Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

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Q: I have been working happily for the past seven years at a small training company as a trainer. I was doing so well that they promoted me six months ago to manager of a team of four people, but I hate it. I thought I was cut out for management but I intensely dislike it and I really don't know what to do. I just want to return to my old role but I'm scared of telling my boss, because I don't want to lose my job and I don't want to be perceived as having failed by my colleagues.

A: For you, I suspect, the last six months have seemed a lot longer. But in reality, it's still not long enough to be sure that you've made a mistake. You went from the confidence of knowing that you were doing one familiar job extremely well straight into doing a very different and unfamiliar one - and I bet your company didn't give you any serious advice or training. Managing people well is a skilful and sensitive business, but it's astonishing how many companies seem to expect people to become effective managers overnight. None of the armed forces would dream of such behaviour - and for good reason.

Remember why you once thought you were cut out for management, and then compare what you imagined with the reality. …

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