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Executive Leaders: Tips For Successful Remote Management

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Executive Leaders: Tips For Successful Remote Management

A sure sign of a successful business is the opportunity to expand into new markets. If your organization expands enough—for example, if your firm opens offices in other cities, states, or even countries—it may be necessary to set up remote managers in those locations. There are many benefits to having remote managers, but also some challenges. Here are some things to consider when using remote managers.

Have an organized structure for communication. With today's technology, there are many options for setting up remote communication. Find the technology that works the best for your organization and make sure your remote managers are up-to-date. It is also important that they know how and when to keep you and the other managers updated, as well as preferred methods of communication.

Be clear on your expectations. Because you will not have constant contact with your remote managers, you and they need to be on the same page about what they should be doing. Work with them to make a list of concrete objectives and priorities. It also helps to have a guide for what to do when problems arise so that you can assist your managers.

Be flexible. Each location will have its own issues and idiosyncrasies, so it is important to keep those in mind when creating policies for remote mangers. As Executive Leader, you will have to create and maintain the standards and objectives of your organization as a whole. It may be more efficient, however, to let remote managers handle their offices in a way that works for their location rather than force them to adhere to company policy that was not necessarily made with them in mind.

Provide feedback. Don't let your remote managers work in a vacuum. Keep them updated on the overall direction of the organization, and make sure they know how their contributions are affecting the business. Let your remote managers know where you think they have been successful and where you would like them to improve so they can move forward with confidence. Be careful, however, of over-managing, and trust your remote managers to do their jobs.

Encourage feedback. Just as the remote managers need your input to maintain their part of the business, you as Executive Leader need their input to make decisions that affect not only the remote offices but the entire company. Actively solicit feedback from your remote mangers and make sure they know your virtual door is always open.

Schedule face-to-face meetings. Some communication is best done in person, so it is beneficial to the executive and remote managers to have scheduled face-to-face time. This is a wonderful opportunity for circulating feedback as well as affirming the professional relationship between the executive and remote managers.

Managing remote managers requires different skills than managing a single office. It also requires a different kind of trust and organization between the Executive Leader and his or her remote managers. It may be challenging, but a solid team of remote managers can bring new layers to your organization and create new opportunities for future success.

 

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