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Tips for First Time Managers, with Jerry Ervin

Episode 15

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On this episode of Everything Speaks host Lee Caraher talks to Jerry Ervin, President and CEO of Paragon Strategies, a management training company that works with businesses to build effective leaders. Together they discuss success strategies for first-time managers, sharing great insights about how to navigate this new and challenging responsibility. What are the big changes you have to make when you get your first promotion to a managerial role?  How do you set clear expectations and earn respect?

Key Lessons Learned

  • The shut your mouth and open your ears philosophy.
  • Managing friends and peers; why being respected trumps being liked
  • You need a 30-, 60- and 90-day transition plan for your new role
  • Branding matters: create your own management brand that defines who you want to be as a manager
  • You haven’t delegated effectively if you haven’t asked, “Do you understand?”

Consider these words for your managerial brand:

  • Communicative
  • Listening
  • Effervescent
  • Clear
  • Open
  • Fair
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