Title Wars: 10 Tips for Managing Peers

Courtesy of gantthead.comTitle Wars have been an ongoing struggle for me in my career. It’s frustrating, time-consuming, stressful and to be honest — crap. Regardless of what level you are, from entry to middle to senior to c-suite, treating people with respect should be foundational in your practice. So you ask, where did this all come from? I’m not sure. It’s probably a cumulation of interoffice discussions, client calls, volunteer positions and dating all the way back to my wee childhood years when I was told, “You’re too young for that.” So here I am, rebelling and saying, “No, actually I can.”

At this week’s KC/IABC Business Communicators Summit, I attended a session from a friend and mentor on managing your peers. Overall, it was a great session that challenged each of us to take a deep look at ourselves, how we’re working with others and how we can grow from these character-building situations. Based on what I learned at BCS and a few key takeaways from my own personal experience, here is a top 10 list of how to manage your peers and direct reports.

  1. Define roles and responsibilities at the get-go.
  2. Remember that each person brings their own value and they deserve your respect.
  3. Demeaning and degrading someone only makes you look like an ass.
  4. Arrogance doesn’t get people too far. Spend more time focused on others and  how you can help than talking about yourself. Newsflash, you are not better than anyone else.
  5. Respect people’s time. Don’t interrupt, don’t waste time in meetings and don’t do drive-by conversations.
  6. Think before you open your mouth. Communications is a simple idea, but hard in practice. Think about how your words impact others.
  7. Set people up for success and be authentic in your desire to help them learn and grow.
  8. Recognize and thank people. It goes so far.
  9. Keep in mind that someone who might be your peer now, might be someone you report to or work with 10 years from now. Don’t burn a bridge you might need to cross later.
  10. Invest time in people. Know your peer network and those around and within it. You’ll always be surprised of what you can get out of the desire to learn.

What are your tips for managing peers?

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Posted on March 5, 2011, in Corp Comms, Leadership/Management, Personal, Professional and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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