I will be assuming a division manager position and it will be the first time that I will supervise first line supervisors instead of staff. I am looking for that balance of being ascessible to staff without my directs (their supervisors), either real or perceived, feeling like they are being left out of the loop or somehow marginalized. My new job has a need for a fast learning curve so I need to be able to build my immediate management team while also being available to technical expertise at the staff level in some areas where I do not have previous experience.
I have worked for supervisors at both extremes: where I needed to be present for any conversation he had with my staff or at least had the issue run through me; and for a supervisor who was [i]extremely [/i] accessible and I was often left out of decisions and conversations involving my funcitonal areas.
Any thoughts on how I can strike a successful balance? I have listened to the Open Door casts and assume that using O3s to explain to my directs what my immediate goals are would be a good start. Thanks!