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Darryl RosenThis guest post is by Darryl Rosen, author Table for Three. Bring Your Smart Phone to Lunch and 50 Dumb Mistakes Smart Managements Avoid!
You are a manager and you look down at an incoming message while an employee is speaking to you. DUMB! Or you can shout “Just get it done!” at your team and then walk off. DUMB!
A CareerBuilder poll found that 58% of managers had not received any training prior to starting their job. This can lead to management mistakes like this.
Even the most well-trained and intelligent managers can make stupid mistakes.

1. Assuming they are paying attention, they will plan tonight’s dinner menu.
2. Turning their job into a “Survivor” episode
3. Avoid a difficult conversation by hiding behind email
4. The Incredible Hulk:
5. Walking naked around without mirrors
6. Manager of a helicopter
7. It’s hard to hear their words, but it’s fascinating to watch their lips move.

Smart managers are more aware of the signs that their salespeople are not motivated and their employees are not inspired. This is what makes them different from dumb managers.
Smart managers will make small behavioral changes to correct common management errors that hinder their performance.
Here are seven common mistakes made by managers and what you can do to avoid them. Do any of these sound familiar to you?
1. Assuming they are paying attention, they will plan tonight’s dinner menu.
It doesn’t necessarily mean that they are listening and learning. It’s not their job to make sure that your people pay attention.
It’s yours.
Check for understanding. To gauge understanding, go around the table and ask everyone. Ask each member of the team if they are on the same page. Ask each member to share their next action step.
Create new ideas.
2. Turning their job into a “Survivor” episode
You’ve now got an ace team and all the weaklings have been kicked off the island. They are smart, resourceful, and talented. You set high goals and say things like “Have a go” or “Get it done.”
Your “tribe” will soon be looking anxious and gloomy. This is because you have lost your best performers.
Instead, ask them: “What information can you provide to help me achieve this goal?” What are the best ways to succeed?
Let them know that you will both support them and provide the resources they need to win the challenge.
3. Avoid a difficult conversation by hiding behind email
It’s easier to respond with a terse response to potential conflicts than to try to resolve the issue face to face. This is not the behavior you want to show your employees.
Be a leader and be an example. Prepare for the talk. Next, think about how you contributed to this problem.
Talk in facts when you meet someone. Don’t make assumptions about someone’s character based solely on their actions.
Ask questions, show respect and discuss the consequences. Then, reach a mutual understanding.
4. The Incredible Hulk:
Do you lash out at people in fear of motivating them? Here’s a rule: If you wouldn’t say it like that to your spouse, don’t tell it to your employees.
You can say anything that is negative in a positive way.
People feel worse when they are yelled at. It doesn’t make them feel more energetic. Be a good example and rephrase negative statements to make them more encouraging.
So, instead of “I won’t listen to another angry supplier due to you guys!” it becomes “I know that you guys are better than that.” What can we do to make things better?
Darryl’s book Table for Three5. Walking naked around without mirrors
Are you like the Emperor who wore no clothes? Is there anyone brave enough to tell ya what y are?