First Time Manager Essentials


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First Time Manager: Understanding a Manager’s Role

Overview/Description
Most new managers don’t realize how much their new role differs from that of an individual contributor. Often, they have misconceptions about what managing entails, and they may be surprised to learn that the skills and methods required for success as an individual contributor and those needed for success as a manager are very different. This course describes some of the myths about management and their corresponding truths in order to clarify what managers really do. It also points to the typical demands and constraints of a manager’s job. Finally, it describes strategies for dealing with common mistakes of first-time managers. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.

Target Audience
Anyone who is exploring a career move into management, or who has been promoted or hired into a management role for the first time

Expected Duration (hours)
1.0

Lesson Objectives

  • distinguish between myths and truths about management
  • recognize the typical constraints and demands that a manager must deal with
  • determine the best strategies for dealing with common mistakes of a first-time manager, in a given scenario

First Time Manager: Challenges

Overview/Description

High expectations are often placed on first-time managers. Along with these expectations comes the pressure to succeed and the need to prove you belong in a management position. Establishing credibility early and building new working relationships can go a long way in helping a first-time manager succeed in adjusting to his or her new responsibilities. This course describes ways to establish credibility and manage former colleagues effectively. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.

Target Audience
Anyone who is exploring a career move into management, or who has been promoted or hired into a management role for the first time

Expected Duration (hours)
1.0

Lesson Objectives

  • recognize how to establish credibility with your employees when you are a first-time manager
  • match techniques for managing former coworkers to examples that demonstrate their effective use
  • use techniques for working with former coworkers as their new manager

First Time Manager: Meeting Expectations

Overview/Description

One of the most exciting and challenging changes that comes with moving into a management role, is the need to take a more strategic view of the work you are doing. As a first-time manager, you have to develop a greater awareness of how your own work, and the work of those in your department, fits in with the organizational vision. You need to know what the organization expects of you as a manager. You also need to understand the different expectations that your direct reports, your peers, and your boss have of you, and how to balance these effectively. It’s also vital to build a strong relationship with your manager so you get the support you need to meet expectations. This course covers how to meet organizational expectations as a first-time manager, as well as how to balance conflicting expectations of peers, direct reports, and management. It also describes how to establish a productive relationships with your new boss. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.

Target Audience
Anyone who is exploring a career move into management, or who has been promoted or hired into a management role for the first time

Expected Duration (hours)
1.0

Lesson Objectives

  • recognize how to meet organizational expectations as a first-time manager
  • determine the best response to conflicting expectations in a given scenario
  • identify examples of steps first-time managers can take to build productive relationships with their new bosses

Making the Move Into Management

Overview/Description

Transitioning into a management position can be both exciting and potentially overwhelming. The shift from individual contributor to leader requires confidence, solid communication, and a clearly defined plan of action. This Challenge Series exercise explores the benefits of drafting a transition strategy.

Target Audience
Mid- to upper-level managers and executives; all high potentials and fast trackers, including individual contributors

Expected Duration (hours)
0.2

Adopting the Appropriate Management Style

Overview/Description

This Challenge exercise tests the ability of a manager to determine which style of leadership is best under the given circumstances.
Expected Duration
15 minutes




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