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Inside Track

Keep your employees from tripping up the corporate ladder.

Promoting from within is an excellent policy for a lot of reasons, but it brings with it an important challenge: Many employees move into the role of manager with little or no management training, and are forced to learn through trial and error.

A.E. Schwartz & Associates, a management training and professional development organization in Waverly, Massachusetts, offers these tips for supervising a new manager:

  • Be realistic in your expectations. Awarding a title doesn't automatically make someone an effective manager. Both you and the new manager need to understand what the process entails.
  • Establish clear goals. This gives everyone purpose and direction, and prevents misunderstandings.
  • Communicate. Be accessible, solicit feedback and encourage discussion, especially alternative points of view.
  • Offer support. Be a mentor to your new manager, and look for various ways--such as seminars and other professional development tools--to aid in the development of necessary skills.
  • Set a good example. Be the type of manager you want others to be.

Jacquelyn Lynn is a business writer in Winter Park, Florida.

Contact Source

A.E. Schwartz & Associates, aes@aeschwartz.com, http://www.aeschwartz.com

This story appears in the July 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »