Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

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Q: I'm not very good at spending time alone and I'm finding it a bit of a problem. I was promoted to my first middle management position recently and, unusually, have been given my own office. However, I'm finding it difficult to be away from the team melee and I'm conscious that I'm already hovering too much around the team desks. It's just that I miss the banter, the action and team spirit. I've also never been good at being on my own and avoid it at all costs outside the office.

A: I'm afraid I've no easy answer for you. Becoming part of management for the first time is often the most significant single step in an entire career, and the most difficult to adjust to. However much you might like to, you can't just go on being one of the boys and girls That's not to say that you should immediately become aloof, but within a very short period of time, if you're to do your new job properly, you'll have to take some action or make some recommendation that won't find favour with at least some of your erstwhile mates. …

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