Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts August 2002
Short Cuts:BETTER YET
How to Handle a Promotion
Congratulations on that hard-earned move
up the career ladder. Now comes the real challenge. According to
the advice Web site Career Intelligence (www.career-intelligence.com), most people are not trained
for supervisory positions and end up resenting their new role. To
stay on top of your game, follow these tips.
SPEAK UP. Do not assume employees know what you
want. Communicate often and openly. Periodically ask how things are
going, and reach out for feedback.
FIND A MENTOR. In a large office, supervisors
can turn to their managers. Not so in a small business. A local
chamber of commerce might help you find a mentor who will offer
guidance and discuss frustrations.
REMAIN PROFESSIONAL. Many first-time managers
make the mistake of trying to form cozy friendships with their
employees. This can backfire when an employee has to be reprimanded
for poor performance. Be careful to separate business and social
GO EASY. Do not try to achieve too much, too
fast, to gain management’s respect. Observe carefully, set goals
and then plan how best to achieve them.
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