• LinkedIn
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google+

‘Different’ management style doesn’t mean ‘wrong’

by on
in Your Office Coach

Question:  “Our new director wants to be 'more available by being less available.' He says we must make an appointment to meet with him, then he will come to our office at the scheduled time. His explanation is that managing our time will increase everyone’s productivity.  As an example, he describes how people used to line up in front of the former director’s door, waiting to talk to her. In my opinion, the previous open door policy worked just fine. Now I’m afraid that when I have a question or problem, I won’t be able to get an answer. What do you think about this?"  —Concerned

Answer: Getting a new leader almost always means adjusting to a different management style. The key is to recognize that "different" does not mean "wrong".  

Your previous boss apparently liked spontaneous interaction, while this one prefers planned communication. Either approach can work, but the change is uncomfortable, especially if you're a more spontaneous person yourself.

Try to look at this new procedure from your boss’s point of view. Scheduled appointments will allow him periods of uninterrupted concentration.  Employees won’t waste time queuing up in the hall. And during your meetings, you will have his complete and undivided attention.

For tips on dealing with a new manager, see Strategies for Surviving a New Boss.

Like what you've read? ...Republish it and share great business tips!

Attention: Readers, Publishers, Editors, Bloggers, Media, Webmasters and more...

We believe great content should be read and passed around. After all, knowledge IS power. And good business can become great with the right information at their fingertips. If you'd like to share any of the insightful articles on BusinessManagementDaily.com, you may republish or syndicate it without charge.

The only thing we ask is that you keep the article exactly as it was written and formatted. You also need to include an attribution statement and link to the article.

" This information is proudly provided by Business Management Daily.com: http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/30466/different-management-style-doesnt-mean-wrong "

Leave a Comment