Help a rookie manager, and create an ally for life

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Issue: New managers need your help, especially in their first three months.

Benefits: Smoother management transitions, and they'll see you as an asset rather than as a nuisance.

Action: Start a list today, including the items below, of the ways you can lend a hand.

The first 90 days on the job can make or break a new manager. That's when heor she is hit with new responsibilities, new pressures, new staff members and the challenges they present.

Those first 90 days also present you with a golden opportunity to convince that new manager that you're an ally, not the enemy. And, as that new manager grows and gains power within the organization, he or she will become a more powerful ally of yours ... because of the helping hand you offered during those difficult first days.

Here are five ways you can help new managers adjust to their new jobs ... and increase your influence at the same time:

1. Offer to show the new manager "the ropes" within the organization. Intro-duce him or her around the workplace, whom to go to with certain questions or problems, how to go about recruiting and hiring staff members ... even how to work the coffee maker.

2. Introduce the new manager to the personnel forms and reports he or she will be expected to fill out: time sheets, performance reviews, etc. Offer to answer any questions the manager might have about the forms or the procedures behind them.

3. Send regular reminders to the manager each time a report deadline nears. Give them at least 30 days' notice, for example, before a performance review is due, and offer your help in tackling that daunting task.

4. Show the new manager how to document staff members' performance and behavior, so that he or she builds a solid system for delivering accurate and fair performance reviews in the future.

5. Offer your assistance in finding technical or general management training the new manager may want or need. Keep a list of local and national training companies handy (see following list), so you can check into upcoming seminars and classes:

American Management Association, www.amanet.org/catalog.

Skillpath Seminars, www.skillpath.com.

Fred Pryor Seminars/CareerTrack, www.pryor.com.

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