Working With a New Boss
Working with a new boss can be a challenge, But here are some tips to help you prepare,
Rumours fill a vacuum
Before a new boss arrives you may here all kinds of rumours about them, some good and some perhaps worrying. Stay calm but keep your wits about you till you have some real news. Once you have a name for your new boss, do your own research. Find out as much as possible about them but stay in a neutral space. Don’t add to the rumor mill and don’t assume that reputations are always justified. Give your new boss a chance.
Give the new boss some space
When the new boss arrives, give them time and space to settle in. Don’t rush to be the first to make a good impression – there will be lots of people doing just that. But be courteous and welcoming – be optimistic. Do your job as well as you can.
Help when it is needed
Show you are willing to help and support when your new boss needs help. Make it clear you are happy to share your knowledge of the organization and to make introductions. Accept that your new boss will have their own way of doing things. And too much “this is how we do things here” from you, will really irritate.
Be yourself with the new boss and don’t pretend to know more than you do. If they ask a question you can’t answer, then offer to go and find out. Don’t bluff. If they are any good they will see straight through it. Above all, don’t pretend to be someone in the organization that you are not. Pretending to be on first name terms with the CEO can rebound on you.
An opportunity to make a fresh start
Most new bosses will have made some inquiries about key people in their new team. But there is probably still a chance to make a fresh start. As you get to know your new boss, take the opportunity to make a positive impression. Show how good you are. And, when the new boss has settled in, make sure they know how interested you are in your own career.
What about new bosses who want to bring in new teams?
Some new bosses do prefer to bring in new teams. In your research before the new boss arrives, you may be able to find out if this so. Have done in the past? If so, do all the things, I’ve suggested above. Give your new boss an opportunity to see how valuable and how flexible you can be. Show them that you can adapt to the new situation. But be realistic – brush up your CV and keep an eye open for other possibilities. Make sure you line-up your old boss up to give you a glowing reference.
Working with a new boss – accept the new situation
Accept that change happens. Things cannot stay the same, so accept that with grace. You may be sorry to see your old boss go. But the future is full of new possibilities. Do your best to make the most of the opportunity..
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Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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