“Lawrence, you have been a manager now, for how long?” I asked.
“Two months. It’s really different, but it seems like a lot,” he replied. “Not only am I doing all the stuff I was doing before, but now I have new stuff to do on top of that.”
“Who said you were supposed to keep all the tasks you were doing before?” I wanted to know.
“Well, my boss said I was still responsible for scheduling the people and making sure the materials were ordered. He said if we didn’t meet our daily targets, my butt was still on the line,” defended Lawrence.
“Okay, I understand. And does that mean you are the person who actually has to make up the workload schedule?”
“Yeah, but if it’s wrong, I am still in trouble.”
“Lawrence, do you have to create it to make sure it is right, or do you just have to check it to make sure it is right?”
Lawrence knew the answer, but it was difficult for him to say it. The toughest thing to do, as a new manager, is to stop being the supervisor.