We look at classic challenges faced by managers early in their careers—and how their bosses can help when those managers stumble.

Along the way, we draw on real-world examples.

  • Tom, a star performer promoted to manager, felt overwhelmed and insecure. He ended up spending most of his time putting out fires—not the best use of his time.
  • Another rookie manager needs to learn how to delegate
  • A rookie manager tries to solve problems on her own
  • A rookie manager loses their bearing and acts frantically when under pressure
  • A rookie manager fails to spend time thinking strategically because they are so used to dealing with urgent problems

We discuss the 5 strategies to deploy to save your rookie managers from themselves.