Nathan, a new manager, had been sidelined by his team. “What happened?” I asked.
“I don’t know. I was giving orders for the day and a couple of the guys wandered off and before you know it, I was in the room by myself.”
“What do you think happened?” I continued.
“Well, Troy had been on my case since I was first made manager. Seems he thought he was in line for the job. But the company picked me.”
“So, now, what do you think your challenge is?”
Nathan was quiet, then finally spoke, “Somehow, I have to get them to trust me.”
“Nathan, it’s a long road, to get your team to trust you, even if they have known you for a long time. Where do you think you will start?”
Nathan was still quiet. I poked my head out the door. His team hadn’t abandoned him. They were all at their workstations, doing their work, but it didn’t seem like Nathan was having his way.
“Nathan, I think your team will work okay for the rest of the day. The schedules that were posted yesterday haven’t changed that much. Let’s take a hike down to the coffee shop and talk about a new strategy. It’s tough being the new boss.”