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Challenges Faced by New Managers in the Oil & Gas Sector

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Article Summary: The prospect of becoming a new manager would definitely be an enriching experience, and a positive step in boosting the career, but all new managers must be cautious during the process of transition – they must let go of their previous role as a team member, and effortlessly fit into their new role. - Jess Potts

The prospect of becoming a new manager would definitely be an enriching experience, and a positive step in boosting the career, but all new managers must be cautious during the process of transition – they must let go of their previous role as a team member, and effortlessly fit into their new role.


They must take control of situations, and start assigning tasks. Overcoming the conflict between the 2 roles - doer and delegator, would ultimately determine their effectiveness as a Leader.


The critical challenges faced by New Managers are:


Establishing an identity


It’s easier said than done. They must have excellent situational awareness along with keenly developed listening skills and an open mind to learn and lead.


It would be prudent on their part to identify key stakeholders, and monitor how they build relationships and deliver results. This in turn would be a valuable lesson in their learning curve, and stand them in good stead when the chips are down.


Again, New Managers find it difficult to differentiate between friendship and professional relationship. They must clearly draw the line, and be a hard task master, especially during performance appraisals.


Allocating Work


For high performers used to handling assignments, it would be very difficult to delegate work. New Managers must understand, they are now leaders, and shifting back to the previous role would only create confusion at the work place.


They must trust their team to deliver, and mentor them during contingencies to have positive outcomes.


Achieving Results


The performance of a New Manager is measured in terms of results. It could be extremely unnerving to cope with high expectations, and deliver. Hence, communicating effectively with the concerned personnel, and ensuring the right message is passed on, would go a long way in avoiding setbacks.


At the macro level, the energy industry is always subject to risks. Therefore, they must stay abreast with industry trends, and identify & mitigate any potential risk that could disrupt business.


- Jess Potts

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