Starting at any new company is always daunting, but doubly so if you are going into a management position. Without knowing the existing culture at your new company, it is very difficult to put your stamp on the job and start to bring your own style of management to the team. Not only this, there may be people who are not too happy about your new position and will attempt to make life as difficult as possible for you.
Before starting your new management role, there are a few things that you should think about so you can really hit the ground running.
1. Ask questions
Some people see asking questions as a sign of weakness, but it will be the quickest way for you to find out about your new company. Not only this, people will see that you are willing to take the time to learn about the company, rather than rushing in and doing things your way from the very start. Try to speak to all the members of your new team (or at least the most senior people if it is a particularly large group) to find out their individual skills and areas of expertise. This is also a good way of getting to know people quickly and shows you are interested in their roles in the business.
2. Bring a fresh approach
After this initial period of getting to know everyone and finding out about the company, you can start to bring in some of your own ideas and initiatives. Coming into a new company with a fresh pair of eyes, you will likely have identified some problems and ways in which you believe they can be overcome. Some people are always likely to be hostile to change, and communication is always the best way to overcome this. Explain exactly what you you are intending to do and the reasons behind making these changes. If you feel you need additional management training, you can take a look at various online courses including a master of project management online.
3. Put everyone at ease
It’s much better to be an approachable boss who people feel they can come to if they have a problem. While it’s still important to establish yourself as a manager, you will find yourself gaining the trust of your new team much more quickly if people get to know you on a personal level as well as a professional one.
4. Learn to let go
Some people feel the need to do everything on their own, but it’s important that you delegate tasks to your team. Letting go of certain responsibilities is not only good for your own workload, it will make people feel like they are important members of the team. Find out the strengths of each individual team member, and how best you can delegate your workload so that it plays to their strengths and aids in their professional development.
Managing in a new company is always going to be a difficult task, but one you should approach with confidence, clarity and commitment.