Management Skills for New Managers

Management Skills for New Managers

Management Skills for New Managers

Management Skills for New Managers

Excerpt

As you read this book, you will be introduced to new skills that will—when incorporated into your day-to-day activities—allow you to improve your ability to manage your direct reports. To gain the greatest learning from this process, it is helpful to consider your current work situation, or the new position of manager to which you may aspire, and identify situations that you believe are or will be the most difficult for you to address. These situations might be specific interactions that have generated difficulty for you to achieve success such as letting a direct report know that he needs improvement in his communication with customers or knowing what, when, and to whom to delegate a project. It could even be an event that hasn't yet occurred, but one in which you may anticipate some discomfort, such as delivering a final appraisal.

As you think of your own challenges, write them down on the chart on the following page and then prioritize them in order of importance to your success. In other words, list the most urgent, important, and difficult situations that you want to overcome.

Now that you have identified and prioritized what you want to learn, focus on the top three or four priorities as a foundation for your learning as you read this book. You will be using these challenging situations in your action planning in Chapter 8.

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