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Smoothing the way from bud to boss

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Things change when you get promoted and go from being just another employee to a manager above your former peers. To make the move as smooth as possible, take this advice from leadership experts rounded up by Time reporter Daniel Bortz.

Conduct one-on-one meetings. Talk to each person you’re now leading about their goals, challenges and what they’re working on. This will help you achieve buy-in.

If you have been promoted over a colleague, address it, to alleviate any questions whether you can work together.

Pull back from the social scene. When you’re the boss, people need time to vent about you, so give them space. For example, come to happy hour but only stay for one drink.

Demonstrate you don’t play favorites. Develop metrics for making difficult decisions about people and their ideas—and be transparent about those metrics—to show you aren’t favoring old friends.

— Adapted from “How to Deal When You’re Promoted Above Your Peers,” Daniel Bortz, Time Inc. Network.

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Petros Rigas September 14, 2015 at 10:04 pm

Surely you need to recognize that you can become quite a “loner” in the process – and this is expected. When you attempt to make friends with any particular team member, that may lead to miscommunication and may send the wrong message to other team members. Perhaps you should start picking friends from outside your workplace.

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