Some of the advantages and disadvantages of a divided work force is shown
in the following table:
developed expertise development
unable to see big
sometimes do menial
development of skills tasks
sees big picture
requires broader skills
All phases of leadership and management require coordinating. It starts at
the planning stage when deciding who is the right person for the job, whether
the material to do the job is onboard, and if the work environment is ready to
support the job. Coordinating outside shop support, equipment readiness,
and timely completion ensures that deadlines are met and no one shop is
scrambling because another shop fell behind.
Supervising is more than coordinating work flow and staying abreast of new
technologies. It involves communicating both up and down the chain of
command, thoughtful and timely decisions, and consistency and fairness. Be
supportive without interfering or stifling creativity. Regularly monitor
inexperienced personnel, but monitor experienced personnel far less.
Provide feedback and motivate your crew. Fulfill administrative obligations
accurately and in a timely manner.
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