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Make a winning impression at work

Many new managers will be starting new jobs keen to make the best first impression and win over their boss and their colleagues in the first few critical months at work. Marielena Sabatier, executive coach and CEO of Inspiring Potential offers some advice on how new managers can win friends and influence people. 

1.       Take the initiative – don’t wait for other people to set up introductory meetings for you when you first start a job, take the lead instead.  Introduce yourself to your colleagues meet with your team and your manager. You will settle in far more quickly and make a great impression by being proactive and showing your enthusiasm for the company and its people.

2.       Fact find – use your meetings to find out everything you can about your role and the company.  Work out the remit of your role, your responsibilities and your objectives. Getting a clear understanding of your job from the word go will ensure you can achieve your objectives without stepping on anyone’s toes

3.       Learn from your team – meet with your team early on. Learn from them – remember they know more about the company, its culture and process than you do. Use the meeting to get to know them and also find out what issues or challenges they face involve them in coming up with workable solutions – this approach will be key to your success 

4.       Set clear goals and objectives - for you and your team. Communicate your goals and what you want to achieve and ensure you get their & lsquo;buy in’ early on

5.       Don’t be afraid to make changes - you have been hired for your skills and experience so be confident. If you have to make changes then do but make sure you carry them out them quickly and then refocus your staff on the future of the business

6.       Communicate carefully – particularly via email. If you have something negative to say to someone , then always do it in person – there is nothing worse than a group & lsquo;telling off’ to make someone feel awful and make you unpopular. On the contrary, if one of your team has performed particularly well, then praise them and let everyone know!

7.       Give credit where credit is due – don’t be tempted to score a quick win and take credit for work that isn’t strictly your own, there is nothing more annoying

8.       Avoid the office gossips - don’t get drawn into any unnecessary politics and remember to be professional at all times.

9.       Be respectful – to everyone in the office whatever their level in the organisation. Get to know people as individuals and remember everyone is a human being.

10.    Be positive –show that you are a positive attitude and that you are someone who is enthusiastic about work and happy to be there. Positivity is infectious, it rubs off. Happy people illicit positive responses from other people.  Lastly, remember to smile – it doesn’t cost anything...

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