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    The challenge for new managers is understanding you are no longer an individual contributor but responsible for the performance of others. You’ve got to think about things differently. That is what people find most difficult.

    The challenge for new managers is understanding you are no longer an individual contributor but responsible for the performance of others.

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    You’ve got to think about things differently. That transformation of your identity and “unlearning” the individual contributor mindset is what people find most difficult. They underestimate how big the change is going to be. There’s a lot more to learn than they think and they feel overwhelmed. Managing your emotions as you work through that, and as you’re working through learning what this new job is, while you are also doing the job, is a major piece of the puzzle. You are in a situation of much more responsibility. There’s nothing unusual about what you’re going through. It is a journey. You need to figure out how to constructively ask for assistance to get up that learning curve as quickly as possible because others are counting on you. When you don’t do a good job it has a negative impact on a whole range of people. Too often, new managers think about the acquisition of competencies as opposed to understanding what they’re going to be asked to do. Pay attention to whether people are engaged and feel fulfilled at work, because that’s a large piece of what they’re looking for from their job. We also need to let go of the myth of formal authority. It’s more effective to think about being in a role of interdependence. People are highly dependent on you being successful so they can get their work done, and you are highly dependent on them for getting your new work done. Read the Full Article at Huffington Post Good luck. Calvin Wilson Founder and CEO Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals calvin.wilson1@verizon.net http://twitter.com/Upstart__Nation

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