Ever been dumped before? What was the excuse? I’m willing to bet it was “It’s not you, it’s me.” So how can that phrase help those who are managing others for the first time in their lives? Just switch a couple of the words around, and let this be your philosophy: “It’s not me, it’s you.”
For so many of us, going all the way back to grade school, we have been constantly rewarded for the contributions we make as individuals. In fact, for many first-time managers, the reason they are managing in the first place is because they were so good at getting their individual jobs done, they got promoted into management. But with your first formalized leadership title, you no longer will be rewarded for your own work and technical skills and abilities. Instead, you will be rewarded for motivating and leading your team to get their work done. Simply put, from the perspective of first-time managers, in order to be successful, the spotlight must shift: It’s not me, it’s you.
This video will walk you through what it really means when someone makes the cognitive mind shift to “It’s not me, it’s you” and how that philosophy is crucial for competencies that are important for the success of first-time managers. Yet for so many, these are competencies in which they are constantly under-performing:
- Leading Team Achievement
- Coaching and Developing Others (Mentoring)
Adopting the “It’s not me, it’s you” approach with these and other essential competencies will help first-time managers become successful at their new leadership position.
This is the first post of a series of blogs I will be posting every Tuesday this month on subjects that I hope will be helpful to first-time managers and others. I want to hear your thoughts. Comment on this and every Tuesday blog post in April 2013, and I’ll put your name in the hat to win an autographed copy of my guidebook, Developing Political Savvy!