Management Tip of the Day: 2 tips for advice to younger managers

Thu Oct 7, 2010 9:26am EDT
 
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BOSTON (Reuters) - The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"It's not uncommon in today's organizations to have managers of all ages and levels of experience. More seasoned managers often have insight and advice, but may fear doling it out at the risk of curbing the enthusiasm newer managers bring to the table. Follow these two guidelines next time you want to help a younger manager out:

1. Understand your own motives. Do you really want to help the manager get better? Or are you looking for an opportunity to point out his annoying faults? Hold your tongue unless you have good intentions.

2. Frame it in terms of your own experience. Rather than listing out the ways he should change, tell the manager what you have learned along the way. Try something like, "When I first started managing a team, I was overwhelmed." Then explain what it is you learned. This makes your message less personal and easier to take."

- Today's Management Tip was adapted from the "Overaggressive Younger Manager" board on the "Ask the Expert: Peter Cappelli" board of the HBR Answer Exchange.