Why Do Newly Promoted
lead list of reasons
Four out of 10 newly promoted
managers and executives fail within the
first 18 months in their new positions,
according to research by Atlanta-based
Manchester Consulting. The single biggest
reason: personal chemistry. They do not
successfully build partnerships and teamwork
with their subordinates and peers, according
to the survey of 826 human resources mangers
"The failure of newly
promoted managers and executives to build
a strong team and, at the same time, reach
out to their colleagues and peers, is
by far the biggest reason why 40 percent
of them fail within the first 18 months,"
said Jackie Greaner, Manchester Consulting's
Confusion or being unclear
about their bosses' expectations was the
second-biggest reason cited by the respondents.
Take preventive steps to
help ease the transition by taking clues
from the five ways that newly promoted
managers and executives say can improve
their chances for success:
- Confirm with bosses the
results expected of them in their first
- Find out the specific
timetable for achieving these results.
- Determine how bosses
will measure their performance.
- Ascertain from bosses
the roles they are to play.
- Find out bosses' preferred
way of getting progress reports and
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