Worker Bee To Bee Keeper: Avoid These Mistakes As A New Manager #HR #Leadership

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What next when we move up from worker bee to bee keeper? The transition can be difficult for sure. You have to learn whole new ways of thinking, like how to delegate, while at the same time becoming an even better listener. You’ll have to overcome the propensity to do everything yourself while still being accountable. Like riding a bike all beginnings are hard. The first days of your new position are crucial. Here are few common mistakes to avoid from Behance:

1. Still doing your old job:

“The mistake in thinking is two-fold: the new manager is more comfortable with their own hands-on role, so, when they are confronted with problems that can be solved by either doing the job themselves or delegating the job and teaching/encouraging/assigning someone else to do it, they choose to do it themselves and (secondly) the perception that their team will not respect them unless they ‘lead from the front.’”

2. Using fear to assert your new authority:

Stephanie Vardavas  experienced one of the toughest new manager tasks — one many handle poorly — immediately after assuming a more senior role. She wrote: “On the very day I was first promoted to Vice President at one job, I had to fire someone. It was awful but necessary (he was stealing), and it toughened me up for the few times afterwards when it was necessary to make that kind of change. . .Having said that” she added. “I’ve seen new managers fire people just to flex their muscles and prove that they can, and that’s just horrible.” […]

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Jim Woods

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