First-Time Manager? Here’s How to Get Started

first time manager

If you’re a first-time manager, you’ve probably got a million thoughts running through your mind.

You might be worried about how you’re going to make an impact as a new leader. The good news is that what you’re feeling is completely normal. The better news is that there are some simple ways to build your confidence and have you feeling like a veteran in no time.

Here’s how you can hit the ground running on your first day.

Use One On Ones To Get On The Same Page With Your Boss

All first-time managers should spend a minimum of 30 minutes with their boss ensuring they’re on the same page. The last thing you want to be doing is get started on a bunch of initiatives and find out you’re on the wrong track. You want to get an understanding of what success looks like to them. Once you know what the destination looks like, it’s up to you to create the path to get there.

Find Out How To Get Answers Without Going To Your Boss

This step is about building relationships with your peers. You don’t want to have to go to your boss for every single thing. This is an easy way to lose face with your new leader. Take time to meet with your peers and not only learn how they can help you but how you can help them. Understand how their space works. These types of relationships will prove invaluable in the long run.

Set Your First Goals

Now you understand what success looks like to your boss, it’s time to set some goals on how you’re going to achieve this outcome. As a first-time manager, you want to start with some achievable targets that slowly begin to ramp up by showing improvement over a given time. For example, you might start your quarter with 50% of your team achieving their KPIs. In a month’s time, you might want to increase this to 55%. Then 65%. You might want to end the month at 80%.

Always Have A Plan B

Not everything goes to plan on your first go. So make sure that you have contingencies in case you need to change course mid-month or mid-quarter. It’s even worth having a plan C, D, and E up your sleeve, just in case.

Always Plan Ahead

While looking to the past can help in some respects to what the future might hold, don’t spend all of your time analysing historical data. What you really want to know is where you currently are and what you need to do to reach your goals. You can use historical data to help forecast what might be coming, but the best thing you can do is set your game plan and execute it.

All the Tips For a First-Time Manager

There’s always a learning curve for a first-time manager. You’re not expected to be perfect the moment you step into the role. But you are expected to learn.

If you want to learn how to become a great team manager, then make sure you’re following the Better Boss Blog. It contains ideas and advice on how to constantly improve in your role. Follow pwf services on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook and start your leadership journey on the right track.

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