Organizational Wellness

A Leader’s Guide to Key Business Management Basics

Dec 20, 2023
Last Updated Dec 20, 2023

Successful companies rely on c-suites to move them towards their goals — and business management is how successful leaders meet those expectations.

Effective management is no simple task. It requires operating on multiple levels, often simultaneously. Leaders have to ensure day-to-day processes run smoothly, shape and oversee long-term visions, and nimbly adapt to changing market landscapes. Sometimes you have to deal with all of this before you even get your morning coffee!

Having a firm grasp on the fundamentals of business management lets leaders stay on top of the rapid-fire place of today’s business.  Leverage these actionable tips and practical frameworks to optimize your organization's performance.

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What Is Business Management?

Business process management is a broad term that encompasses the systematic planning, organizing, directing, and oversight of a company’s resources to achieve its goals. Some of the primary goals of business management are directing personnel and algingin business operations with the company's mission and vision. 

Strong business management is essential for organizational growth. It streamlines operations and cultivates a positive organizational culture. This provides clear direction, allowing leaders to focus their efforts on strategic objectives and increasing efficiencies.

Benefits of Effective Business Management

Business management plays a crucial role in the success and sustainability of any organization. Effective management offers a multitude of benefits that are integral to a company’s short-term and long-term success. These include:

  1. Strategic Alignment: Helps that the company remains focused on its core goals, aligning all activities and budgets towards achieving these objectives.
  2. Adaptability to Market Dynamics: Aids organizations to efficiently adapt to changing market conditions and trends, maintaining relevance and competitiveness.
  3. Cultivation of Accountability and Transparency: Fosters a culture where accountability and transparency are paramount.This helps build trust among stakeholders, including investors and customers.
  4. Enhanced Employee Engagement: Clear leadership and efficient processes support increased employee engagement. This directly impacts workforce morale and satisfaction. And increasing employee engagement can help improve a company’s growth and profits, according to People Element.
  5. Increased Productivity: When employees are engaged and motivated, productivity increases, benefiting the overall performance of the organization.
  6. Reduced Turnover Rates: Efficient management is tied to lower employee turnover rates, providing consistency and retention of expertise within the company.
  7. Improved Employee Wellbeing: Smooth and effective business processes can reduce employee stress. Since employees with higher levels of wellbeing are more productive, this can enhance your company’s success.

There are several examples of companies that have thrived through effective business management. Take Apple, for instance, where the late Steve Jobs' leadership and meticulous attention to detail in product development and marketing contributed to its exponential growth. 

Basic Business Management Skills

Developing several key skills and deploying effective professional development strategies can enhance one's ability to manage a business.

Decision-Making

Informed decision-making is the bedrock of effective business management. Managers often need to analyze data and consider potential outcomes before making choices that impact their organization. These decisions can range from things like entering new markets to daily operational processes. Strong decision-making skills can help a company navigate uncertainties, as well as foster accountability and trust.

Self-Awareness

Self-awareness is another cornerstone of leadership and management. Leaders who understand their strengths and weaknesses can communicate more effectively and build strong relationships with their teams. This skill also extends to recognizing the impact of their actions on employee wellbeing. Practical tips for developing self-awareness include seeking feedback from peers and practicing mindfulness.

Management Training

Structured management training programs offer a systematic approach to skill development. Almost half of managers with less than a year of experience say they’ve had no training, according to Lorman. By providing access to training programs, you can transform management within your company. They cover a wide range of topics, from leadership and strategic planning to communication and conflict resolution. Many online platforms offer management courses that are accessible to individuals at various stages of their careers. Investing in management training also benefits the organization by improving leadership capabilities and driving innovation.

Mentorship

Mentorship is invaluable in grooming future business leaders. Experienced employees provide guidance and help to newer hires, helping them navigate the complexities of management roles. Companies can encourage mentorship by establishing formal programs that pair seasoned executives with emerging leaders. 

Consume Business Management Content

Staying updated with the latest trends is another way to improve business management skills. This can mean reading management books and taking online courses or following reputable sources of management content. All of this can help your organization stay on top of best practices and emerging strategies. A well-informed workforce is better equipped to create innovative solutions as challenges arise.

Practical Experiences

Developing these skills is not just about theoretical knowledge — it also involves practical application. While training and knowledge are helpful, hands-on experience allows individuals to apply their learning. Creating opportunities for employees to take on new responsibilities and solve complex challenges can accelerate skill development. Such on-the-job learning drives organizational growth.

The Role of Communication in Business Management

Effective communication is one of the top contributors to successful business management. Clear and open communication helps convey the company's vision and strategies so that every team member understands their role. It fosters a collaborative environment where ideas, feedback, and concerns can be freely exchanged.

Establishing clear communication channels and protocols is foundational. Leveraging technology — such as messaging apps or project management software — can facilitate real-time updates and keep information organized. Promoting active listening and encouraging regular feedback sessions are also effective ways to improve communication across an organization.

Companies like Google, for example, have excelled through effective communication. Consider Google's "TGIF" (Thank God It's Friday) meetings, where executives openly discuss company matters and answer employee questions. This connectivity fosters transparency and engagement. 

The Evolution of Business Management Over Time

Business management practices have evolved over the years to meet the needs of the time. In the early 20th century, the scientific management approach pioneered by Frederick Taylor emphasized efficiency through time and motion studies. It focused on optimizing tasks and workflows. 

The mid-20th century saw the rise of management theories like Total Quality Management (TQM) and Management by Objectives (MBO), which prioritized quality control and goal-setting. Later in the 20th century came concepts like Business Process Reengineering (BPR), which aimed to streamline and redesign entire business processes for greater efficiency.

Advancing technology continues to change business management. Today, management practices emphasize innovation and adaptability. Digital tools and data analytics have revolutionized decision-making, allowing for more informed and data-driven strategies. And the hierarchical, top-down approach to organizational structure has given way to flatter setups that encourage collaboration. 

Staying up-to-date and adaptable is crucial for an organization’s continued success. Companies must continually evolve their management practices to remain competitive. 

Business Management that Increases Profitability

Effective business management maximizes a company’s success. It allows for quality decision-making and efficient use of resources, fostering a positive work environment. This allows employees to do their best work.

A business always does better when employees are doing well. Companies often neglect to factor employee wellbeing into their business decisions, but those that do have a competitive advantage. Happy and healthy employees are not only more productive, they’re also more likely to stay with a company and be more productive. Gympass clients, for example, see turnover drop by up to 40% and healthcare spending reduce by upwards of 35%.

If you're ready to unlock these advantages for your organization, talk to a Gympass wellbeing specialist today.

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