Becoming a Manager is a big deal. Like, a really big deal.
Far too often, the step from ‘individual contributor’ to Manager is glossed over, rushed, assumed, or forced.
The promotion into this step should be, in my opinion, done carefully and deliberately – with a proper amount of excitement, accolades, and support.
But regardless of how it happened, you may find yourself in that seat now. It’s time to think a little bit differently, act a lot differently, and judge your own work and success differently.
To begin thinking this way, I have relied upon 6 pieces, from various authors and sources, that I share with first time managers.
Take a look at these wise pieces of advice and counsel from various experts:
- 7 Secrets First-Time Leaders Want to Know, Lolly Daskal
- 25 Tips for New Managers, Dan McCarthy
- 5 Essential Lessons for First Time Managers, ‘The Muse’ (contributor to Forbes.com)
- 8 Tips to Help First-Time Managers Thrive, Craig Cincotta (on Entrepreneur.com)
- Top 10 Leadership Tips for First-time Managers, Profiles International
- Why First-Time Managers Fail, Andrew G. Rosen (U.S. News)
…after you read them (or at least skim them for key ideas & topics), think what you feel you should incorporate into your own leadership & management! You know yourself and your situation best.
I recommend making a brief list of the topics/ideas that resonate with you right now, and write them down. From that list, pick one (yes, ONE) topic you will focus on for the next few months. Make that a part of your thought, study, learning and daily management practices! Then, once you feel like you’ve almost ‘mastered’ that one, do it again! Pick another, then another. #onebyone #slowandsteadywinstherace