Arthur Cordes – Keys to Managing your Team

Arthur Cordes spent two years in the United States Army and eight years in the Marine Corps. He served as a sniper with the Marine Corps, a job that requires patience and determination. After leaving the Marine Corps in 1993 he started working in the hazardous waste removal and emergency response industry. During the last two decades, he has worked with multiple USEPA projects on sites involving excavation of lead-contaminated soil, waste categorization, and containment system construction. He also managed several field teams ranging from one to forty personnel. He has excellent management skills and shares a few tips for upcoming managers.

Communication is Key

As a manager, you will need to have excellent communication skills. Your team or employees will need to know exactly what the project is about, and what is expected of them. It is vital that you communicate with them and inform them what needs to be done.

Build a Positive Working Relationship

Remember that you are working together with your team and that you need to build a positive working relationship with them. This does not mean only on a professional level, but also on a personal level. Get to know your team members individually, and you will be able to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Identifying their strengths will allow you to delegate responsibility to them accordingly.

Acknowledge Good Work

Everyone likes to receive a pat on the back and be praised for doing good. Don’t neglect to acknowledge the good work your team does. Many managers make the mistake of only providing feedback when they have something to criticize. Appreciate their achievements by providing positive feedback.

Arthur Cordes has successfully managed various teams in his workplace. Follow him on Twitter: