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First off I am not a manager; I am what is commonly referred to in these forums as a DR.
A new manager has started in my organization and has not been particularly vocal or engaging with anyone. So you can imagine my surprise yesterday when I, and everyone else in my team, received an extremely long e-mail about upcoming one on ones.
At first I was taken by surprise and read the mail a few times through and though well, maybe this is a good step. A particular phrase in the mail just didn't resonate with me so I looked to the oracle of the internet (google) and typed it in, and was presented with, pretty much verbatim with the Manager Tools one-on-one sample e-mail.
How should I, as a direct report, address this??
I would honestly have valued 4-5 lines from the manger requesting a one on one and a broad outline, I and the rest of the team are now disappointed and he's only here three days.
Interested to hear feedback.
See Where it goes
What conversation do you have in mind?
You: I did some digging and believe that you're trying to use the Manager Tools philosophy on us!
Manager (somewhat surprised): uh, yes. I've found these tools to be effective and believe that they will help us be happier and more productive as a group. I'm trying to start my tenure here off on the right foot and hope this will help.
If you oppose what he's trying to do right from the start, it's not going to reflect well on you. And with a new manager, you want to be as positive and supportive as you can.
Instead, why not cooperate see where it goes? If you look through or listen to more of the content on this site, you'll see that it's intended to make life better for employees AND managers, not just managers. It's NOT trying to manipulate employees, or help managers to "win". The theme throughout is that well managed employees are happier, and happy employees = happy managers which creates more productivity and profit for all.
Perhaps previous managers you've dealt with didn't use these tools, and that has cast a general cloud of doubt and suspicion over all of the managers you deal with. If your new boss uses these tools, and uses them well, I'll be interested to see how you feel about him in 6-12 months.
I also recommend the Career Tools section of this website for advice on improving your own personal career.
Some MT basics
I would encourage you to listen to the Manager Tools Basics podcasts. You will discover that part of Mike and Mark's format is to give us tools we can adapt and use. They specifically ask us to take their o3 introduction letter and send it to our directs. That is what I did about 2 years ago. If you searched for "my text" you would have ended up at this site as well.
Please DO give the new manager your support. Now, just 2 years later, I get regular reports like "you are the best manager I have every worked for." I can only thank Manager Tools, Mike and Mark for these comments.
Welcome to to community. You are welcome and will be in for a world of growth.