You just found out your boss is being replaced with someone from outside your company. There were rumors going around that your
department was under performing and upper management was looking to
shake up its leadership. Once you get past the initial thought of
having a new boss and what it means, you must focus on how you will present yourself to
the new person in charge. Done correctly, it will cement in their mind
how valuable you will be during their tenure as the leader of the
department. Done incorrectly, you can kiss any promotion or upward
During the first few weeks of any transition you will notice fellow team members exhibiting various forms of behavior in an effort to win favor from the new boss.
Examples of Typical Attempts to Win Over the Boss
Understand that this new manager is not looking for new friends. They are looking to see who on the team is going to help them be
successful. Period. The manager is evaluating the talent of the team
from the moment they walk in. They must determine if the
ineffectiveness of the department was caused by poor leadership or by
the team members. The new manager must decide which players on the team
need to be reassigned or if they require additional management training.
At this point, your focus should be, “How do I want my new boss to view me?”
This thought gives you control and puts you in a more active state of mind versus waiting for the new boss to pass judgment.
Five Key Steps to Become a Valuable Asset to Your New Manager
You are in an optimal position because this new manager has no real picture of what type of team player you are. You can present whatever
picture of yourself you want. So, if you always felt your previous
manager did not view you as able to handle more but you feel you can,
then this is the perfect opportunity to show this new manager what you
In closing, as one who has had to take over many different types of sales and customer service teams, it is refreshing and exciting to be
surrounded by people who take their responsibilities seriously and can