Essential Tips for First Time Managers

Adriana Girdler

What you need to know about stepping into a management role So, you’re a new manager – how exciting! Stepping into a management role will …

What you need to know about stepping into a management role

So, you’re a new manager – how exciting! Stepping into a management role will be a great experience and will lead you to even greater success in your career. But in order for that to happen, there are a few tips you need to implement as a new manager.

Prepare Yourself for Your New Role

You got this management role because you were awesome in your previous role. That’s great! But it doesn’t mean that you’ll automatically be perfect in your manager role from the start.

Understand that managing people for the first time is a lot different than doing your daily tasks. To prepare properly, make sure you understand everything you can about HR, the policies, and how the organization wants you to deal with employees. It’s also a great idea to do some continuous improvement for yourself. Focus on building skills like emotional intelligence, understanding team dynamics, and other important aspects of working with a team.

To take it a step further, consider finding out what your team wants and expects from you. This will help you conduct your management with a harmony between company strategies and your team’s needs and expectations.

Get to Know Your Team

Your successes and failures as a manager will depend a lot on your team, so you should get to know them right off the bat.

Give your team members a fresh slate; take anything you hear about individuals with a grain of salt. As a manager, you really can dictate how the team behaves. So, try to understand each individual’s strengths, weaknesses, goals, and expectations so that you can start off the relationship on the right foot figure out how to best work with them.

Time Management

Unfortunately, your team is not the only thing you have to manage when you’re in a management role.

There’s also yourself and your time to worry about. You’re still going to have a list of tasks that you are in charge of. So, it’s important that you continually build your time management skills so that you avoid getting stressed out and overworked.

The better you manage your time, and therefore your stress levels, the better your team will be set up for success.

A great time management technique for managers is to focus on completing your tasks in the morning every day so that as situations arise throughout the day that you have to deal with, you’ll have the flexibility to do so without getting overwhelmed or falling behind on other work that you’re responsible for.

Other Tips for First-Time Managers

If you’re a first time manager, I really want to make sure you’re set up for success in your new role. That’s why I’ve created a short video that goes into even more detail on all these tips, along with a couple other additional tips. Head on over to YouTube to see it!

I really hope that you found this helpful – and if you did, it would mean so much to me if you would share it on your social media.

Every manager has to take on projects, so a great place to start as a new manager is learning some project management skills. If you’re a new manager, do consider taking my SLAY Project Management online course where I show you step-by-step how to successfully manage a project, plus you get access to every template you will need, along with detailed video instructions on how to fill them out.


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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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