How to Prepare for a New Supervisory Role: Part 2

Now that you have begun building relationships with your employees, the next piece of advice will help get results! I will be writing on setting strategic goals and how to achieve results.

”Create a compelling vision, one that takes people to a new place, and then translate that vision into a reality.”—Warren Bennis


Before beginning this process, you want to be conscious of the company’s vision, mission, and goals. The ultimate goal is for the company to be successful; therefore, you want to make sure your team vision and goals align with the company’s.

Create a vision. Ask the question, “What is the preferred future?” It is important for the employees to participate in creating and establishing the vision and goals. I suggest to have a collaborative meeting where all employees have the opportunity to give suggestions.

Set SMART goals. You want all your employees feel valued and take ownership of the vision and goals to increase motivation. The goals need to be SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely. After brainstorming all the potential goals, combine the ideas that are similar and eliminate any ideas that do not follow the SMART system.

Create strategy. This will be the action plan or method of how you will achieve the goals. To reach success, your goals need an action plan to be achieved.

Create action plan. After your strategy is in place, you will need to develop tactics. This will be the set of actions needed to pursue the strategy. It is helpful to create a visual tactic board so the employees can see and track their progress. It will be a great motivator towards success.

Re-evaluate. Once the goals are in place, on weekly or monthly basis re-evaluate the goals with your employees. Make any adjustments as time goes on as needed in order to reach success.

There is no one recipe for success to take into a new supervisory role because you are dealing with humans. Leadership is a dynamic role and to be successful you need to be able to think on your feet while showing empathy, integrity, and passion.

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