Get the New Manager Basics Right
Only 25% of employees say that their companies are good at helping individuals transition into their first managerial roles. Even if you have been in a management position for a long time, it’s never too late to review the new manager basics and take stock of how you are doing. We can all improve.
5 New Manager Basics
Just as you expect your team to continuously improve their performance, apply the same yardstick to your own performance as a manager.How well are you doing with the following five new manager basics?
You will know that you are headed in the right direction when your team can articulate not only the goals, roles, scope, inter-dependencies, and metrics for success but also how their contribution fits into overall company success.
This level of strategic clarity will allow your team to better prioritize, make decisions, manage conflict, and allocate resources.
At a minimum, make sure that people feel well informed about issues going on within the company, have enough information and resources to do their job well, and believe that their ideas are taken seriously and followed up on. Do not underestimate the importance of clear two-way communication in terms of engaging and retaining top talent.
Listen to your employees in the trenches and consider their suggestions and feedback. Stay flexible and ready to adopt a new way of doing things if warranted.
Good managers learn from their mistakes and are able to prioritize their tactical activities day-by-day while keeping the big picture in mind and thinking ahead.
The Bottom Line
85% of new managers receive no formal training prior to becoming a new manager. If you want to set your new managers up for success, ensure that your new manager training teaches them the new manager basics of setting expectations, communicating, being open-minded, managing conflict, and being reflective.
To learn more new manager basics, download 5 Management Misperceptions that Slip Up Too Many New Managers
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