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Any tips on managing people for the first time?

I'm not completely clueless, but would like to hear from a few people with a lot of experience in managing people in a corporate environment. Do you have any advice for me, as I venture into people management?

Asked By: julesl68 - 9/13/2007
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Speaking as someone who has worked FOR first-time managers, worked WITH first-time managers and having BEEN a first-time manager I can give you a lot of advice... More
Answered By: turtle78jgw - 9/13/2007
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Step back and don't take things personally, pick your battles and what you'll get upset about and be friendly but not a friend.
Answered By: Lex - 9/13/2007
 
I say stay neutral and be fair. Don't pick favorites, and don't socialize with people who work for you after hours. Good luck you will do well.
Answered By: Sky - 9/13/2007
 
First impression is everything so you need to set the tone early about your expectations and management style. In general, be open to hear suggestions from others but ultimately be firm and decisive. It's hard for people to respect a leader that's indecisive and not in control.
Answered By: nicedoc - 9/13/2007
 
Read the employee handbook from management's prospective. Ask HR if you have any questions. If you diviate from the handbook in your management practices, you will set a precedent and in effect, change the handbook... More
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Answered By: butter1944fly - 9/13/2007
 
don't become friends. remain professional. Listen to everyoone, but set your limits early.
Answered By: redwine - 9/13/2007
 
Read a leadership bestseller. "Becoming a Manager: How New Managers Master the Challenges of Leadership" by Harvard Prof. Linda Hill and "21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" by Dr John Maxwell are excellent companions. All the best!
Answered By: Hi-Qualified - 9/13/2007
 
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