Can I pick your
brain? What are
some pro’s and con’s of hiring a manager
into a newly created
position in an
already established unit?
While not knowing the specifics of your
topic, let me offer some rules of thumb.
What are the goals and motivations of
the people in the established unit?
I. Is it
- job security, or
- job satisfaction working with people
you like; organization you respect, or
- challenge and learn new things, or
- meets the bills and better than I
could do in other places.
It would seem that this group would
want things to remain the same, with
little change in their daily activities.
II. If on the other hand there are
people looking for higher
responsibility this could seem like a
problem. You would seen as getting
the position they covet.
However, you can make it a real
can train the new
manager with existing team
members and promote the person
looking for more
The replacement is in place and able
to handle things.
- there is too much work and
not enough people;
the workload with new blood
- this allows new programs to
come in easier, as they
are not tied
to the existing ones this allows
new directions in existing
- this allows some headache work
to be removed from
the existing team
to allow them to do what they like
and what they are good
at the new
person “runs interference” with the
ups” while other things can
get done with less interference
- the new person is an
experienced manager who can
motivate and teach the existing team
- this could allow succession
planning to happen with
train new manager and move on.
- new person will know little about the
structure and how things
will need time to come up to
- what are the motivations of the new
with the existing team?
will take time to find out
- will likely have more loyalty to
higher ups than to
- was there a “gap analysis” to determine
and abilities would best suit
the newer organization and what it will
- did the existing group have a say in
Whatever, look on it very positively.
Help make a
difference. Show that you
are a dependable contributor that makes
every day. Actions speak
louder than words.
Hope this helps.
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