Your First Year as a Leader-Manager

October 31, 2012 — Leave a comment

The goal of this series is to help you become a great Leader-Manager in your first year – so you get off to your best start possible!

Getting off to a good start in your first year as a managerAs a new manager you might feel a bit overwhelmed. What will your first year look like?What are the essentials you must know apply in the next 12 months if you are going to be successful in leading your team? Even as a veteran manager there may be a lot you wish you’d known or could do over.

I invite you to let me lead you through the next year as we tackle 12 key skills – skills that are essential for you to lead your people.  Each month I’ll introduce a new skill area – and support each skill area with 4-5 posts.

My company name is Leader Know How, so in these blogs you’ll get more than just an interesting idea, I’ll show you HOW to apply the idea to how you lead your people.  I’ll kick off each month with some theory and background, but then dig deeper into tools, case examples and practical exercises to help you immediately apply what we discuss together.  Because it is not enough to know – you need to know HOW!

George E.P. Box said, “All theories are wrong, but some are useful.”  Theory only goes so far, and in no way can emulate all the variations of human nature in the workplace.  And yet, good theory can help guide our practices so that we create the highest probability for success in working with people.

Leader Know How is about establishing your own ‘best practice’ in each of these 12 skill areas.  Sure I’ll share with you the theory, tools and examples to illustrate HOW to do this, but in the end, you need to make each theory and tool your own.  Integrate the tool with your own experience; integrate the tool in your own unique situation.

So here’s my first tool to start you off right away.

How do you establish your own best practice?   Here are 4 steps:

1. LEARN about the skill you want to acquire

2. Based on what you learned, create a practice PLAN.  Consciously choose how and when and with whom you will try out the new skill.

3. Then actually DO it.  Practice away.

4. After you’ve tried out your new approach, REFLECT.  Ask yourself:

“What went well?” (that I would repeat het technique next time)

“What didn’t go so well?” (that I might need to learn a little more about the skill, or adjust my approach)

Put these two things together – so, now you have LEARNed something and you have your next practice PLAN.

If you choose to follow along with me, I have an ask of you – after all, none of this is going to really work unless you put in some sweat equity as well!  As you try out a new tool or technique, please return to the site and share your learning with the larger group in the comments section.  Tell us what worked.  Tell us what didn’t work.  And tell us how you plan to modify your approach. Oh, and be sure to sign up for my updates so you don’t miss a post!

At the end of it all – you and I share a commitment.  A commitment most eloquently stated by Abigail Adams – “Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor [intensity of desire, passion] and attended to with diligence [characterized by great effort and care].”   I’m committed to give it my ardor and diligence so you can lead others in an extraordinary way in the coming year.

Are you in?