3 THINGS I LEARNED AS A NEW MANAGER
1. It’s completely different.
I think that I was hoping that it would feel the same, but it’s different. Organizing a department, directing co-workers, managing various workflows, etc. – I felt absolutely unprepared for what I thought I had to do/be/think to be a ‘good manager’. Design challenges are one thing, management challenges are another!
2. It’s awesome and creative in its own way.
Ever had a bad boss or manager? We all have. When you’re in the leadership position you have an opportunity to lead by example. There’s no point in acting in a way that you wish your old bosses would have acted – instead, meet your team and be the best you can as a person to maximize their strengths, experience, and enjoyment of their work. Be the best manager for the team you have, while sticking to the values that you have for your department.
3. It’s as much about helping people grow, as it is getting the job done.
If I had to manage people with a bottom line/assembly line type of focus, I’d go mad. Instead, I look at Nadia and Courtney and try and see their one, five, and 10 years ahead. Their skill development, personal enjoyment of their work, and their professional confidence are the things I want to focus on when it comes to my responsibility as a manager. With that in mind, I can better lead a team that is moving in the right direction – which is a benefit to our clients, our coworkers, and Insight Studio.