Over the weekend, I helped throw a baby shower for a good friend, and as I watched folks gather to offer their support and congratulations, it occurred to me:
Wouldn’t it be great if we threw a shower for a new manager?
Like parents-to-be, new managers are embarking on a new stage of their lives. They’re taking on unfamiliar tasks and new (terrifying) responsibilities. Wouldn’t it be nice to shower them with gifts and good wishes? Shouldn’t we come together to give them the tools and support (and cupcakes) they need to embark on the management journey?
While fun to imagine, it’s probably not going to happen. But one element of the baby shower that did stick with me was the opportunity for guests to share a piece of advice for the new parents.
“Sleep when the baby sleeps” “Always carry two of everything”
As I wrote down my words of baby wisdom, I considered what I would write if I could only give one piece of advice to a new manager. Here’s what I came up with:
It’s okay to admit you don’t know everything. Your team knows you’re new to this. Be confident in your abilities but ask for help when you need it. Your team will respect you for it.
How about you? What singular piece of advice would you give to a new manager?