It’s the end of another year. In a few weeks we will welcome in the year 2013. As I look back on 2012 there has been so much that has happened. Some things changed and some stayed the same. One of the things that I see as I work with leaders and businesses is that out dated management practices have stayed the same. There are so many managers and business owners that are still stuck in management practices from the 70’s. The sad part is that they believe that they are doing the right thing, even though most of them are frustrated because their business is not growing and they employees are getting better. For your employees to get better and for your business to get better, YOU must first get better and transform your leadership. Here are some solutions to those outdated management practices that will help you get started.5 Outdated Management Practice and 5 Updated Solutions1. Management Visibility – Managers can no longer walk around the office to be visible and think that it’s enough.Solution: Leadership involvement. Managers need to get involved by listening, engaging, communicating and putting employee feedback in to action.2. Balance Sheet drives decision – this cannot be the only resource for decisions and planning anymoreSolution: People drive business through customer loyalty. Focus on developing your people.3. Job Competency is sufficient – It is not enough to have employees who do just enough to get by. You can no longer accept the status quo employee.Solution: Recruit “A” players. You have to find the best player, and they are out there if you take the time to look.4. Invest in Technology for productivity – Yes, technology is important and will help in some areas improve productivity but it cannot be the only solution.Solution: Invest in people to improve productivity. Your people could be the ones that come up with the best ideas for improving technology. People should be your most important strategy.5. Incentives: more money to get more work – This is so outdated. Incentives are short lived and most of the time do not work from the beginning. More money do not get you more work.Solution: Rewards; being valued matters more than money. This is what employees need, to be valued for what they do. Recognition has a lasting impact and it drives employees to want to do more. Money will not get the same reaction.As you go into 2013, make leadership transformation apart of your new years resolution. If you change these outdated practices to the updated practices, you will see change. Happy New Year!