4 things Michael Scott taught us about managing people

I watch ‘The Office’ more than I care to admit…

Because of my slight obsession, here are some management takeaways…

Don’t take yourself too seriously

“Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.”

Remember when Michael Scott started a dance party in the office? This might not work for all companies when it comes to managing, but the success of his team allowed it.

Compliment and encourage your employees.

“Never, ever, ever give up.” – Michael Scott to Jim Halpert on the Booze Cruise

There are many good examples of Michael Scott supporting his staff, but one that stands out the most is Michael’s support for Pam in her art endeavors. Michael always fosters Pam’s love for art, which in the end created one of the greatest working relationships in the office. His encouragement really helped her succeed.

Spend time on company culture

“The people that you work with are, when you get down to it, your very best friends.”

Michael may not have always been the most appropriate (I blame Toby), but his intentions were to teach his employees important lessons. The more your employees feel they can lean on one another the better.

Stay confident in everything you do.

“Business is a doggie dog world. And I am a shark, who eats doggie dogs.”

There may be nothing Michael thought he couldn’t do. He may have had some nervous moments, but overall he believed in himself. His confidence helped his team remain confident and helped him deliver quite a few uplifting speeches.

Robbie Young

Robbie Young

Robbie is the Director of Partner Relations at CUInsight.com. As Director of Partner Relations, Robbie works with professionals throughout the credit union industry to find new and innovative ways ... Web: www.cuinsight.com Details

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