Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Like most new managers, you will inherit a variety of employees. Some will have the knowledge, skills, and ability needed to drive the business forward. Others will not. Some may have aspired to your job, perhaps even have been told that the job was virtually theirs in the past. Others may have hidden agendas because you represent a potential threat to their positions. Often, a new manager finds their “senior team” is less than they hoped for. If your assessments are negative, you will confront the dilemma of either staying with people who are less than what you need or making a change early in your tenure. The decision to remove a well-known leader is among the most serious and complicated that any manager makes. But among the most common regrets managers have is not replacing key people once it becomes clear they are not the right fit. Don't let it happen to you.