February 27, 2017
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Management – 10 Tips For New Managers by Christian Davis - You have just been promoted to your first management role. Chances are you are excited and at the same time slightly apprehensive about the next stage in your career.So what are my top 10 tips for new managers so that they can hit the ground running?
Believe in yourself- Sometimes, when stepping into a new role, you can face a loss of confidence. Remember that those who promoted you saw your potential. Hold this thought at the forefront of your mind in the early days.
Accept you will have struggles - You don’t want to be able to do everything in the job on day one; otherwise there is no scope for growth. Accept that, every time you take a step up in terms of the hierarchy, there are going to be struggles and challenges.
Take time to get to know people - You will probably find that it takes a bit of time to reach the point where you are fully utilized. Make use of this time to get to know people.
Get to know the culture - Every organization has its own culture, norms and behaviors. The earlier you can get to grips with this, the easier it will be to adapt to the way of working.
Don’t keep comparing - A trap to be alert to is making comparisons between your new job and where you have just come from. While past experience can be helpful, people will not appreciate you if you keep saying how much better you were at doing things at your old place.
Make your own mind up - Everyone will love to tell you about all of the good, and usually the not so good, points of others. Don’t follow like a sheep, give everyone a fair chance and make your own judgements on people.
Make small changes to start with - You may have some ideas on changes that you want to make. At the same time, you don’t want to be biting off more than you can chew. Focus on making small changes to start with.
Don’t over promise - It can be tempting to make promises at the start which you think will be popular. However, if you fail to deliver, people will hold it against you. It’s better to under promise and over deliver in my experience.
Be clear on expectations of others - Make a point of meeting with those that report directly to you and setting out your expectations of them in terms of what they have to deliver. Set these out in terms of written objectives and make sure you check progress from time to time.
Keep developing yourself - Every new job brings new challenges, so make a point of continuing to work on your professional and personal development.
Taking on your first management role is a big step so make sure you follow these simple tips and set yourself up for success. (Thank you Christian Davis of  Enterprise Business Club  

“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”  Peter Drucker
The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker (short, but powerful) is worth the read. Get the soft cover so you can underline and mark the passages that speak to you…that help you and your team and your organization be more effective.Drucker emphasizes knowing yourself and your talents/strengths and using your skills to the fullest. He also is a stickler for using your time well.  Knowing when and when you are not being effective with your time.
To your success,
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