One of the toughest adjustments new managers have to make is managing their transition from specialist or expert operator to someone who is no longer required to play to these strengths.
I’ve worked with many managers (well-seasoned ones and young bucks,) and most of them saw this transition as a real baptism of fire (…but without a Priest to guide them through.)
Becoming the Boss
Here’s what one manager told me when I was coaching him.
“When I first became a manager I was really uncomfortable with the sudden nom de plume “Boss.” In one fell swoop I went from being one of the gang to becoming the gang leader, not by common consent of the team, but through imposition as far as they were concerned. I found the hierarchy really hard to get used to. To be honest, I don’t know that I ever have.”
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