They just hired some hotshot new manager…thinks he’s going to shake-up the place. Maybe, maybe not. Only time will tell.
He lines his office walls with photos, awards and commendations from local newspapers and businesses. His desk is covered with assorted trinkets and babbles. The place looks like a shrine to himself. What’s with this new guy?
Fancy suits, crisp shirts and the biggest wrist watch you’ve ever seen. Are you expected to bow or genuflect when you enter his office? You hear some of your coworkers saying; “Look, here’s another suit gonna to tell us what to do.”
You already don’t like him…
OK, ok, you know your supposed to give the new guy a chance. After all, he IS the boss. But what can he do, what can he teach me, let me see him in action, you say.
You’re a firm believer that respect is a two way street and only goes so far without proof you can do the job. Don’t try to change the place, don’t expect me to jump through hoops just because you want to do things differently. Blah, blah, blah…
See a problem here?
How resistant are you to change? It’s a part of life whether you wish to believe it or not. Bosses come and go. Some leave their mark (good or bad) and others go unnoticed. But you’ve got to give them a chance.
Being resistant to change is not a sign of leadership. If you ever expect to be “the boss” one day yourself you must come to grips with the “ever-changing” world of business.
You’re probably afraid of:
You’re set in your ways, and you have seniority. You maybe even set many of the existing procedures during your tenure and think there’s no reason to do things differently. But you do know things will change and you will no longer be in control.
What is he going to change? You don’t want to learn some new program or have to account for budgeted items differently; you finally got it down pat, now you may have to do it differently? You worked all these years to get the “good days off”. Now what?
You already think you’re underpaid; “I’m not working overtime” or “He better not give me more work” you say.
Considered a Failure
You may not be the best employee there and have flown under the radar of your previous boss, but now what? Even if you did a good job, by making you do things differently does this mean he thinks you weren’t a good worker? You’re trying your best…
Unwilling to Try Something New
You’ve never really liked change. Even when you were a kid and your mother wanted to repaint your room, you always repainted it the same color. “But I like that color Mom”, you kept saying. You were never into the latest fad or newest band. That wasn’t your style. Slow and steady was your mantra. But what about now?
Many years ago I knew someone that was offered a $2.00 per hour raise and promotion but he would have to have different days off. He turned the job down, he wanted to keep his “good days off”, besides, it’s “only” $2.00 per hour.
When I heard this I flipped on him: “What, are you crazy?” That equals more that $4000.00, I yelled to him. Since when are you rich? Two weeks later, when he came to his senses, he went to his boss and said he was NOW willing to take the new position but was told it’s too late. The job was offered to someone else that appreciated the offer.
What’s the moral of all this?
Most people are perfectly willing to sit idly by and wait for the world to pass. Or they are afraid of the unknown, unwilling to try something new. Concerns become worries, worries become fear, fear becomes an impassable mountain of grief.
Your new boss has the same fears as you; he’s not sure what to expect or what his new employees will be like. He knows he has a lot of work ahead of him. He may need to change his management style to adapt to the new company, it’s rules, it’s policies and procedures. He will need to make adjustments each day to do what he is paid to do. If he fails, he’s out! Does that stop him? No.
He became the boss because he’s not like “most” people. He’s willing to try something new, to find a better way of doing things. He’s got big shoes to fill too!
So, what about you? Are you like most people?
Give the new boss a break…even if he owns a Lamborghini, your dream car!
…damn new boss!