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Welcome to episode 25 of the Nerd Journey Podcast [@NerdJourney]! We’re John White (@vJourneyman) and Nick Korte (@NetworkNerd_), two VMware Solution Engineers who are hoping to bring you the IT career advice that we wish we’d been given earlier in our careers. In today’s episode, we discuss tips for adapting to a new manager.
Original Recording Date: 2019-02-07
Topics – Adapting to a New Manager (The Silver Episode)

* Check out our Nerd Journey Coffee Experiment video. This was recorded while John was visiting Fort Worth, TX.

2:50 Scenarios that could lead to working under a new manager

* Scenario # 1: Current manager promoted / terminated / leaves the company

* The new manager could come from within or come from outside the company.

* Is John the manager killer?


* It’s possible you could take over as manager.


* Scenario # 2: The reporting structure changes.

* Nick shares an example of this happening multiple times at a previous employer.
* It’s possible you could work for someone who used to be your peer even though your role did not change.


* Scenario # 3: Taking a new job at your current employer

* It could be a new role under a different manager.


* Scenario # 4: Taking a new job at a different company

* New manager, new team, new culture to adjust to


* Scenario # 5: Your manager leaves the company, and you follow the manager to a new company

* This will require some adjustments regardless.
* See Following Your Boss to a New Job Part 1 and Part 2 from Manager Tools.



9:18 How can you adapt to a manager change?

* Keep being yourself.

* You are in your position for a reason.
* Know yourself, and be honest about your capabilities.
* Making big, sudden changes could affect job performance.


* Get to know the new manager, and allow him / her to get to know you.

* It’s ok to talk about personal details to find a common interest.
* Your proximity to the manager will determine how the first few interactions happen.
* Managers need to get to know how you do things (processes, etc.).


* Be positive, and have a helpful attitude.

* Guard against letting fear poison everything.
* If you are asked to change something, try to change it without fear.


* Keep your previous ideas for improvement in mind, but don’t expect things to change immediately.

* It’s ok to plant a seed for change, but use caution. Listen to John’s example.


* This is a clean slate.

* What if you loved / disliked the previous manager?

* Be fair to the new manager, and don’t compare him / her to the previous manager.
* Acknowledge the change, and roll with it. Give him / her an honest shot.
* Listen to our scenario about change control processes to illustrate.




* This is not a time to air all grievances.

* Think about how you will be perceived if you focus on the negative.
* Attach a metric if you’re suggesting a change.

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