Becoming a manager for the first time is exciting.
Even if you’re managing one person, it’s an opportunity to guide their career, help them achieve their aspirations, and achieve more together than you could on your own.
It’s also one of the hardest transitions to make.
Despite the scale of the challenge, and the fact that every day thousands of people around the world try to make this leap, there’s still relatively limited good advice and support out there.
Many managers get nothing from their companies and are expected to figure it out. Some get a bit of training and then after a week of powerpoint presentations immediately forget it all as they hit the reality of the role.
It’s not good enough, and it’s a huge waste.
We know there are plenty of managers out there, like you, who want some support so they can get up to speed and start making a real difference to their team and to their companies.
Every day of progress that’s lost because you didn’t have a helping hand is a problem we want to help fix.
We believe the best way to learn how to manage is by doing it. But only if you have the right advice, at the right time, and the right tools to help put that advice into practice.
That’s where we come in.
Kommon is the essential toolkit for new managers. It has the tools and advice to help you work with your team members to progress their careers and manage at your best, including this guide.
If your team uses the Kommon platform, sometimes we’ll point you to articles when we think you might want some advice on that aspect of being a manager.
If you don’t use the Kommon platform, that’s fine too! This guide is a standalone resource for all first-time managers to help make the job simpler. We’re taking all our years of management experience and combining that with the best writing the world has to offer to create the definitive resource for new managers.
That will take time, and this guide is very much a starting point! We’re compiling new articles all the time but while we do, we know there are lots of subjects you'll have questions on. Hopefully you'll find some answers in our newsletter, our blog, and this list of other resources we love here. If you particularly want us to address something, please contact us and let us know.
In short, we want to use technology to help new managers find their feet and succeed in the role. If that’s you, welcome to Kommon.
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We’ve compiled a list of questions you can ask your managers and team members to identify the challenges they face, and help you pick the right solutions.