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Congrats! You’ve just been promoted to a management position. But there’s a hitch.
Imagine you’ve been promoted and asked to lead a new department which will have seven or eight employees. One of them is Lisa, a personal friend for several of years. You’ve shared many experiences over the years, good times and bad. She’s been a confidant, a shoulder to lean on, a cheerleader, and someone you could turn to when you needed to vent. The reverse is also true.
Another member of the team is Scott, a co-worker and peer from your previous department. He’s out-going and people enjoy his good-natured humor. He left a voice mail to congratulate you. “I’m so happy to hear you’re going to be the new manager,” he said in part. “It’s going to be a lot of work putting a new team together. I’m glad you’re going to be the new boss – I’ve always believed it’s not who you are, it’s who you know,” he joked.
That said, you’ve heard a rumor that Scott had been hoping for a promotion into management and may be resentful of your selection.
Rounding out the team are Jayne, Alicia, Amanda, Jose and James, but you don’t know them and have no firm opinion of them yet.
As the newly appointed manager, you’ll be juggling many priorities: building a team from the ground up, establishing goals and objectives, assigning tasks and projects, getting started with your new boss, and many others. Not to mention the elephant in the room: you’ll be managing friends and peers.
To do that effectively, you need a plan. Where do you begin? What do you do?
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