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Management Skill Training

Performance Requires Practice

Management skill training is fundamentally about practice: with practice comes performance. We often associate performance with skill.

For example, one definition of performance stresses that it’s about accomplishing something, and often to do so with great skill. Indeed management training should be about doing just that: accomplishing something with great skill.

Behind what we often perceive as effortless performance are hours and hours of practice. Yet practice frequently does not get the priority it deserves.

So here are some thoughts based on an insightful quote from Peter Drucker:

“Those who perform love what they’re doing. Pianists have a wonderful expression I heard years ago: ‘I practice until I have my life in my fingers.”
This simple quotation hints at five important tips for management training. Use these to help you think differently about practice:
  1. Management skill training - performance requires practiceFind out what you love doing and practice to get better at it!
  2. It’s far easier to practice things you are good at.
  3. Find your strengths and use them to make a contribution.
  4. Practice, practice, practice – and then perform!

You might like to think about some possible implications of applying some of the above tips:

  • Put what you’re good at to good use – preferably in ways that contribute to things that are important to the organization.
  • When someone performs, they are doing something worth watching – and learning from. Aspire to be good enough for others to learn from you!
  • Apply these lessons on practice to yourself first. Then the real benefit of management skill training is to take what you have learned and teach it to those you manage.

If you are really intent on improving your management skills, you need to practice. Practice and then perform. That is: accomplish something with great skill!

You can find out more about our approach to performance in the workplace in our article How to Motivate Employees to PERFORM. You may also be interested in our series on optimum performance.

Many performance management models have one crucial element missing: motivation. In motivating performance we have put motivation back at the heart of performance. In this resource you will find 10 practical tools covering each stage of the performance cycle, designed to help you start improving performance today.

Tools for management skill training

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We’re aware that many managers find it helpful to review their own skills, particularly as managing performance is so central to effective management. With this in mind we’ve developed some excellent resources to help you with your performance management skills.

Manage your own performance will help you develop the essential skills you’ll need to improve your own performance as a manager.

Or use another tool-packed guide to help you develop performance management skills. With five essential performance management skills for each stage of the performance management cycle, you can use it to assess your own strengths in each of the five areas:

  • Cultivate your goal setting skills
  • Improve your action planning
  • Develop your coaching skills
  • Provide feedback
  • Assess performance


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