12 September Five Things First Time Managers Need to Know September 12, 2018By Greg Mowbray People Management 0 Last week I made a presentation to a group about increasing employee engagement and improving culture. At the end I opened up for questions. “A couple of us are first time managers – what advice would you give us?” Great question! Here are five things that I think first time managers would benefit from knowing. 1 Understand the difference between managing and leading Many think that they mean the same thing, but there is a vast difference. The key is to understand that the challenge is that it’s not either / or, but that you must do both. 2 Be masterful at time management This will allow you to be productive and efficient, thereby setting a good example for others, but most importantly, it will provide you with time to do the ‘leadership stuff’, which takes lots of time. 3 Choose leadership over ‘likership’. We all want to be liked, but it is important to understand that being a leader will mean that you are sometimes required to make decisions and take actions that will be unpopular. Click here for a previous short video on this. 4 Do what you say you are going to do This will mean that you are reliable, and in turn build trust, which will help you build strong relationships. Leading others is all about relationships. 5 It’s not all about you Leadership is about what you can do with and for others. It is about lifting their performance. You should be asking, “What can I do to help you do you job?” Come to think of it, this advice isn’t only just for first time managers, but also for those of us that have been around the block a couple of times! To see more of this author visit www.gregmowbray.com or follow him on Facebook linkedin Twitter Related Posts I Simply Don’t Have The Time Or Energy To Exercise Now is a great time to start getting moving more. As we progress into the warmer months, and longer daytime lets take advantage of our great country. Over this edition and next month’s edition we are going to give you short sharp ways to get active leading into Summer. Make better delegated decisions Who doesn't want to make better, faster decisions? Easier said than done, of course. Empowered employees make good decisions and resolve problems. As business becomes ever more complex and dynamic, managers and leaders have to make more decisions, under time pressure, and often with too little or the wrong kind of data. 8 Tips To Start 2021 With The Right Intent 2020 is a year that we will never forget. It has challenged us to grow, evolve and become more resilient. As we arrive on a well-deserved Christmas and New Year’s holiday, it is an opportune time to reflect and prepare to launch into 2021 feeling fresh, recharged, and with the passion to lead with purpose. Professional Development for New Managers Aspire caught up with Colin Emerson, a leading trainer in the industry to talk about the importance of upskilling new managers early in their management career and why any professional development should be short, sharp and implementable the next day. There are five kinds of people in your organisation. Which one are you? You have probably seen a similar version to this, eg there are three kinds of people. Those that make things happen, those that watch things happen and there are those that say “what the #$@! happened”. I’m talking about the five kinds of people in your organisation when it comes to leadership. Manners and the Modern Workplace Once upon a time, things were a bit more straight forward when it came to manners and the workplace. The manners that our parents instilled in us prevailed, and we learnt to take our cues at work from the senior and the successful. We learnt about a term called “professionalism”, and generally it was applied and understood by all in a corporate environment. Comment (0) Comments are closed.