First-Time Managers: Survey Says Get Help!

As a part of the research into the release of our new First-time Manager program, we have asked people to fill out a survey about their experience as a first time manager. We ask what they wish they had known before they started, what surprised them about their new role, and what mistakes they made.…

Infographic: Most New Managers Are Not Ready to Lead

A new infographic from The Ken Blanchard Companies looks at the challenges individual contributors face when they step into their first leadership assignments. With over two million people being promoted into their first leadership roles each year—and over 50% struggling or failing—the care and feeding of first-time managers needs to be front and center on…

What Do New Parents and First-Time Managers Have in Common?

Leadership expert Scott Blanchard, co-author of The Ken Blanchard Companies’ new First-time Manager learning program, says new managers sometimes approach their first assignment with the same energy new parents have with their first child—a tendency to overreact. “As a first-time manager, you want to make a good first impression by demonstrating confidence and capability in…

First-Time Manager Challenge: Providing Direction to Others

According to Scott Blanchard, co-creator of The Ken Blanchard Companies’ new First-Time Manager training program, one of the biggest challenges new managers face is becoming comfortable with providing direction when needed. “Leadership is about going somewhere. Being successful at that requires a combination of clear goal setting, providing positive reinforcement or redirection as needed, and…

Take an 80/20 Approach to First-Time Management

Executive coach Linda Miller has worked with a lot of people who have made the transition from individual contributor to manager.  As a featured speaker in the upcoming First-Time Manager Livecast, Miller will be sharing that new managers need to approach their new role with a different mindset in two key areas: focus and relationships.…