Michelle Writes for Wax Digital

17th April, 2019

The Art of Management: How to successfully manage team growth 

When your company goes through a period of growth, then it’s undoubtedly a sign you’re doing something right. But amongst the recognition and plaudits the business has garnered as a result, there’s likely to be a degree of change. Often, a growing company means bigger and more varied teams that can appear to change the well-kept dynamic that the manager and employees have worked hard to nurture. 

As part of their ongoing Art of Management feature - a series that picks the brains of industry experts to shine a light on common management issues – eProcurement specialists, Wax Digital tapped our founder and CEO Michelle Wright for her expertise. The perceived challenges of managing a growing team can seem difficult if you’re unsure where to begin. Luckily, Michelle’s vast experience made her a natural fit to provide some essential advice to deal with this very issue. 

"Our business is fast moving, and no two days are the same. The key is regular short communication. I have five-minute calls most days with my senior managers to move work forward, keep momentum and deal with any issues promptly."

Bringing new employees into a team that has found its rhythm can be a challenge from the outset. From making up for the decrease in contact time to minimising friction, there’s a lot to consider once new people are brought in. As well as providing some insight into the ways in which we do things here at Cause4, Michelle’s responses provide a valuable template for businesses that may be struggling with their own growth. Whether it’s recognising success in a larger team or improving the workflow, we’re confident that the article shows that managing team growth is something to be embraced rather than shied away from.  

For more of Michelle’s insights and advice, you can read the full article, as well as the rest of the Art of Management, here.

"The course was informative, enjoyable, covering plenty of ground in just one day without feeling rushed at all. It came at a crucial time in our planning and thinking as a development team and was a very welcome pause for thought. Michelle was a brilliant facilitator and it was a real benefit to hear about her experiences across the sector."

Jane Reynolds, Development Manager, Manchester International Festival