It’s normal to be a little nervous when starting a new management position. The best way of dealing with those fears is to really hit the ground running from day one. Make a great first impression with our top tips on making an immediate impact.
The Tried and Tested Techniques for New Managers
- Hello! My Name Is...
- How Things Get Done
- Quick Wins
- Be Wary of Team Shake-ups
- Identify Mentoring Opportunities
- Don't Compare Yourself to Your Predecessor
- Lead By Example
- Give Feedback and Constructive Criticism
1. Hello! My Name Is…
Really simple one to start. Make sure you learn everyone’s names and go out of your way to introduce yourself as soon as possible. Your team might be slightly sceptical of you in the beginning so the best way to win them over is with a friendly first impression.
Fail to learn their name and you’ll see how quickly someone loses respect for you.
2. How Things Get Done
Whether you’ve started a management position in a new organisation or you’ve just recently become a manager, you need to know how to get things done efficiently. What’s the best way of getting something done? What’s likely to cause a roadblock? Knowing this early on stands to help you make a great impact.
Your first projects as a new manager need to be successful and having this information will make the process a whole lot easier.
3. Quick Wins
You’ve been hired to manage this team and the projects they carry out. You’ll no doubt have lofty goals for the future but we’d recommend getting a few quick wins under your belt. This can boost morale, show your superiors you’re up to the task and establish great momentum you can utilise going forward.
Pick a few smaller jobs and focus on them first.
4. Be Wary of Team Shake-ups
There might be a temptation to really stamp your mark on your new team and make sweeping changes to processes. Your team is just getting used to a new manager, they don’t need the hassle of major changes to their day-to-day work. Take the time to understand what’s already working so you don’t accidentally make things worse.
Often, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel.
5. Identify Mentoring Opportunities
Everyone wants to feel valued and challenged at work. A good way to make an immediate impact is to identify mentoring opportunities. These can be with you, other managers or within the team itself. It’s about sharing knowledge and skills for the benefit of the wider organisation.
Giving some employees more responsibility is a great way of improving morale and better utilising the resources at your disposal.
6. Don’t Compare Yourself to Your Predecessor
It doesn’t matter if they were good or bad, popular or loathed, avoid comparing yourself to your predecessor. There’s enough work to do without the pressure of comparisons to previous holders of your role. Change is complicated for many people so expect a variety of reactions and be receptive to all of them.
If you’re new to management, then the best piece of advice we can give you is to listen twice as much as you speak. We’ve all had managers who were difficult to communicate with.
To make sure you’re the opposite of that, establish an open door policy so that any member of your team can raise issues or ideas. Team members will feel valued and respected as their voice is heard.
8. Lead by Example
The quickest way to make an immediate impact is by leading from the front. No one’s going to follow your instructions if you don’t adhere to them yourself. This is true of all things within the business. The dress code, communications, chain of command, punctuality - set an example to others to gain credibility.
9. Give Feedback and Constructive Criticism
Regular feedback is a great motivational tool for managers to use. Provide random positive updates that the whole business can see to highlight great work from a team or individual. At some point, you’ll also have to deal with below par performance.
How you address a situation like this will be scrutinised by everyone else. Avoid any kind of public attack. Instead, offer constructive criticism privately and offer encouragement rather than rejection.
These nine tips should help you to make a positive impact in your new managerial role. One of the most important skills you’ll find yourself using every day is how you communicate. Good communication is vital for productivity, customer service and employee morale.
Don’t worry if it’s not something you think you’re the best at, there’s always time to improve. A good starting place is our free eBook that’s available below.
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