This article offers useful tips on how you should spend the first 30 days as a new manager in order to build a strong foundation for more managerial successes in the future. It highlights the 5 strategic things you must do within one month of becoming a boss or manager of a team.
5 Useful Tips to Navigate the First 30 days as a New Manager
It is often said that when you become a new boss, your first 30 days are very crucial in the workplace. After all, not all the star performers can perform as well or maintain their star status after moving to a senior management role.
So, how can you manage yourself more skilfully to step up the workplace challenges associated with a senior manager’s role?
The answer, I have found, begins with ensuring that you think, feel, speak, and behave at your best!
“Whether you are promoted from within the company, or you are new in the workplace, invest in discovering and fuelling-up your efficiency, and go full-steam on the long journey ahead. Do not waste your time, attention, and energy on things that don’t matter, and have the wisdom to know the difference.”
Here are some practical tips to help you drift through the first 30 days as a new manager successfully, and get going on the path to greater managerial success effortlessly.
1. Learn about your stakeholders.
Your stakeholders in the workplace are the interest groups and individuals that have ties with you and have wide-ranging expectations of you. They include your partners, team members, vendors and suppliers, customers, seniors, etc.
And regardless of what you do in your organization, your ultimate job is to fix their problems.
So, identity your stakeholders and know their expectations. Have a clear understanding of their mindset, needs, aspirations, and what they care about the most.
The insight you will get, as a result, will benefit you immensely. You will get a crisp and clear picture of the lenses that will be used to judge your performance in the workplace. And thus, you will have a better chance of succeeding in your role as a manager.
2. Find out how your team likes to be managed
Take some time to understand the preferred work style of all your team members.
Not everyone has the same preferences. For example, some people enjoy frequent check-ins, and some like to be left alone.
So, catch the preferences, likes, and dislikes of your team members. And get to the pulse of the team before you pick up speed as a manager.
When you identify, in the first 30 days, what drives your team to do the work, it will be easy for you to get the team projects finished in time.
3. Ascertain your high-performance routine.
Being promoted to a new manager’s role and having people under your responsibility requires a worthwhile change in working style and routine.
Oftentimes, most of the emerging leaders and new bosses find themselves lagging behind on important projects. Consequently, they experience more stress at work. Also, they lose motivation in due course.
You can’t finish off your pending work within the snap of a finger, can you?
However, you can structure your day and activities in a way that relates to super-productivity.
So, experiment with different systems, and discover the most helpful routine that increases your personal efficiency and fuels your high performance.
4. Set quarterly goals for yourself.
Setting and completing quarterly goals is an effective way to build up momentum and organise your time and resources efficiently. So, establish specific desired outcomes for the next 90 days that will keep you on track to fulfil the organisation’s long term objectives.
5. Earn your team’s trust.
The best way to empower yourself as a leader and create an environment in which your team can flourish is to build trust and keep building it over and again.
Just like glue, the trust holds your relationship with your team together. Also, the team members feel safe to share their ideas with the managers whom they trust. So, make the best use of your soft-skills and gain your team’s trust.
The support you will gain in turn from your team members will help you immensely in the long run.