Quick thought for you today. If you're looking to refresh the working relationship you have with the people who work for you in 2018, it might be time to publish an "operator's manual" for those that report to you. What's a "Managed By Me" Operator's Manual look like?
Managed by Me Operator's Manual - a guide put together by a manager of people to let his/her direct reports understand the best way to operate the complex machinery/algorithm that represents them as a manager.
Wondering what could be included in that?
1--Behavioral strengths and weaknesses. Don't forget that most extreme scores in any behavioral category serve as both strength and weakness. Depends on the circumstances.
2--For Best Results, please ___ and ___. You're human, so it stands to reason that there is a "most effective" way to deal with you. This could easily be broken up into guidance on how to maximize results related to communication style, level of information you want, etc.
3--Common Issues. Yes, people have had problems with you before. You've been manufactured in a six sigma facility, but given the number of reps you've been used, there's bound to have been some problems. You tell people about those problems and tell them how to fix/who to call/what the warranty period is.
4--Some Maintenance Required. That's right! You don't just run a car for 20,000 miles without doing some routine things to make sure you're good to go. The same holds true with you. Tell them what maintenance is required to maximize their time with you. If you expect rundowns of major projects, tell them what you need, how often, etc.
The point of the "Managed by Me Operator's Manual" is to refresh. You've been around your people for awhile, and things might seem flat. You can change it up by providing this doc to you people and perhaps have some fun on the way.
You think they know how to work with you. I guarantee they don't know everything you think they know about you. In addition, we're trained as managers of people to believe that it's up to us to manage our teams.
Truth is that managing teams is a two-way street. They're as responsible for managing up to you as you are directly managing them - if you want the best results. The Operator's Manual on you as a manager is a fun way to refresh the relationship and put some of that burden back where it belongs - on them.