Teach me, Obiwan.
January 27, 2012 12:30 AM Subscribe
I have a new boss. He is awesome. Now what?
posted by SoulOnIce to human relations (15 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
My previous boss was awesome too, but he works out of a different city which made things difficult to develop any kind of synergy with him, especially since we were lucky if we could sync our calendars well enough to get an hour-long phone call once a week. My boss before that (the bosses' boss who was filling in) is generally a decent guy, but a TERRIBLE authoritarian-type manager, and has established a culture of fear & CYA. Outside of the office he is the life of the party, inside, you avoid him like the plague. His morals and ethics are not outright bad, but often make me uncomfortable. My two bosses before that were fun, cool, engaging people but were largely inept, ineffectual leaders - almost useless.
My new boss started last Monday, and uhm - wow. I didn't know much about him before he started, but he's made a big impression on me and my team over the last 2 weeks. He immediately jumped in helping us resolve some project issues, he asks very thoughtful questions, we've chatted for 2+ hours multiple times, he's given great advice, etc., etc. Best of all, he's already picked up on our culture issues, process issues, project management challenges, on and on and on - and none of it surprised him and he's keenly aware that there is a lot of work to be done. He's a level-headed, calm, positive, encouraging, knowledgeable, inspiring dude.
Now what do I do?
I've suffered through a few years of poor leadership at this job, 8+ years prior with various other mediocre bosses. I feel I've gotten pretty damn good at working with sucky bosses so now I don't know how to make the most out of this more than competent one.
My instinct is to follow him around everywhere like a lost puppy and ask a ton of questions, but there's actual work to be done and I don't want to set the wrong tone that I don't know what I am doing. But damnit, I'm so effing excited he's here! By the way, it's not just me - all of his other direct reports feel similarly.
How do I best take advantage of having a good boss? What are the best practices here? What kind of questions or feedback should I solicit? How do I not become a brown-noser or be over-eager? He's been hands-on during the crisises we've been dealing with this week, but that is not the norm. I truly feel like I can learn a lot from him and he can help me become a better leader & manager.
Thanks for your help and insight in advance!