You've got a promotion, what's next?

Updated: Oct 20, 2020

4 tips on how to effectively start in your new role if you have recently been promoted (sometimes unexpectedly for you).

Joy, delight, happiness, but at the same time, fear, uncertainty - emotions that we experience when we receive news about our promotion. And sometimes it is overwhelming. Where to begin?

1. Do not panic.

Congratulate yourself, share the good news with your loved ones and take the time to feel success, thank yourself and everyone who supported you. You have done a lot, and you are starting a new chapter.

2. Talk to your manager

Schedule some time and ask questions (regardless of whether your manager is new):

• what are the expectations of the manager from you (your goals)?

• what are the expectations from the department (goals of the manager). What is the biggest challenge of the new team?

• what advice would your manager give you for the first 30 days in your new role

• What strengths do you have from their perspective?

• What do you need to develop first?

• Which form of interaction they prefer?

3. Talk to you team

After presenting to the team (if you were not familiar), take time for a team meeting, and then schedule meetings with each direct subordinate.

During individual meetings, look at the history of each participant: what they consider to be their greatest success, what they love most in their work and what plans they see in their development. What expectations from you they have and what they consider to be their greatest strength.

Listen carefully. Building trust does not start right away, but the impression of you also depends on how focused you are on the person.

Experience in the company, their previous experience, as well as the results - you can find out before the meeting, to know your team better.

4. Interact with your peers

• If you have new stakeholders with whom you will need to interact, schedule meetings with them. The goal is – your introduction, rules of interaction.

• If you do not have a team, then you can spend more time with your peers.

5. Build a plan

• Put your plan for 3 months and 1 year with all the necessary information and feedback (performance plan and development plan can be part of that too).

• Share it with your manager and with your team (if it is applicable).

6. Just start. And do not worry if something goes wrong.

Your new role is also a learning path. The most important thing is to adapt to a rapidly changing environment, understand when you need help and ask others to give you


Good luck!

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