The book titled “Traction” by Gino Wickman focuses on how to grow your company or “scale up” when the opportunity to expand presents itself. While research has shown that companies struggling to grow or expand find it difficult to break into their growth phase, gathering information from other leaders or entrepreneurs is a key step in order to assess what the appropriate steps are moving forward.
In addition to the insight given by Ken Dunn, here are some tips that any aspiring leader or current manager should actively implement in their day to day tasks. With this in mind, the below are three essential skills that managers, leaders, and other upper management officials need to be aware of as business expansion ensues.
Keep it simple
The best managers and leaders should have the useful skill of framing a very complex issue in simple terms. Though a skill that often times take months or years to develop, the right environment can help any leader acquire this important quality.
As these leaders will be required to guide a team throughout this new process, conveying intricate processes and difficult situations in plain language will not only help everyone comprehend what is going on around them, but will also make the complicated seem easy to understand.
Work with your team
Creating a two way working relationship with each of your teammates allows for both an easy information flow while also funneling growth to empower development. As a manager or leader, it is your job to find strengths in your subordinates in order to decipher how to best expand this skillset to the next step.
Each employee on your team has a different set of strengths, weaknesses, and areas of improvement, and it is essentially the manager primary goal to improve the subordinate in every way he/she can. As this is a huge part of your role, providing constructive criticism and a strategic approach to rectify this You can learn from everyone you manage.
The next step from the previous tip, managers also need to set goals for career-related growth as to make sure all their skills are properly utilized. Improving skills are in the best interest of both the employee and the company, and effectively bridging the two is vital for overall growth.