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Quick tips for the new manager

December 16, 2008 Resources, Tips No Comments

The new manager’s role is challenging

Suddenly, you have moved from being a technical or professional expert where you knew most of the answers and how to really problem-solve, to being an “expert” people manager. Well, that’s what most of the people around you expect you to be – and generally straight away!  Read more, for some quick tips …

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  1. Monitor your work hours. Set a limit and stick to it.
  2. Recognise and manage your signs of stress. Find someone who knows you and ask them to give you feedback at least every two weeks.
  3. Learn to delegate. Failure to delegate is the most common failing of new managers.
  4. Communicate, communicate, communicate! This means regular meetings with your team members and your boss. It also means talking over work issues with a partner, friend or trusted colleague (from another area).
  5. Give praise and recognition. Even “Thank You’s” are important. Look for the things people are doing well and praise them. If appropriate, also give public recognition.
  6. Focus on what is important, not what is urgent. In particular, talk with your manager about the three most important priorities he/she has for you in your role. Make sure you focus on these at all times.

Finally, find yourself a coach or mentor. This should be someone who has been or is a successful people manager. Meet regularly with them to discuss your issues, challenges and ways that you can learn and develop.


About the Author -

Bob Selden is the author of the best-selling “What To Do When You Become The Boss” – a self-help book for new managers – see details at He’s also coached at one of the world’s premier business schools, the Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland and regularly advises managers around the globe on their current challenges. Please add your comments to this article or contact Bob via if you would like some free advice on your current management challenge.


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