Wednesday, January 04, 2006

1qtr2006 - Not Just Talk! Newsletter

Table of Contents -1qtr2006 - Not Just Talk! Newsletter
  • Feature Article
  • Great Things I Didn't Say!
  • What's News at GottaGettaCoach!?
  • New Product Notice
  • GottaGettaBlog!
  • Weblog Highlights Administrivia

1qtr2006 - Feature Article

Promoted? Now What?

Welcome to 2006! And congratulations - that promotion you got along with your performance review at year-end is now official. So here are some helpful hints on successfully managing the transition from co-worker to boss:

Top 5 DO’S when being promoted to supervise your peers

  1. DO treat everyone with the utmost respect – In one way or another you couldn’t have gotten the promotion without them, either because they helped you succeed, or they helped you look good by comparison.
  2. DO earn your pay – Now that you’re making the Big Bucks, show your staff that promoting you was a good decision.
  3. DO keep your ego in check – No one likes an over-the-top winner, specially when they knew you when.
  4. DO fix something – Pick something you all used to grouse about and use your new authority to make it better.
  5. DO walk your talk – Take responsibility for your actions (especially your screw-ups) and model how you want your staff act in similar circumstances.

Top 5 DON’TS when being promoted to supervise your peers

  1. DON’T be a jerk – You don’t automatically now know everything just because you’re the boss. Similarly, saying, “Do what I say because I’m the boss,” should be avoided at all costs. Instead, explain the underlying rationale for your decisions and discuss and/or debate, as necessary. Allow the strength of your ideas to make the sale, not just the implied threat that your can make someone’s life miserable if they don’t comply.
  2. DON’T be a buddy – You’re no longer part of the gang; you’re the boss. Be friendly, but don’t think that nothing will change just because you got promoted; it will.
  3. DON’T play favorites – Reward based on merit, not favoritism. Don’t assume you already know how someone will work with you as their boss. Avoid giving real or perceived preferential treatment.
  4. DON’T hold a double-standard – Being in charge does not mean you can bend/break the rules for yourself while insisting they be enforced for everyone else.
  5. DON’T be a hog – When something goes well, share the credit/spotlight with your staff so that they see that making you look good makes them look even better.

You've done a lot of good work in the past - that's what earned you this promotion. But now, you need to do a lot of GREAT work to help everyone realize that promoting you was a very smart - and totally appropriate - thing for your boss to have done.

Show 'em what you can do.


1qtr2006 - Great Things I Didn't Say!

  • "People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first." - David H. Comins
  • "Chance favors the prepared mind." - Louis Pasteur
  • "One machine can do the work of 50 ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man." - Elbert Hubbard
  • "A man of words and not of deeds s like a garden full of weeds." - Mother Goose
  • "My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition." - Indira Gandhi
  • "Consider the postage stamp: Its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there." - Josh Billings


1qtr2006 - What's News at GottaGettaCoach!?

News and Highlights from last quarter:


1qtr2006 - New Product Notice: Decision Matrix Tutorial

Wouldn't it be great if you could objectively assess all the pros and cons of important business decisions without driving yourself crazy? Wouldn’t it be ideal if you could factor what's important to you in making a decision before you decide? Wouldn't it be helpful if you had a way sort through all of your thoughts and emotions around this?

Well there is and it’s called Should I, or Shouldn't I? - a downloadable tutorial about mastering the Decision Matrix.

Learn how to objectively asses the choices before you so you don’t have to rely so heavily on your gut feel. Use it to find out what additional information you need before making your choice. Increase your confidence in the decisions you make and your ability to explain them to others.

Learn more about the benefits of using the Decision Matrix at:


1qtr2006 - GottaGettaBlog! Weblog Highlights

I've been using GottaGettaBlog! as a vehicle to capture news, notes, and musings about coaching, mentoring, and getting more from YOUR Untapped Potential - along with whatever other stuff I happen to find amusing and/or thought-provoking - since June of 2003. Highlighted postings from last quarter are listed below: just follow the links:

from October 2005

from November 2005

from December 2005

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1qtr2006 - Administrivia

This edition of Not Just Talk! was written and created by Barry Zweibel, executive coach, leadership consultant, and president of GottaGettaCoach!, Incorporated.

GGCI specializes in helping executives - and managers aspiring to leadership positions - to:

  • think more strategically more of the time
  • communicate more effectively, up, down, and across the organization
  • better leverage their time, effort, and personnel resources
  • adopt a more coach-like attitude with staff and vendor personnel
  • be ready willing, and able to have difficult conversations, when needed
  • drive key business results without being a jerk!

GGCI also provides life coaching and career coaching services to those looking to make good things happen sooner in their lives and careers.

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