From employee to supervisor: Suddenly boss - 7 tips


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If long-serving members TeamMembers and colleagues suddenly become bosses, which often leads to conflicts. Envy, intrigue, exclusion are often the result. How do the new executives handle it?

From Employee to Supervisor: Suddenly Chief - 7 Tips From Employee to Supervisor: Suddenly Chief - 7 Tips

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What to do after the promotion?

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After many years of effort, the time has finally come: you will be promoted to head of the department. But how does one behave in this new situation? And what greaves should you avoid, in order to avoid conflicts as much as possible?

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"And suddenly you're not invited to birthday parties anymore," someone recently told me. "That's just part of it." Find out more about everything else and how best to deal with the new situation here.

7 tips for new bosses to deal with employees

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What if the old friends suddenly react strangely to your jokes? What are the possible pitfalls and how do you avoid them? 7 tips on how to handle the new situation.

1. Courage to be unpopular

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A common mistake often seen is the leader's attempt to be "Everybody's darling." You can not always please everyone, without rubbing yourself.

Here is a certain courage needed to unpopularity. It is important to explain to the employees why, for example, a wish can not be fulfilled. "Popularity passes, respect remains" or "Everybodies darling", two sayings that shed light on the subject.

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2. As a boss to be taken seriously?

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But how can one achieve to be taken seriously as a new boss? A tip: Do not bend. The ex-colleagues now expect a leadership personality. As such, one must maintain one's own personality.

A question that keeps asking new executives time and time again: Should I try to do everything differently than the previous boss? Or rather follow in his footsteps?

3. Innovations right through boxing

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It may be useful to know why the old boss left to avoid the same mistakes. However, you should never get involved in a comparison with the predecessor.

Do self-marketing. It is best to make innovations at the beginning. Once everyday life returns, it's hard to sell your innovations and ideas.

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4. Being a boss - this is how it works

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Now, not all colleagues will immediately understand that the new boss is now in a different role. How do you react to remarks like, "Do not turn the boss out, lately you had a very different beer?".

Choose your words in the new role with more flair than before. The old "buddy behavior" can easily be misunderstood in the current situation.

5. Beware of colleagues of the opposite sex

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Especially in the relationship between man and woman in the age of #Meetoo a deliberate withdrawal is appropriate, too fast, harmless gestures can be misunderstood.

Hugs, for example, are more out of place. Nevertheless, the "you" should be continued consistently. But be careful not to favor anyone on the basis of the salutation.

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6. Criticism of colleagues

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What many find difficult in the new role is to criticize the work of a former colleague. It is better to replace the word "criticism" with "target / actual comparison".

Sit down with the employee and just ask how you could improve the situation. Remember the phrase "Most people would rather be ruined by praise than by criticism." Again, the correct choice of words is critical to success.

7. Caution sandwich position

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A further balancing act, which wants to be mastered, is the intermediary position between the superior boss and the subordinate employees. Here you are in a buffer function, in the sandwich position.

And like a sandwich, the most important part is in the middle, without it the whole sandwich tastes bland. Show with confidence that you represent your employees with conviction that you stand behind them and at the same time show your boss that he is looking after you and yours Team can leave fully.

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  1. Oliver

    Thank you for your contribution, too bad I did not read him earlier: Exactly the problems I described after my promotion at that time also. In any case, you now have one more newsletter subscriber!

  2. Theron Decapite

    Beautifully presented, I see exactly these problem areas and will soon familiarize myself with the topic in more detail.

  3. Andreas L.

    On your side you will always find very helpful tips, thanks for that.

  4. Fiona

    Wow, Wow, Wow, very good post.

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