Based on the book: You’re in Charge–Now What? : The 8 Point Plan, by Thomas Neff and James Citrin
The 8 Point Plan
The fundamental idea is: Get set to learn, set proper expectations, lead by example, set the appropriate direction, read the culture, build trust, listen well, and communicate effectively. These ideas are transformed to become the 8 steps for building your foundation towards great performance as a new manager:
1. Prepare Yourself During the Countdown
2. Align Expectations
3. Shape Your Management Team
4. Craft Your Strategic Agenda
5. Start Transforming Culture
6. Manage Your Board/Boss
8. Avoid Common Pitfalls
As I have stated on many occasions, I am all about tools. Here is a book that puts practical thinking into the hands of the new leader/manager. This is good common sense material. The book gets into much more detail than summarized in the eight points above. Be sure to pick up a copy. And, if you’re skeptical (like many today), grab a used/like-new copy for $8 — a cheap expense for the ROI provided.
Have fun and grow!