You have just heard the good news that you have been promoted into your first management role. You are initially excited and so you should be. At the same time, you need to be alert to falling into the following traps:
Temptation 1: Still having a task focus
What got you to be a manager in the first place was the ability to get things done. The trouble is that if you continue to have the big long To Do List, guess what never gets done? You've got it, the very thing that you are paid to do, which is to manage people, process and money.
Temptation 2: Wanting to be liked by all
No one likes to accept the fact that there will be some team members that you really hit it off with and others who you do not. However, it is best to face up to this because it is reality. You want to have a good professional relationship with people but that does not mean everyone needs to like each other.
Temptation 3: Over-controlling things
The people who you are managing were doing a job before you took up the post and can continue to do so – if you allow them to. Of course you need to check on progress but you do not need to become a control freak. If people see you as the control freak they immediately think you do not trust them.
Temptation 4: Making change for the sake of it
There is a simple motto to remember as a new manager: "If it is not broken, do not fix it." Of course you want to look at ways of doing things better. At the same time, no one will admire you if you just make change for the sake of it.
The Bottom Line: Managing is tough but do not make it tougher by falling into the common temptations of new managers.
Source by Duncan Brodie