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What do you remember being the most effective way and words a manager used to ask you to do a task?

I may be taking on a new management job and am searching for the best and effective words to use when asking my employees to complete tasks during the day. I have had great managers in the past, but also want your opinion as to what made you want to do the job and what absolutely didn't work.

Asked By: sunzappa - 1/11/2008
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One of my immediate supervisors used to tell me, "I know this is one of your special talents so would you please get this done for me?" Ask, don't tell and never assign a task to another person that you would not do yourself. I also used to be an Assistant Manager at a variety store.
Answered By: Frosty - 1/11/2008
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"Hey ______ as soon as you get a chance I need you to __________ thank you."
Answered By: ~LoVeRgIrL~ - 1/11/2008
 
The CEO of a major Canadian relief organization told me that "the head of the Kenyan mission wanted a 'Sidloski type' to head up the national emergency program" there (that was in 1992!). "So I thought why not send 'Sidloski... More
Answered By: Rodney - 1/11/2008
 
You will find it easy to assign tasks if you develop mutual respect. The best manager I ever had always started a meeting on time. Thing was, he spent five minutes asking us about life outside of work. Five minutes well-spent in my view... More
Answered By: skip - 1/11/2008
 
I had a truly terrible situation at work; I had been there about a year and I loved my job and my co workers and this girl from hell came and made everyone's life a living nightmare. Even both my supervisor and manager were reluctant to deal with her, and she picked and picked at me and was so loud and obnoxious I... More
Answered By: thisisme - 1/11/2008
 
The first word out of your mouth should be "please". The last ones should be "thank you". Always be friendly and non-confrontational. If you demand, rather than ask, you will likely be met with a bad attitude and reluctance to perform the desired task. EMT
Answered By: emt_me911 - 1/12/2008
 
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