Navigating the Waters: Tips for the First Time Manager

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Published on January 4, 2014

Author: robinschooling



The transition to the role of manager is exciting but also challenging. With new responsibilities and expectations it’s necessary for newly hired or promoted individuals to get off to the right start. A new manager needs to strengthen their personal skills, develop a team focus and build organization awareness.

Navigating the Waters:! Tips for the First Time Manager! Robin Schooling, SPHR ! Silver Zebras, LLC! January 2014!

“Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.” ! –Peter Drucker!

getting work done through others !

Manage Yourself! •  Discuss expectations with your manager! •  Clarify objectives! •  Prepare for continuous learning!

“Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.” ! –Peter Drucker!

you don’t know … what you don’t know !

Prepare for Challenges! •  Transition from peer to leader! •  Making tough choices! •  Can you ‘take the heat?’ ! !

3 Components! •  Strengthen your personal skills! •  Develop a team focus! •  Build your organizational awareness!

Personal Skills!

The Reality of the Working Manager!

Managing Priorities! •  Time management! •  Use technology wisely! •  Get clarity ! !

it’s addition; not subtraction!

Communication! •  Personal! •  Group! •  Remote!

Human Resources! ! ! Payroll! ! Employee Relations! ! Compliance!

Talent Management! Have a ‘talent mindset’ in all you do!!


Style! •  •  •  •  •  •  Authoritative Directive/Coercive Affiliative Democratic/Participative Pacesetting Coaching ! Hay/McBer!

Team Focus!


Delegation: it still takes time! •  Build trust! •  Assign the work! •  Articulate the desired outcomes! •  Guide and support! •  Failure can provide an opportunity for learning!

Performance Management! Continuous and Ongoing! !

Your Role! •  Set expectations! •  Observe behavior! •  Give feedback! •  Hold people accountable!

Organizational Awareness!

Strategic Relationships! •  Targeted! •  Tentative! •  Transactional ! •  Trusted ! ! Berson/Stieglitz

The Art of Influence!

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” –Ken Blanchard!

5 Easy Pieces! •  Establish trust ! •  Be genuine! •  Make others feel important! •  Be consistent! •  Reciprocate!

Chart your Course!!

Inspire and Engage!! •  Strengthen •  Develop •  Build your personal skills! a team focus! your organizational awareness!

Developing integrated HR and Talent Strategies for business success! Robin Schooling, SPHR
 @RobinSchooling !

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