10 Things Nobody Tells You When You’re a New Manager
07Jun

10 Things Nobody Tells You When You’re a New Manager

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Tamaan Wilkinson

Tamaan Wilkinson is a Career Coach & Consultant for women. She has coached hundreds, assisting people into a range of fulfilling careers, from teachers to directors. Trained and skilled in advice and guidance, as well as leadership and management, Tamaan knows what it takes for you to move from career disappointment to career success. Her passions include women’s personal and professional development, growing healthy, beautiful natural hair and faith.

Comments (8)

Jacqui - November 22, 2016

I felt alone. My manager was hard and half my staff were difficult. I felt like an outsixer wirg no peers to bounce off.

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Ang - March 21, 2017

Thank you! This makes me feel a little better especially as someone very new to the job.

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    Tamaan Wilkinson - September 19, 2017

    Glad it helped, Ang 🙂

Princess - May 10, 2017

It’s be up down up down. Started real ugly when I came to the office no one wants a person younger than them over them per se. Respect is all I want I don’t have to be liked . I have to be more consistent in what I say and my attitude and lately my attitude sucks bc I don’t know how to communicate professionally with telling a staff to know her place

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    Tamaan Wilkinson - September 19, 2017

    Ooh that IS a tough one, Princess. You’re right – consistency is a must and also, being congruent and confident in your role, regardless of whether the people you manage are older or younger than you. If you do what you say you’re going to do and you do it well, keep your head up and let your work speak for itself. Regarding handling this particular staff member you mentioned, stick to the facts at hand and do your best not to let your feelings about her get the better of you. You’re the manager – you lead by example. Remain professional, even when you want to scream!

Support - May 11, 2017

transition to a new staff where the employee morale is low, limited team players, negative vibes..YOU go in trying to find the good, give the benefit of doubt, don’t make drastic changes, other than hiring more people to help in areas, but that becomes non-thankful for the extra & 5-6 months later, your about to have a meltdown because you seem to be bouncing off a brick wall….and feeling defeated!
So I’ve decided, since all the above didn’t work, then I’m taking your #2 advice! Hell hath no fury like a woman Manager!

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    Tamaan Wilkinson - September 19, 2017

    Support, I hear ya, girl! It’s been a while since you posted so I hope things are better with your team now. If not, have you spoken with your own manager about how things are going?

Tamaan Wilkinson - September 19, 2017

Sorry for the late reply, Jacqui! Sounds like you had a very tough time. It helps if you can find even one other colleague to confide in as being a new manager can be very isolating. They say it’s lonely at the top – it’s certainly not easy! If there’s no-one you can lean on at your actual place of work, even having friends who can relate and support you helps. Hope things have improved since you posted.

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