The New Manager’s Playbook
What does it mean to be a good manager today? The modern definition of management is getting people to work together to reach company goals and objectives.
Managing successfully takes a great deal of knowledge about the individuals on your team and the different work styles they may have.
The transition from team member to team manager can be jolting. The hours are different, the pay is different, and most of all the pressure is on a whole new level. Your first duty as a new manager is to understand who you work with and find ways to bring out best out in them.
Different types of people need different things.
With your new boss, you’ll want to make sure they know your plans. Give them the opportunity to give feedback often and be sure to set expectations early.
Your creative team member may need help to stay on track. Offer a schedule and structure, but also offer lots of positive feedback and praise for their work.
Finally, your most organized go-getter on the team needs to feel empowered. He or she will be the one to keep meetings on track and ensure goals are met.
You’ll always be learning new management skills, but where exactly should you start? Keep these tips in mind as you gear up for the next exciting phase in your career.
Dress the Part
Dressing up is always better than going casual. Looking polished and put together will help you gain the respect your age may cause you to lack from colleagues. Be ready for the daytime meetings and the evening client dinner by choosing tasteful pieces that can go from day to night.
Know the Rules
Every office has some type of politics. Be sure to understand these new, sometimes unspoken rules by having someone in the office you trust spell them out for you. Be sure to be on time, shake hands with every new person you meet, and check your entitlement at the door.
We’re so used to our phones and our friends being just a click away. But if you want to impress, you’ll have to separate yourself and focus.
Know when to turn the social media machine off and focus on your work. Give yourself a few minutes a day to check your favorite sites; after that say “no” to social media. Continue to work hard and take pride in your work as your end product will speak for itself.
Find a Mentor
Finding a mentor can sometimes be challenging. If you are unable to connect with a solid mentor, emulate someone in the building you look up to. Pay attention to why you respect this person so much and practice these qualities. Grab coffee with them and ask them to talk about their career trajectory with you. They may not have the time to commit to you for months or years, but they can certainly grab a coffee and answer some of your burning questions.
Say No to Gossip
Sometimes the most liked person is the most powerful person. And the first step to being liked is being genuinely kind to everyone you interact with on a daily basis. When others are bashing your place of employment or your boss, don’t join in. It kills morale and can cause you to start hating your job (and subsequently your life).
It can also cause others to lose respect for you. Set yourself apart by keeping yourself out of destructive conversations.
Youth is a beautiful thing. You have the eagerness, time, and energy to take over the world if you can focus long enough to do it. Hit the ground running in your career by going the extra mile, doing the research, and paying attention to the details.
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