Like a Boss

Feeling as a first-time boss:
There is always a lag between when you become a boss and when you start feeling like one. When you start to accept your new role, is when you start to feel like a boss.

Personally, even after 10 years of having started to manage a team, I’m still coming to terms with it. And I’m always a “work-in-progress”.

How was the learning curve? :
It started with forcing myself to not do it on my own, but getting it done. Then came the stage of giving productive and pointed feedback. Around the same time came the stage of training myself to think quickly, so that I can put my expectations on the table as quickly as possible. Along with that also came the need for lightning fast decision making. These days, I’m working on how to stay calm when someone is not performing or delivering up to the mark. Yes, the cane is as important as the carrot, but, overuse either and you’ll see your team’s performance starting to drop.

But the second most important part of my learning curve of being a boss is probably, ‘Delegate & Follow up’. A management trick I learnt from an old time mentor of mine, Ashwani Singla of Penn-Shoen-Berland Research. He probably doesn’t know, but he is my mentor in many ways. But I never got a chance of telling him.

Which brings me to the most important part of a learning curve; “Pick a good mentor, learn from them!”

3 top ways of motivating team mates:
– Clarity of their responsibility
– Appreciate them for a good job done, always! But never shy away from telling them when they were not up to the mark. By not telling them, you are only getting in the way of their growth.
– Not everyone is as ambitious as you are. So, if they are not dreamers, dream their dream for them. Then communicate that dream to them, and guide them on to achieve it.