It never fails. Just when you break in the old guy… he retires, quits, or gets the axe. Then, comes the often-painful task of dealing with the new boss… that awkward courting ritual of getting to know what he or she is all about and trying to put yourself in a positive light with the first of daily impressions.

What are their work habits? Are they the first to arrive and the last to leave? What qualities do they like in their employees? How do they handle stress and project management? Or, more importantly, how do they view you and your role within the company’s future and their own vision for it? The answers to these questions can and will determine whether it’s smooth sailing or a bumpy road ahead. 

Actually, allowing the new boss to get to know you is even more important than the reverse. An incorrect read on who you are and what you are all about from the onset could sour the relationship before either of you even has the opportunity to give it a chance.

I always advise that we should be open and honest. But most of all, just be your work self. You’ll be glad that you did in the long run. And it is also important to keep in mind, the fact that change is not always accompanied by bad news, although changes at the workplace do not always go exactly as you planned. After all, when it comes to the new boss, more often than not, the reason they are there in the first place is because everything was not going so perfectly.

We also have to remember that change is the only path towards growth. So, be patient, be professional, and be the best you that you can be. 

Where's Wayne

  • Apr 30
    Drury Lane Theatre,  Oakbrook Terrace
  • May 3
    Allstate Arena,  Rosemont
  • May 4
    The Chapel,  Mundelein
  • May 4
    Wrigley Field,  Chicago


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