Making Tough Choices as a Boss. Part 1 of 2
Power for Managers / July 27, 2020

In the last post, you tried to get money for the new project only to find yourself outmaneuvered and forced to find half of it within your existing budget. That is, you must take money from your other two units to give to Mike. You are faced with tough choices.

Building Respect in Your New Management Position
Manager Stream , Power for Managers / April 27, 2020

Building Respect in Your New Management Position If life were fair, or even just convenient, people should automatically respect you simply because of your new elevated position. But if you’re waiting for that to kick in, I’d hunker down for a long one. In your previous jobs, you know that you had to earn your boss’ trust and respect. Same in a management position. But now you’ve got three groups to worry about. Below is a non-exhaustive list of how to earn respect from each group.   Your boss. Much of what you learned as a stellar employee will apply here.   How to get respect What that actually means What it does not mean Deliver on promises ·     Meet deadlines ·     Inform will miss deadline as soon as you know ·     Meet quality standards ·     Overpromise ·     Pull fast ones to appear  to meet the deadline Have your boss’ back ·     Inform boss if/when the s. is going to hit the fan ·     Position him to look good ·     Defend his interests when he’s absent ·     Bad-mouth him behind his back ·     Disagree with him in public   Manage your own area well ·     Deal with people problems effectively…

Making the Right Decision as a New Manager
Manager Stream , Power for Managers / April 13, 2020

Making the Right Decision as a New Manager In the last post, as a new supervisor, you made a work change which everyone in your group liked but got you into hot water with your boss, Bruno. You bought popularity with your group at the expense of a misstep with Bruno. How do you make the right decision? Making space for the right decision In the conversation You had with Candice in a previous post, she pushed to implement a change and you agreed. Let’s pick up that conversation near the end and see what could happen if you don’t immediately agree.   Candice: Well, will you or won’t you?   You: Ah… You are clearly unsure. Candice: Come on, Mia. Everybody will be really happy if you do.   You: Well, I guess so. You are not listening to yourself. Instead: You: You know, let me think about it. Don’t expect Candice to give up easily. Candice: Ah, come on, Mia. You know it’s the right thing to do. Stick to your guns. You: Yeah, just let me think about it some more. She may still not give up. Candice: What’s to think about? Be a broken record. You:…