Now that you are a first time manager you are expected to drive your team to hit goals that the people above you care about. Identify what matters to your boss, and their boss, and make that stuff matter to you. Your boss will only be impressed with your management skills if you are accomplishing things they care about.
Something that people always seem to struggle with is being loud about what they accomplish. You have to let people know what you are accomplishing and you should always keep a list for easy recall. You and your boss will set goals for your first 90 days and beyond, make sure they are measurable otherwise you cannot prove they were met. Outline a cadence for one-on-one’s or status updates so that you can let people above you know where you are with meeting your targets.
First impressions are important, that you should already know. Doing these things from day one will help shape people’s perceptions of you as a manager in a positive way. Executing this is managing up and will give people tangible reasons to think you are doing a good job.
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