Exceptional employees are often “rewarded” for
their good work by being promoted to management. At first glance, being a
manager looks like an easy job—after all, it merely involves standing guard
while others do the actual work, right? But for anyone who’s been dropped into
a manager position without proper training, it’s not that easy.

Making the transition

A manager who rises through the ranks can face some unique
obstacles to success. Former peers often resist your new “power” and
can make the adjustment tough. In the article, “New manager
has to deal with complaints from his former peers,”
we chronicle one
IT pro’s experience with leading former peers and present recommended steps to
overcome this obstacle.

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If you’re a first-time manager, here are resources that will
help you move into your new roles with ease:

Keeping your skills sharp

Management is an ongoing learning experience. Personnel
issues will change and new problems will crop up nearly every day. This section
of the lesson pertains to keeping yourself in first-rate managerial shape, with
tips on avoiding common management missteps and specific suggestions for
management success.

Test your management knowledge

See how much you’ve
learned from your own experience and from the resources in this lesson by
taking our three management quizzes.

For a comprehensive list of resources on professional
development, see page two.

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