July 19, 2020
It’s lonely at the top.
Being a manager is really hard, and there is so much advice out there. The only thing harder than being promoted to a management position is becoming a manager of your peers at a small business. Small companies thrive on promoting from within, this creates a path of growth, and embodies the spirit of the small business by exemplifying the success of an employee and rewarding their strengths.
But if this is the case for you, there is truly nothing more lonely than being at the to of a small business. If you are lucky enough to have a supportive team around you when you begin as a manager, then implementing this easy to use checklist will be a piece of cake.
This will likely not be the case. Whenever there is a shift in management or a major organizational change, there is always going to be resistance. The fact of the matter is, the more friendly you were with your new team prior to being promoted, the harder it is going to be to adjust to your new role.
By utilizing a checklist like this, you will be able to immediately roll out a structure that is minimally disruptive to the current routines of your team, but will set you into an authoritarian role. Removing personal connections, previous routines, and focusing on productivity will set you up to create a framework of understanding.