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Mistake 1Failure to delegate

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 03-31-2011 Print

Are you a seasoned CIO overseeing a team of freshly-minted managers? Or, perhaps you're the one who's stepping into the CIO shoes for the very first time. Either way, you'll benefit from these five tips to avoid classic rookie management mistakes. The statistics are sobering: Within the first 18 months on the job, 40 percent of all management rookies fail by either getting fired, voluntarily bowing out of the position or receiving a bad review, according to the Center for Creative Leadership. It doesn't have to be that way. In the book, "Harvard Business Review on Managing People" (Harvard Business Review Press/Available now), co-author Carol A. Walker explores the myriad factors that cause new supervisors to fail, and provides guidance you can use to help reverse these trends. Walker is president of Prepared to Lead, a management consulting firm in Weston, Mass. The book is part of the "Must Reads" series from Harvard Business Review Press. Here are selected highlights from Walker's section, titled "Saving Your Rookie Managers from Themselves."


Your rookie manager may think: "Nobody can do it as well as me, so I'll just do it myself."


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