Career success is predicated largely upon the way you manage your relationships. Successfully navigating between the people you report to, as well as the people who report to you, is a fine balancing act. It isn’t a static system.
Transitioning into a new position is challenging on a number of different levels.
Getting to know your new colleagues and direct reports… settling into a new routine… learning where the coffee is located… it’s exciting, stressful, and regenerative, all at the same time.
A transition that is usually overlooked, but vital to making a smooth entry into a new job, is the transition from managing up, into managing down.
What do I mean by this?
Well, throughout the interview process for your position, you’ve been catering to a coterie of folks who held your career in their hands: hiring managers, search committees, HR staff, your new boss. Your focus has been on selling yourself to these decision makers and influencers. Managing up, as it were.
But now, you have the job. And you must transition into managing new relationships with the people who work for you: managing down.
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