Questions New Managers Should Ask
Based upon feedback from thousands of new managers during new manager training, we have identified questions new managers should ask on day one if they want to be set up for success.
Too Many New Managers Are Not Prepared
The shift from being an individual contributor to taking on the role of manager is huge. Unfortunately, very few new managers are well prepared to succeed without a lot of management training and support.
A recent McKinsey study found that nearly 70% of senior executives are only “somewhat” or “not at all satisfied” with the performance of their companies’ front-line managers and that 81% of front-line managers are not satisfied with their own performance.
Even Experienced Leaders Stumble
Leadership transitions can be daunting. But there are steps you can take that will minimize leadership mistakes and maximize both your performance and the performance of your team. And those steps are the same for new managers who are in over their head and for leaders who have been leading ineffectively.
Questions New Managers Should Ask on Day One
Smart leaders invest the time and energy to understand the current situation, complications, and implications of their role and their team from day one. Based upon people manager assessment data, here are twenty two questions new managers should ask, and answer, from the start:
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The Bottom Line
Effective new managers know that their success is measured by the success of their team. If you do not know the answers to the above questions new managers should ask, you need to show some vulnerability and ask for help. Find someone who has tackled similar challenges before and have them help set your team up for success.
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