Pattie Buel

I think it’s a little easier for someone to move into management when it’s not a promotion from within the group. When in Industry, there were several times when I was able to promote someone from within the group to the manager of the group. Each time I asked the same question before making the selection – “Will you be able to take that step back from your peers to become their supervisor?” And then I’d ask them to think about one co-worker, past or present, who had a bad habit or had done something that totally annoyed them and describe what they would do if one of their staff did that same thing. When you’re the manager and new to the group, you expect that inital period of feeling a little awkward as you get to know people. But some folks don’t think they will encounter it if they take over their existing group and are surprised when it happens.