New to Management? Don’t You Worry.

Congratulations! You just got promoted into management. That’s a great achievement, and you’ve worked hard for it. Became the top producer in your technical field. Finally your talents have been recognized. And the promotion comes with a sizeable raise, more green in your wallet. Good for you!

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Your new parking spot…

And there are other perks that suddenly become yours to enjoy. Like your own parking space in the company garage. You can come as early and leave as late as you please! The same spot will always be there waiting for your new company car. Oh, did you say this job didn’t come with one? Then you should consider an upgrade right away. Think about the message you’re sending driving a Morolla. Seriously. You don’t want to be seen as a minimalist now that you are in management.  Consider something smarter, something that sends a message of being in charge. Something that will signify a strong start.  You’ll be watched. The first 90 days will be critical to your success.

Dressed for the occasion… (stock image)

That brings us to the next thing you’ll need to think about. You guessed it, your attire. No more casual. You need to exude confidence. Preferably with a bit of an edge. Shopping you go!  Remember that every occasion, from the Board meeting to the dinner hosted by the President’s wife, has its right attire. And the brand matters. I know, you’d be the first to agree. Brand is everything.

Now, prepared for success, you’ll just need to manage. Plain and simple.  You told me corporate doesn’t think you need training,  coaching, or mentoring. Good for you! They believe you’re ready. You’ve shown them the muscle. Heavy lifting, continuously exceeded targets. A smart specialist always makes a great manager. That’s what they told you, right?

Driving results…(stock image)

Don’t you worry.  Managing is fairly straight forward. Just remember you now have the powers to hire and fire. Go get your own team! What does the current team know anyway? And their loyalty to you is questionable. At the minimum, change some key players.  Shuffle the chessmen. Keep them on their toes. Nobody should become too comfortable.

To sum it up: you just need to hire the right people, instruct them in necessary detail, and manage their performance. That’s all. Hire, Instruct and Manage, HIM. Easy to memorize. You set the targets. They do the work. You monitor the results. And make sure you get the credit. It’s hard out there. Up or out, as they say. There you go. Good luck to you.

Epilogue: Despite my intention not to mix too many lemons into my blog of apples and oranges, I wanted to write this “monologue by a management consultant” after continuously finding far too many people in management jobs without the necessary skills, and seeing first hand what that can do to the teams they manage. And ultimately to the company. So here’s to lemon juice!

21 thoughts on “New to Management? Don’t You Worry.”

    1. Happy you liked it Cyndi. I’ve seen something like this many times in my day job…have to look at it with humor sometimes.

    1. Yes, we’re grinding teeth together 😀 It certainly still happens… this monologue was inspired by two recent “sightings” where poor management selection decisions took a company (one medium sized, the other small) on a downward spiral as they lost most of their top talent within a short period. It’s a pity.

  1. Ok, you’re hired! Oh wait, I don’t work anymore. LOL sorry tiny, you’ll have to find someone else….that was a different kind of post for you. But I’m sure you’ve seen this too many times in your career eh?. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend my friend!

    1. Hehe, this was a little different post…work related humor. Little lemon in the mix 😀 Weekend is going good, organizing a small b-day party for hubby tomorrow. I hope you’re feeling much better, my friend. Hugs!

    1. Great it went down smoothly! Ice and mint sounds yummy! It’s good to be one’s own boss, I am too now. But many people suffer, unfortunately, reporting to managers who have no clue what they are doing. Sometimes humor speaks loudest…so I wanted to try that avenue 🙂

  2. What’s that thing about the Peter Principle, Tiny – people being promoted to their level of incompetence? That’s a real company killer. Have a happy birthday party. Neat post.

    1. Thanks Tish! PP is alive and well, unfortunately. I look fwd to cooking today, planning to invent a new dish…to test on our friends 😀

  3. Can you guess how many times I’ve witnessed this, working for a 90,000+ tech firm for over 10 years? 🙂

    The saddest for me was watching the total destruction of the team I built after I was packaged out in 2011. Everyone on the team either left the group or the company within a year. A team that was performing best in class among it’s peer subsidiaries around the world. Heartbreaking.

    1. It’s really heartbreaking to watch, Nancy. These mistakes repeat themselves all over the world. Often the bottom line suffers in the end, but that’s very seldom traced back to bad management appointments…I’m watching a company right now (not my client) that may or may not make it. And it all started with a really bad management appointment…the guy went on a “power trip” right away.

  4. Love this post! My husband has worked his way up the corporate management ladder in the cruise industry, Mostly in guest services, i.e. everything involving the guests. During the last several years, however, he has been the head of HR for a prominent cruise line. His greatest asset has always been…surrounding himself with folks who do good work. And for those employees who might not measure up completely, my husband has the patience and skills to bring them along. When he retires in a couple of years, I am positive he will be sorely missed. From my experience in the corporate world, albeit decades ago, the man at the top always sets the tone. I am extremely proud of the young man I married 43 years ago for he has excelled in the rat race…his way…with integrity and compassion for others. Perhaps it helped to be the oldest of 12 and an ex-Catholic seminarian. hugs for sharing these wonderful words of experience…

    1. I’m so happy you liked my little “monologue”! Your husband and I are “professional cousins”, I did a long career as HR Director in international environments before I started my own consultancy. There is nothing as important as the right people in management, those who motivate and bring people along. Say my greetings to him, please. Hugs!!

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