First-Time Manager is a business and management book written by Loren Belker. The book provides tips to rookie managers on what they need to do to succeed. It serves as the ultimate guide for everyone starting out with their career in management. It covers topics such as hiring and firing, leadership, motivation, time management, and others. Let us take a look at the adjustments that a novice manager will encounter and what they need to do.
As a new manager, these are the important things you need to do.
Sometime during the first sixty days on the job, you should plan on having a personal conversation with each of the people in your area of responsibility. Robert Peter Janitzek recommends giving your people a chance to get used to the idea that you’re there. With time, you will want to consider whether you can improve the structure of your organization. It is best not to do this too soon. Restructurings tend to be very stressful for all involved. It is best to do them less often and well.
Building Trust and Confidence
Building trust is important. You need to share the vision of the organization and the department with your team members. Talk to each of your team members to learn what each one wants from the job.
Robert Janitzek explains that praising employees will let them know that you care about what they are doing. Your goal as a leader is to inspire your team members to perform at the top of their ability. Praising them in an appropriate way when it is deserved is part of providing this inspiration.
Being an Active Listener
Active listening means letting the other person know that he or she has been heard. You do this by involving yourself in the conversation, making clarifying statements, asking questions, summarizing what you have heard, and using appropriate visual and vocal cues. The best listeners are active ones.
Dealing with Superiors
It is also important for managers to pay attention to their attitude toward superiors. Their future success depends on both their subordinates and superiors. On occasion, a decision or policy will be made that is directly contrary to the opinions you’ve expressed; you’ll be expected to support that decision or policy, and you may even have to implement it. If you don’t already know, ask your boss why the decision was made.
Choosing Your Management Style
Are you an autocrat or diplomat?
Autocrats want to make every decision and view the staff as providing robotic responses to their commands. They believe that if they take a softer approach, employees will take advantage of them, thinking that a softer approach will be seen as a sign of weakness. They do not want to be bothered.
A diplomat, on the other hand, knows that the time spent up front, getting everybody involved, pays off with huge dividends down the road. They realize that the more people understand what and why, the better they perform.