How to manage your team #10: Impact

Did my manager just say that?

A challenge to a new manager is detecting the impact your words have following your transition from teammate to boss.

Before you were just one of them. No longer. Now that you hold sway over their salary, position and career, teammates listen to each word you say with a more critical ear. Think of it this way: If your words had 1x power as a teammate, they will suddenly have 5x as a manager.

Before you speak, think of what you are saying and how best to say it. It’s a discipline you will develop. Concentrate on this word: judicious.

Chris Schroder, The 100 Companies