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I have been an engineer in a engineering support organization for 5 years. I have now been promoted to manage the services side of the engineering group with the promise that I was next in line for my manager's position as head of the organization when he retires in two years. My manager will now be transitioning to a more individual contributer role while maintaining limited managerial responibilities in preparation for his retirement. It really is what I have wanted for all these years and I am quite happy about it....YEAY ME!
I am formulating a transition plan. My new team (fromerly, my coworkers) get the news in July. I have MANY things that I want to change. I have been working in this group for a long time and feel that I really know what our problems are and how to fix them.
Some of these changes involve processes that my boss established. I am also going to try to repair the intrapersonal damage that my boss has done to our team. While he has always respected me and treated me well, he has not been a great manager to the rest of my soon to be team. What's worse is that he has never really built relationships with our internal customers, in fact, they barely talk to him and prefer to deal with me. I have listened to many lunchtime bitch sessions about my boss from everyone who deals with him. Fortunatly, I choose not to participate in them. I just find it distastefull and unprofessional.
I am now in a position to repair the damage done. He is still and will be my manager for two more years. I need to do this transition without upsetting him. Do I do it without his involvement? Do I tell him flat out that this is my plan? I guess that what I am really asking is how to transition this mess with dignity for both my team and my boss? I realize that this is going to require finesse. I don't want to mess this up. Your advice would really help.