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What Should New Managers Should Focus On

Congratulations on your new position! As a new manager, you’re ready to hit the ground running. But keep in mind, transitioning into a new position takes time. With a new set of responsibilities comes a new learning curve to navigate. In the video below, Josh Mangum, Director of Strategy at Search Solution Group, discusses five tips for new managers to help keep you on track as you step into your new role.

1. Thoroughly Understand the Role

As a new manager, it’s important that you speak to your supervisor to clearly define your objectives and key performance indicators (KPI) to know how your success will be measured. Your objectives and KPIs are the foundation for setting your performance goals and leading your team to success. Once you’ve established solid objectives with your supervisor, everything you do should be focused on achieving these objectives. Remember, lack of clarity on your part carries over to lack of clarity for your team. Without a clear target for success, team performance and morale will suffer.

2. Fully Understand Team Dynamics and Processes

Working as a team member is different from leading the team. In your new role as manager, your perspective on team dynamics and company processes change. Take time to step back and assess how your role as manager is different and pay attention to nuances you may not have noticed before. This is particularly true when you are promoted internally. Be sure you understand the way the team functions, each team member’s role and how your team fits in with the organization as a whole. Also, beware that your team pays attention to your attitude and looks to you for guidance. You have the authority now and it’s time for you to take charge.

3. Spend Time with Your Team

You’re the leader but you’re also a member of the team. Don’t isolate yourself. Interact with the members of your team to learn what motivates them and what their goals are. Really get to know them well. Talk to each person to learn their individual perspective on how they feel they fit in with the team and the company. Even if you have worked with team members before your promotion, it’s important to discuss goals with them to develop your new relationship dynamic. The more new managers know about their team, the more effectively they can lead them to success. Also, remaining actively engaged with the group will result in a happier experience for the entire team.

4. Dig In

Once your new position begins, really dig in and work hard as a manager. Put in the extra work and extra effort to stand out. Be on the lookout for opportunities for improvement but don’t be too quick to make changes. Over time, make small changes that increase efficiency and help things move smoothly. Working hard from the beginning also signals the team you’re productive and dedicated to success. Your work ethic will encourage team members who want to work in productive teams. Energetic managers that are productive and results-oriented motivate team members to follow their lead.

5. Gain Your Team’s Trust

The team leader sets the tone for the team. Practice what you preach and maintain a high standard of work performance. Be the first in and last out most days and show the team that you’re working hard. Through your actions, demonstrate that you’re committed to their individual success, the success of the team and the overall success of the company. When you believe in your team, your team will believe in you. In addition to the example you set through your own work performance, always be open and willing to discuss the team’s goals and the company’s goals and expectations. Transparency on your end builds trust.

Now that you’re armed with these five recommendations, take action today to put them into practice. Work hard, lead your team with confidence and enjoy your new position as manager. 

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