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Expert advice for new supervisors

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Taking over a team? Leading for the first time? Take this advice from seven-time CEO Jack Sweeney:

1. Learn how to manage remote employees. It’s the way of the world, and you must adapt. Learn how to use technology, let go of any micro­­managing tendencies you have—a common problem among new managers—and accept that you must trust employees.

2. Don’t make improvements too quickly. Sweeney recommends that you take time—six weeks even—to get to know your team, your processes and culture before you jump in and make changes. If you move too fast, you could make the wrong choices and lose the faith of your team and boss.

3. Grow a thick skin. People are going to say things that you don’t want to hear. Some will question you, others may even insult you. Expect it, but don’t let it stop you from listening to negative feed­­­back. Even the feedback that really stings.

— Adapted from “7 Management Lessons From a 7-Time CEO,” Jack Sweeney, Entrepreneur, www.entrepreneur.com.

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