Manager Assimilation Process
To accelerate the process of assimilating a manager with a new team.
Teams don't choose their managers, and often managers don't choose
their teams. When a new manager is appointed for a team, there are
often months of posturing and circling behavior as manager and team
members observe and test each other, gradually learning how to work
together. The New Manager Assimilation Process enables everyone
to bypass this behavior by sharing information up front that creates
a comfortable, aligned, and productive team structure immediately.
In the New Manager Assimilation Process, you will
learn how to:
team a clear understanding of the new manager's expectations,
leadership style, and non-negotiable values
Create an environment
where the manager and team members can explore concerns, preconceptions, and
potential issues openly and productively
organizational issues that need addressing and to make initial
plans for addressing those issues
a communication process with a solid, long-lasting structure
Our consultants conduct confidential interviews with each team member
and the new manager to identify common themes, concerns, and issues
to be addressed. These questions focus on both the team leader and
the team in general. Then, in a private preparation meeting with
the new manager, the consultants present those themes and align
on a process for the group meeting.
consultants facilitate that team meeting in which we provide a
basic framework for effective communication about the issues involved,
present key themes, and facilitate the exploration and resolution
of those themes. We ensure that plans are made during the meeting
to resolve any issues that arise but are outside the scope of the
New Manager Assimilation Process.
the team meeting, the consultants debrief with the new manager and
provide coaching on how best to continue developing as a leader
with this team. Depending on the needs of the team and desired outcomes
of the new manager, the team meeting is anywhere from one half-day
to two days long.