• Michal CsanakyMichal Csanaky, 4 years ago

    I'm being told I'm too product oriented, but here's what helped me:

    1. define a clear vision for your team —make sure it's something more fulfilling than just chasing numbers...
    2. discuss/revise your vision with the team AND your manager(s) until the majority's convinced that it's something worth coming to the office for —to be successful you'll obviously need to gain a pretty good overview of the team's strengths, company's business goals and general overview of industry trends...
    3. convert this vision into a tangible annual plan with smaller quarterly goals —make sure those goals are measurable, and don't be afraid to iterate short term, just keep the long term vision rock solid...
    4. give them everything! —make sure you fight for your team and they got everything they need (within limits), be it flexible office hours or double amount of RAM—always, always ask what they need to progress better towards their individual goals...
    5. get a mentor, be a mentor —this would be ideally somebody in your company, but don't worry if not, just talk to some senior team leaders regularly—you'll learn a lot
    6. work hard, party hard —this is more important than it looks—spontaneous team lunches are the least you can do to build a good inclusive environment

    Obviously, there are several management styles and none of them can be applied universally. Depends on your team/company/project/whatever...

    If you'll read only one book about managing creative teams, may I strongly suggest to pick Creativity Inc by Ed Catmull—the knowledge shared in that book is worth x-multiples of its cost.

    Cheers

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