New Managers Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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New Managers Mistakes

Getting a managerial position at a company is a dream come true. As a new manager, there are a lot of expectations that arise with the position. Pressure from top management to change structures, and from your new team members to be a better leader. To cope with all these, you need to make smart decisions. Try as much as you can to learn from the mistakes of your predecessor so that you don’t repeat the same mistakes he/she made.  

Let’s talk about some of those unnoticed slips that new managers make, and ways to avoid them.

  1. Eagerness to bring fresh ideas

    eagerness to bring new ideas

When you were interviewed for the managerial position, you offered good ideas that helped you land the job. On the job, you are likely to face pressure to implement the structural changes to align with your strategies. To succeed on this, you need to carefully understand first what was wrong with the previous management, and how you can implement new ideas to a company. It is difficult to to do this  in a limited amount of time and succeed, so you need to give it enough time.

  1.  Going shallow when learning the dos and don’ts

Learning mistakes from previous management is very important to new managers. However, some tend to forget them few weeks into the job, hence failure to get a clearer picture when implementing new ideas. Do not consider them as mistakes, rather a point of learning and corrections. Understand every action that you find wrong, critically analyse them before introducing your new ideas. As for the positives, find a better way of integrating these into your strategies for effective results.

  1. Involving few employees in their plans at the company.

involve few team members

Getting full support from your new team requires everyone at all levels to understand your strategies, missions and visions.  It should not be just part of short introductory meeting you make for the first time. To get them give you a full support, you need to let them clearly understand each of  your plans so that they can fully buy into your mission and visions. Ensure your mission and vision support the overall goals of the company so that you get support from all sides. Take a different approach to reach each one who will be affected with your changes, and tell them how each can be of help.

  1. Expect fast results

expect fast results

When setting goals as a new manager, you need to set realistic timelines. This will help you manage the expectations of your new bosses. Do not expect things to work overnight. Give each of your team member enough time and avoid micromanaging to force them complete under limited time. It will demotivate them and they might fail to bring positive outcomes. Instead, give yourself and each team member enough time and space to do their job at a reasonable pace and you will be able to make effective changes

  1. Afraid to ask for help

If it has reached a point where your plans do not seem to work well, you should not be afraid to ask for help. It is a mistake to think that none of your team member can help you succeed. There are a lot of experienced employees in the office who who can help you spot what to change and where to put more effort. Talk to them and ask them what they think they can offer in addition or what they can change to make it succeed. Some of them always have ideas but they just won’t bring them up because nobody has asked them to.

Mustapha Mosha
Mustapha Ally is a Community Marketing Manager at Zoom Tanzania and BrighterMonday Tanzania. He loves digital marketing social media