How Do I Manage People Who Are More Experienced Than Me? 6 Key Tips | Laini Bennett

6 Tips for Managing People Who Are More Experienced Than You

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Jo* was a relatively inexperienced people manager when she was promoted to take on a larger team. “I was very excited at being given the opportunity, but also a bit worried,” Jo said. “Most of my direct reports were older than me, some by two decades, with significantly more knowledge and experience.”  Initially, Jo got

Can I be friends with my employee? | Bennett

Can I Be Friends With My Direct Reports?

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Sarah* got on really well with her direct report and they soon became friendly outside of work, hanging out with each other’s friends and family. But after a while, Sarah’s direct report stopped performing; she kept making excuses for her poor behaviour and performance. “Initially, I believed her excuses, because I trusted her as a

I Am New To A Team And Need to Conduct Performance Reviews. How Should I Handle Them? | Laini Bennett

I Have Just Started Managing a Team. How Should I Handle Performance Reviews?

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Bec* was thrilled to have her first management role. Albeit, she had one direct report and two contractors, but it was a good start. Six months later, the company underwent a major restructure and she was promoted to manage a team of 16 people.  “I was warned that some of my new direct reports were