Having fun is a vital component of any successful team. Managers will do well to encourage their people to enjoy their work, joining in when there’s a laugh to be had, where appropriate.
For a manager though, it’s always going to be a fine line between the fun the team are having and the need to be entirely focused and professional within seconds of the laughter subsiding.
And there will be occasions where the manager of the team needs to quietly and firmly change hats to make sure that having a fun experience doesn’t get in the way of delivering solutions that meet and even exceed expectations of customers and clients.
That’s where real managerial skill comes in.
Being able to join in with the fun as well as having the capacity to ensure that the team are quickly as professional as they need to be, requires a delicate touch – and one where the most effective managers show their difference.
Everyone loves to have fun together, it’s one of the most important tactics to build effective relationships with the individuals in the team.
Great managers go along for the ride and then take over the steering before matters lose focus – and with that, the true value of the team.
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