New Managers Club

The purpose of New Managers Club is pretty self-explanatory. But why does it exist in the first place?

By the time I was invited to attend a management training program, I had already been managing teams for over two years. I survived by studying for management like a final exam that was always the next day. I read all known management books, watched TED talks, listened to podcasts, and had coffee with anyone who would give me a piece of advice. I made tons of mistakes, and there are probably a few former employees from my earlier days who think I was a pretty bad manager. To those people — I promise I was really trying. I just had no way to practice managing you.

That’s when I realized no business can afford not to have management training. There’s simply too much at stake. Bad management drives revenue down and talent away. We often hear the phrase, “people don’t leave jobs, they leave managers.” And what are we doing about it?

Here’s what usually happens: the strongest individual contributor on a team is promoted into a management role. However, being a great manager requires a completely different set of skills than being a great individual contributor. In fact, many of the strengths that help you win as an individual contributor turn out to work against you in a management role. Strong individual contributors are motivated by their own success. They win when they receive individual recognition, a raise, or a promotion. They also win by default when peers fall behind. Managers only win when their team wins, and their leadership is only as effective as their least engaged employee.

When your company is growing quickly, there’s no time to stop and train; not for new hires, and definitely not for new managers. Since everyone’s “building the plane while it’s flying,” management training quickly becomes de-prioritized. Especially when your company schedules it during normal business hours, when you have a million competing meetings and projects.

If you are a new manager (congrats!) you’ll want to quickly win the respect of your team and your own supervisor. You’ll want to continue your great track record and prove wrong anyone who’s doubted you. And that’s exactly why you won’t ask for help.

New Managers Club was created to give new managers a place to leave the office, share their attempts, mistakes, and eureka moments, and connect with others going through the same thing. In short, it’s for people who give a shit about growing into the leader they want to be.

New Managers Club meetings are held one evening a month in NYC. If you’d like to join, send an e-mail to newmanagersclub@gmail.com.

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