Being a new manager means facing new challenges and applying new skills. However, in many cases it also means letting go of old habits. Two of the most important behaviors that must be avoided are: 1) being a passive bystander when it comes to strategic decisions and 2) being the “doer” in project work.
This podcast focuses on strategy translation and the three critical elements of understanding, connecting and aligning. It answers the question: What are the challenges in strategy execution for a leader who is new to management?
Promotions are exciting. Especially that first promotion that takes you from the status of “employee” to “management.” And then reality sets in. You have to hold people accountable.
Leaders in all roles are responsible for strategy translation: “connecting the dots” from a higher level business unit or functional or corporate strategy to the work of the local team. As we’ve said in prior posts—this work is really three activities: understand the strategy, connect it to the local level and align your work across boundaries. What’s interesting, given how important it is to do this well, is that most leaders learn HOW to translate strategy somewhat haphazardly—by watching others succeed or stumble, or through their own trial and error.