New Manager - Large Team - What's first?
Hello Manager Tools!
As a new manager, being put in charge of 18 people next week in a new job, I'm not sure what "rules" from the podcasts: Fit In, One on Ones, or Team Size.
I've been leading small teams for a while, so leading effective groups isn't new to me (even though I wasn't a MT convertee until it was too late for those teams). I've been given a great opportunity to work for some folks that I have worked for previously as an individual contributor. They have asked me to lead an engineering team composed of 4 disciplines (Test, QA, System Engineering, and Sys Admin).
So, here's the conundrum: I firmly believe in the 3 month rule (no new initiatives, fit in, do O3's). However, having 18 direct reports is probably too many for me to manage in my first full-fledged management job.
Here are the options as I see them:
1) Fit in. Wait 2-3 months to identify team leads. Institute O3's with the leads.
2) Identify team leads immediately (early change, not fitting in), start O3's with the leads, fit in for the remaining 2-3 months.
3) Fit in. Institute O3's immediately with everyone (yikes! Maybe every other week). Wait 2-3 months to identify team leads. Back off O3's to just the team leads.
What would Manager Tools do?
Thanks for your help MT Community! It's greatly appreciated!