First Time Manager Tips - How to Manage Your Former Peers

What's up heroes? This week, we're going to be talking about how to manage your former peers and also just how to deal with those changing relationships in your workplace when you get promoted. Make sure you stick around in the end for a bonus.

Hi, I'm Roman Ryder, and on this channel, I'll help you unlock your powers and be the hero of your story. If you're new to my channel, make sure you click below and subscribe. I put out new videos every week, and you don't want to miss out. First thing to consider is managing your peers. This is pretty tricky. One, these people may be your friends, you know, you previously were working with. You have to start to kind of create some boundaries there between you and them. 

It should be a little bit uncomfortable. You don't want to be too buddy-buddy with them, because one, you want to be their boss. Two, they need you to be their boss. You can't be their friend. You need to be their boss. Okay. Two, you may have interviewed against some of these people. They're watching you to see what you're going to do in this position, to see if you actually deserve it. Hopefully, everybody that was your peer thinks you deserve it. They've worked with you, and hopefully they have high thoughts of you, and kind of understand why you were hired to fill that position.

You're going to have to go out there and show them you're capable of doing this. How do you do that? One thing you can do is start to fix some problems. You know what the problems are. You have a huge advantage, because you just came from there. You understand the issues they're dealing with, so you can look for some quick fixes, some quick wins to help them out and make their jobs a little better. They're going to appreciate that you're in that position, and you're helping them out and making things better. The other thing you can do is to ask them what the problems are, because they may have things that you don't know about that are specifically affecting them in their role.

If you take a long in the link above and the description below, I'll link back to my video from a few weeks ago on how to deal with your first 90 days in a new supervisor or management role. There's some great stuff in there that'll help you out and help them get adjusted to you being their new boss.

The next thing to consider is your new peers. You were working for them, right? One, you've got to learn from them, and two, you've got to become one of them. You can't let them talk down to you or try to give you silence. They should be going to the people that now work for you. You need to kind of stand up for yourself and kind of still walk that line, where you're learning but you're establishing yourself as one of their peers now. 

Something you can do to help with that is, they ask you to do something, just delegate that down to somebody. Show them that you're a boss capable of delegating, and you're not going to do those medial tasks anymore. Another thing you can do is just to show them that you're there to make a difference, so you can find out what pains they have. You're filling this position now. Hopefully there's some opportunities for you there to grow and to help them and make their job a little better. Figure out what you can do to make a difference at your new level, and help out your new peers.

Alright, now the other thing you got to consider is your new boss. The person you're now working for was two levels above you, so you've got to also change their view of you and show them you're capable of doing this job. Make sure you're standing up for yourself, you're acting at the level you're at. Don't let them kind of assign stuff to you that should be going below. Do as I said before, delegate that and tell them you're delegating it. Just kind of make your new role work for you, so that you're getting established in this new position at this new level, and people are seeing you that way.

Alright, so this week's bonus is to just go in there and make a difference. You can't really stand out just by maintaining the status quo, so you were promoted to this position for a reason. Show them why you were promoted. Look for the big wins you can have, the big changes you can make. The things that bothered you when you were in your previous role. Go out there and make a big difference. Show them why they promoted you, and show them that you're the best person to fill this job. 

Alright, so if you take a look in the description below, I'm going to include the link to my new Facebook group, the Hero Mastermind. I'd love to connect with you on there and help you with whatever you're working on in your career. Hit me up on there.

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