New managers think — “I’ll be just like my favorite manager.”
Whether you’re a startup founder turned employer or an individual contributor turned manager, here’s a new series from Newance on the most common ways to go from a frustrated new manager to a happy best manager.
Like parents, new managers tend to manage the way they themselves have been managed.
They lean into the habits that they appreciated and away from those they didn’t. They may have loved a manager who pushed hard or hated the way a manager ran meetings.
Learning from personal experience is a wonderful thing but the reality is that each team member will need something a bit different.
- When are they most productive?
- What management styles or methods of communication have worked well for them in the past?
- What pet peeves do they have?
- What do they expect from this relationship?
These can be best observed and noted when a team member is thriving and/or struggling. It’s also impactful to ask them directly and adjust accordingly.
The best managers know: I’ll need to adjust my style a bit for each person. It’s part of the job to get to know my team and create an environment where they can be successful.
About Newance: We love helping teams create a talent strategy and plan both for how to select a manager and how to ensure and measure manager success. When we’re not doing that, we provide talent strategy consulting, recruitment and experience based offerings to maximize engagement across the talent lifecycle. Let us know if we can help you — firstname.lastname@example.org.