense of what makes a manager good. And not everyone is cut out to be a good manager.
Effective People Management | Management Advice | Robert Half: What are the key behaviours and characteristics associated with good people managers? You’ll find a list of people management skills required for managers to succeed. The people management skills mentioned in the article by Robert Half, includes: express gratitude, communicate clearly, understand the value of employees, make decisions, and resolve conflict. When you read the article, there are no surprises, but we all need reminders.
DISC Personality Types | People Management Skills | DISC Profile Training | How to Profile People
This video explains the DISC personality types. It’s important to understanding the personality of the people you have to manage.
6 Tips For Managing People Who Are Hard To Manage: Management would be easy if everyone you managed were hard working, collaborative, and had a great attitude and exceptional talent. But life’s not like that is it? In this article in Forbes, Victor Lipman, provides some great tips for managing hard-to-manage people.
This presentation defines people management. Some slides on people management: why managing people in the software development lifecycle, how to manage people, and how to choose team members of a project. The presentation references the Maslow Hierarchy of Needs.
People Management: Dario Di Nucci
How to select staff? How to motivate people? How to manage groups? This presentation also references the Maslow Hierarchy of Needs. I was introduced to the People Capability Maturity Model, which is a framework for developing people in software development. The information in this presentation can be used in any field.
Ways to Improve Your People Management Skills
Improve Your People Management Skills in 15 Steps #Infographic: A picture is worth a thousand words. And that’s the case with this infographic on people management. Among the 15 steps are coach employees, banish fear, give recognition, and give autonomy.
Managing Workers: Four Steps to Improving People Management Skills: This article from the Association of Talent Development walks you through the process of improving your people management skills.
5 People Management Strategies for Organizatonal Success: In this article, Melonie Boone writes about five people management strategies to include in your company’s business strategy. The skills she mentions include: Recruitment and selection, training and development, performance management, employee engagement and rewards and recognition. She expands on each people management skill.
People-Management Skills: 7 Leadership Competencies
Although this is a good presentation, I would have been more satisfied if there was a definition of people management. Kerri Lewis-Morrill gives background on leadership theory. Leadership has an impact on the success of an organization. It impacts people, groups in the organization, and the organization itself. Sometimes the leadership impacts the industry. She defines leadership, talks about personality and traits of leaders, models of leadership and much more. I love that she talks about emotional intelligence.
People Management Skills – The Ultimate Guide to Managing People
A brief outline on how to manage people effectively and in a way that rewards and brings out the best in them and you as their manager. Some of the points in this presentation are mentioned in other pieces of content in this curated posts, but that’s a good thing.
Final Thoughts on Ultimate Guide to People Management Skills
Please remember to read a book on how to develop your people management skills , so that you can round out your knowledge of the skill. Simply reading each piece of content in the curated post is not enough to learn and master people management skills. Also apply what you have learned to cement the knowledge.
It’s very important that you take notes while reading each piece of content in this curated post on people management skills. Pleas choose one of the books below to read. Additionally, I have created a handy guide to walk you through the process of learning the 10 key employability skills, as well as other skills I think you’ll need to succeed at work in the future. This will give you what you need to thrive in 2020.
Books on People Management Skills
People Management: Everything you need to know about managing and leading people at workThe One Thing You Need to Know: … About Great Managing, Great Leading, and Sustained Individual SuccessMindset: The New Psychology of SuccessAct Like a Leader, Think Like a LeaderLeading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great PerformancesGive and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success