The red balloon (and the promotion) is yours! You are about to transition into management. But you are a bit worried about how lonely it seems up there. If you have not been given the benefit of new manager training, you need to be proactive in preparing yourself for the challenges ahead.
Don’t be shy about asking for help or guidance from someone you trust. Meantime, begin by prioritizing your activities and taking charge of your own path upward.
- What is most important to do the first week? Certainly you will want to meet with your team and set up one-on-one meetings so you learn about who they are on both a personal and professional basis. Then plan what is most critical to accomplish in the first month…and then in the first quarter.
- Who will be most critical to your success besides your team? Plan to meet with those stakeholders in the organization upon whom you will depend upon for resources, support and collaboration.
- What are the current gaps in your knowledge of how to manage well and how can you fill them? Get help to identify your strengths and weaknesses and have a clear plan to play to your strengths while augmenting and improving your weaknesses.