Key to Success for New Managers: Redefining Relationships with Former Co-Workers

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Key strategies can ease transition when managing former peers, says expert

Congratulations, newly minted supervisor! Now, go enforce among your former peers that “no personal calls” rule you once flaunted with impunity. Redefining relationships with former co-workers can often be the most difficult task facing new supervisors and managers. But a few key strategies can ease the move into an unfamiliar role.

“Working with former peers is often the toughest part of making the leap to boss,” says business-training expert Myron Curry, president of “Many people have to deal with their fear of losing friendships, reluctance to disciplining a former peer or avoiding the appearance of favoritism.”

A new training program available from addresses that dilemma. Peer Today, Boss Tomorrow helps new managers and supervisors navigate changing relationships and prepare for the most difficult situations they’re likely to encounter as they assume a new role. According to Curry, four key strategies presented and applied in the program can ease the transition from peer to boss:

1. Accepting the responsibilities of the new role.

2. Exercising abilities to set clear boundaries with former peers.

3. Strengthening communication skills.

4. Taking thoughtful and strategic action when necessary.

Peer Today, Boss Tomorrow is available in a free preview package. The program includes a video and Facilitator Guide with agenda options, reproducible participant materials, reproducible Self-Study Workbook and PowerPoint presentation for download. To find out more, visit or call 1-888-337-2121.


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