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Becoming a New Manager: Expert Solutions to Everyday Challenges by Harvard Business School Press

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Mentor’s Message: A Challenging and Rewarding Journey

You’ve just been promoted to a managerial position, after years of excelling as an individual contributor. While you’re excited by the new opportunity to come, you’re also a bit nervous about taking on new challenges and operating in a very different role from what you’re used to.

All of these mixed feelings are normal. They’re also signs of wisdom. The fact that you’re feeling this way suggests that you’re aware that transitioning into management is both a challenging and rewarding journey—one that takes time, patience, and practice.

So, as you look ahead to your new role, get ready to set aside what you have assumed about what it means to be a manager, because the realities may catch you ...

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