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iManage, Issue #32 - New to Managing People? 3 Steps to Get You Started
May 27, 2012


New to Managing People? 3 Steps to Get You Started

Gerry had strong technical skills and was rewarded for his work performance by winning a promotion within his organisation.

He felt elated, as his new job as a manager sent out a signal that his hard work was at last being recognised.

After a few days, his initial euphoria was replaced by an uneasy feeling - now he was expected to manage - and even lead - his co-workers!

He knew everyone would be watching to see how he handled himself in his new role.

If you find yourself in Gerry's position, here are 3 steps to get you started:

Step 1: Seek out your Stakeholders

These are the people who have authority and influence over the work you do. Ask them for advice on how to define your new role. What outcomes are they are expecting from you, both in the short and long term?

These stakeholders will include your immediate manager, but there may be others in the organisation who would also be willing to assist and advise you.

Work to build long term relationships with these people, ideally in person, or at least by phone or email.

Step 2: Create Communication Channels

Good managers or leaders do not lock themselves away in an ivory tower. Think about how you are going to communicate with your team and others on a regular basis, both individually and in groups.

Schedule those events in your diary - and don't get diverted by short-term crises. Good two way communication often prevents crises from developing in the first place.

Step 3: Be Proud of Your Progress

Sometimes being a good people manager or leader involves an investment in time - and immediate results are not always apparent.

Building team morale and a sense of company loyalty does not happen overnight. Keep your eye on your long term goals and celebrate the small successes along the way.

Remember that every manager or leader has a different style - there is no one "right way". Trust your instincts and your ability, learn from your mistakes and keep moving forward with a strong sense of self belief. If you have that and treat people with respect along the way, your team will be more inclined follow you.

Watch out for our next free webinar, where we will explore basic management skills in more depth.

For detailed advice on employee motivation and performance, download our Motivation in the Workplace Package for a comprehensive, step by step approach with lots of practical tips.

Best wishes

Ann Halloran

Practical Management Skills

Practical management skills advice for business owners and managers. Get best practice tips on a personal development and people management skills such as time management, leadership, communication, managing change and more.

Content based on 30 years management/consultancy experience gained in a wide range of business sectors.

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