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Management strategies are the techniques that managers use to achieve objectives. This includes approaches to planning, measurement, design, influencing and leadership that managers commonly use to deliver value, satisfy stakeholders and grow the role of teams. The following are common examples of management strategies including both relatively new techniques and time-tested approaches.
Action plans – planning small work items
Adoption of industry and professional standards
Appreciative inquiry – looking at what is working and scaling it
Approval processes to handle exceptions
Attracting and retaining high performers
Automating work
Benchmarking performance against best known results
Building support for change
Business as usual – keeping processes going through disruption
Business experiments
Change management – selling and pushing through change
Collaborating with other teams to align work
Contingency approach – adapting management style to the situation
Continuous improvement
Continuous learning
Cost discipline
Creating a culture of ownership
Creating a culture that works from the customer backwards
Creating a sense of urgency around change
Creating high visibility for team and its successes across organization
Critical mass – scaling things up to the point that they are efficient
Cross-functional teams
Data-driven decision making
Designing-out errors, problems and inefficiency
Designing-out human error
Division of labor – breaking work into specialized tasks
Eliminating bottlenecks and removing constraints
Eliminating waste
Employee feedback and recognition
Establishing principles and values
Fail fast – testing things in a way that is fast, cheap and safe
Fixing problems at scale
Gap analysis – continually evaluating processes, culture and capabilities to address gaps
Giving power and authority to agents of change
Goal alignment – mapping all goals to strategy
Heijunka – a sustainable pace of work as opposed to peaks and valleys
Insourcing for competitive advantage
Internal controls such as checklists
Jidoka – responsible stewardship over automation
Job crafting – allow employees to shape their own roles
Job descriptions – standard initial roles
Job enlargement – allowing employees to grow within a job
Job enrichment – designing jobs to be interesting and flexible
Job rotation
Knowledge management – capturing, sustaining and using knowledge
Last responsible moment – deferring planning and decisions until they are actually required
Leading your industry by far exceeding standards
Least privilege – granting just enough authority to do work
Making timely decisions despite ambiguity
Manage stakeholder expectations by communicating what is out of scope
Manage stakeholder relationships
Management by exception – clearing issues
Management by walking around – being hands-on and knowing what’s going on at all times
Managing low performance
Managing team conflict and handling unethical behavior
Measuring and reporting key performance indicators
Minimum viable product – getting things to the customer and improving them in the real world
Not repeating team and organizational mistakes
Outsourcing non-core functions
Pareto principle – discouraging perfectionism with Pareto analysis
Partner scorecards and performance management
Process improvement
Process optimization – improve, test & repeat
Process reengineering – reinventing processes
Provide paths for career growth, advancement and career change
Providing comprehensive onboarding, knowledge artifacts and training
Psychological safety - a culture of sharing brave ideas and taking risks without fear
Quality assurance – end-to-end quality starting with design
Quality control – testing conformance quality
Reducing IT inefficiencies such as low data quality
Restructuring, retrenchment and reorganization
Results-only work environment – a free work environment where employees are measured by outcomes such as revenue
Risk management – identifying and treating risk
Roadmaps – a long term plan
Safety first – prioritizing health and safety above all else
Segregation of duties – designing roles not to have too much power
Self-managed teams – allowing teams to self-organize
Setting clear direction
Setting clear priorities
Setting clear timelines and budget
Setting expectations for work quality
Setting goals with every member of your team
Setting high standards and expectations
Sharing and scaling what works
Ship often – regularly getting improvements out to customers
Sidelining resistance to change
Simplifying work processes and administration
Solving the root cause of problems
Standard operating procedures
Standard timeframes – standardizing time expectations
Streamline processes
Stretch targets to encourage career development
Team morale and comradery
Trust and verify – empowering employees to do work as they please but verifying results
Visual problems – designing processes and reporting to quickly highlight problems

Management Strategy

This is the complete list of articles we have written about management strategy.
Business Transformation
Capability Analysis
Capability Management
Change Control
Change Management
Fail Well
Last Responsible Moment
Management By Exception
Management Strategy
Management Strategy II
Message Framing
Nudge Theory
Organizing Principle
Performance Management
Political Capital
Preventive Action
Process Improvement
Process Reengineering
Risk Management
Strategic Planning
Target Operating Model
Team Culture
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