Is your boss making these 3 major management mistakes?

Is your boss making these 3 major management mistakes?

Over my decade-long association with Savills Studley, I’ve benefited from broad exposure to many different senior producers, having partnered with over 20 separate professionals on varying deal sizes over my relatively short career.

The exposure to diverse styles and personality types has provided me with a helpful “What Not To Do” list for both current and aspiring bosses. For those looking to strengthen or build a team, avoid the following 3 mistakes:

  • Disrespecting the weekend: Nothing is more deflating than being on the receiving end of a flood of non-urgent emails or calls on a Saturday night. Your team works hard all week and should only be tasked on weekends when necessary. Give them space to recharge and clear their heads whenever possible.
  • Lecturing on the past: You’ve earned your stripes – that is beyond dispute. But the world is changing at a chaotic pace and our profession has undergone several fundamental shifts. Accept humility and be open to suggestions from your less-experienced team members.
  • Unnecessary promises to clients: A client calls you late Friday requesting a detailed analysis for next month’s board meeting. In a stupor stemming from a misaligned desire to satisfy, you proclaim that you’ll deliver the comprehensive study by Sunday evening. Sound familiar? This enormous and completely unnecessary imposition on your team is guaranteed to dangerously reduce group morale. Treat your teams’ time as if it were your own – highly valuable and not to be wasted.

While only a partial listing, I’ve sought to highlight select common managerial tics that often present in battle-hardened professionals. It has long been my argument that the vast majority of mismanagement stems from hubris and deficient self-awareness. The recognition that no one person has all the answers is the antidote to most, if not all, manager-employee tension.

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