Managing people who used to be your peers is tough. You need to establish your authority without acting like the promotion’s gone to your head. Here are three ways to make the transition easier:
• Tread lightly at first. Don’t introduce any major overhauls right away. Identify a few small decisions you can make fairly quickly, but defer bigger ones until you’ve been in the role longer.
• Be actively present. Spend time with each of your new direct reports. Ask, “What can I do to make you more successful?” This question shows that you’re in charge, but also conveys that you’re there to support them.
• Look beyond your team. During this type of transition, it’s easy to become focused on your former peers. But don’t forget to build connections with new counterparts and your new boss.
Today’s Management Tip was adapted from “How to Manage Your Former Peers” by Amy Gallo.
AmEx CEO Ken Chenault and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg say that informal relationships are key to developing a healthy business culture.
Organizations get it wrong when they rely on only a few people to come up with all the new ideas. Instead, they should connect many colleagues who have the right skills and can foster innovation in others. Here are the three essential elements of such a network:
• Get the right people involved. The group has to include upper-level managers who can fund projects, leaders who have had success with past innovations, and technical experts.
• Cultivate the network. Give this extended group opportunities to mix together in productive ways. Hold regular meetings, events, and talks where innovators from across the organization can get together and share their experience.
• Educate others. Implement a company-wide education program, led by those in the network, on how to develop good ideas and how to transform good ideas into actionable plans.
Today’s Management Tip was adapted from “How to Create an Innovation Ecosystem” by Art Markman.
Top tips from presentation expert Steve Bavister, who is a trainer with communication skills company Speak First. Just what do you do with your hands when you’re giving a presentation? Steve demonstrates the best (and worst!) options for holding your hands and gesturing, so that you look confident and professional and get your message across clearly.
You have too much on your plate, deadlines are looming, and people are counting on you. Since you can’t eliminate bouts of intense stress, you have to learn to deal with them. Studies show that people who practice “self-compassion” are happier, more optimistic, and less anxious and depressed. This is the willingness to look at your failures with kindness and understanding — without harsh criticism or defensiveness.
Most of us believe that we need to be hard on ourselves to perform our best, but it turns out that’s plain wrong. A dose of self-compassion when things are at their most difficult can reduce your stress and improve your performance, by making it easier to learn from your mistakes. So remember that to err is human, and give yourself a break.
Today’s Management Tip was adapted from “Nine Ways Successful People Defeat Stress” by Heidi Grant Halvorson.
Most academic or professional facilities that have Wi-Fi networks require users to login (i.e., provide username and password information, versus just providing the network password). All iOS devices have a neat feature that automatically logs you into such networks after you enter your login info the first time. This feature is usually toggled automatically when such networks are detected, but you can also turn it on manually by going to Settings -> Wi-Fi, and click the blue arrow to the right of the network’s name. Finally, toggle the Auto-Login feature on.
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If you ever use a public Wi-Fi network, it is advisable to, for security reasons, “forget” the Wi-Fi network once you are done using it. To do so, go to Settings -> Wi-Fi, and click the blue arrow to the right of the network’s name. Finally, press “Forget this Network” at the top.
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