This course was created by Pete Mockaitis of How to Be Awesome at Your Job. We are pleased to offer this training in our library.
Skill Level Beginner
- [Pete] I've really been digging perusing through your book, 42 Rules for Your New Leadership Role. The book isn't new for you, but it's new for me, and I was really enjoying so many pieces there. But maybe you could kind of frame it up for us, for starters, and say, what have you observed, or perhaps kind of the mindset shift, or the new thinking that folks need to take on when they're moving from an individual contributor-type role to more of a managerial role. - [Instructor] Absolutely, Pete. I think that number one is that, when you're coming into a leadership role, it is dangerous to just say, "gosh, I'm excited for "my first day, and I'm just going to show up and do my best." That's an individual contributor mindset. If you're coming in as a leader at any level, and I've had people use this, but from C levels to first level supervisor, you come in with the expectation that people are going to be watching everything you do, because now the question is, can I work with this person? And that person is you, the new person. And so, if you are just sort of flailing around your first day and saying, "that's great, what do you guys do here," you lose the opportunity to really be thoughtful about the agenda you have. Now certainly, you'll be asking a lot of questions, and you'll be asking people in adjacent groups, "what do you do," and, "what do you depend on my team for," and that sort of thing. But you want to come in being quite thoughtful about what are the questions you want to ask? So how are we delivering value to this sort of segment, or how is this team interacting with this other team, rather than just, "hey, glad to start, tell me what we do here." - [Pete] Oh, right. Absolutely, it's night and day in terms of the proactivity and taking charge and ownership there.