Be there for them, as they were for you…

15 07 2014

“If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.” ~Pat Riley

To me, that’s the definition of how to move from the front lines to a management position.  Line workers are often asked to give 110%, especially in times of change (i.e. mergers, changes in leadership, etc.), slim resources and other stressors.  Some will just do enough to “get by”.  They may grumble at the water cooler, go passive aggressive, or simply plod along with enough performance to keep their jobs.

 Then there are those “alpha’s” that listen to the “why” behind the change in status quo (this assumes you’re a good enough leader to communicate why the changes are necessary).  They understand or ask questions, then put their heads down and get the job done under the new protocols.  When co-workers gripe about it, these key staff members shut down the drama, and explain that there’s 2 choices:  Move or stay still.  They lead by example, and, hopefully, their peers will follow their lead.  Once the new normal gets into a good groove, be sure to reward that alpha staff member with, at the very least, praise and opportunities to grow.  And when you finally have an opportunity to promote them, remember the great work they did, for no additional payment, with a positive attitude.  They were there when you needed them, be sure to be there for them when you can. 

Speaking of ready…

whales

Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com

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