New Managerial Job #1

18 Aug

Beginning a new job as a manager is a terrific opportunity. It gives you the opportunity to reflect on your past practices, and refine them to become a better manager. Also, remember Mary Poppins’ advice: “Well begun is half done.”

Evidence shows that the make-or-break element in a managerial job is how the people respond to and interact with you. These relationships come in three flavors, Your: 1.Boss, 2.Peers & colleagues and, 3.Direct reports.  Identifying and managing these relationships is essential to a good beginning.

Understanding that you are responsible for the quality of the relationship with your boss is key to making this relationship work. Remember, your boss is very busy and, unless she is atypical, only initiates interactions with you when there is a problem.

If possible, try to arrange several conversations with your new manager.  Three topics for fruitful discussion are: 1. The culture of the organization, 2. What you manager perceives to be your major challenges and 3. Her expectations of you.  Managing your boss is a core component of developing the role of a successful manager.

For more in-depth on this topic go to the Corridor Business Journal.

Next week, how to manage the expectations of your new employees.

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