DR. E. CAROL WEBSTER’S
E. Carol Webster, Ph.D.
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Congratulations! You’re a new manager and are excited about your new job. You want to do well and have a lot of great ideas, but not so fast…take time to settle in before making lots of changes.
Get to Know Your Staff
Sure, you came up through the ranks and know all the staff – but you don’t know them in your role as their manager. Give yourself time to settle in. See who accepts your new role as an authority figure and who doesn’t. Who has ideas to make the department better and who’s going to be a problem to you? Meet with your staff together, but also take the time to meet with them individually so that you have the benefit of their wisdom, as well as the opportunity to spot problems that may be brewing for you.
Spend Time with Your Boss
Your boss thinks enough of you to have promoted you to this position, but don’t assume you know everything about what he or she expects. Take time to understand their vision for the future and how your department fits in. Learn what has been on point in the past and what needs to change going forward. You’ll have opinions about this based upon your employment with the organization all these years, but now you’re a manager and that means you must start looking at things from a new perspective.
Respect Existing Policies and Procedures
You’ve got great insights and ideas, but don’t assume that everyone who came before was an idiot. Many policies and procedures probably still will work very well and don’t require modification. Make changes wisely and judiciously. Your staff has a lot to adjust to and more change is not necessarily better. Give everyone, including yourself, time to assess what definitely is or isn’t working before you toss it out and make radical changes.
It’s exciting to be a new manager and you should feel proud of yourself. But don’t charge ahead too fast to put your mark on things. Value your staff and preserve those policies and procedures that help things run smoothly. This reflects well on the wisdom of your predecessors as well as you!
About the Author:
Dr. E. Carol Webster is a clinical psychologist consultant in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
She is author of the book for those dealing with the stress of success ―
Success Management: How to Get to the Top and Keep Your Sanity Once You Get There,
The Fear of Success: Stop It From Stopping You! ―
the book to help you overcome fears that may be holding you back in your life and career
The Private Practice of Clinical Psychology in: Voices of Historical & Contemporary Black American Pioneers
To contact Dr. Webster visit online at http://drcarolwebster.com or call 954.797.9766.
E. Carol Webster, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychology Consulting
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