I am looking for advice on how to develop a relationship with my direct who was once my manager.
I have been recently promoted to a new position within my organization (Assistant Vice President), and my former boss now reports to me. In our one on one meetings, he seems disinterested and a bit confrontational. I am getting a lot of pushback from him in the form of vague disinterest or body language that impress upon me that he feels this is a waste of time (I know there's a cast for that). I can't tell if he is trying to test me or if he is annoyed that he has to report to me. He doesn't really seem to want to share anything that is going on in his department. It just feels like I'm trying to "pull teeth"!
Back Story: As his direct, I took the initiative to start weekly one on ones with him to ensure that he was getting a regular report from me (as prescribed by Manager Tools). I also encouraged him to start doing one on ones with the peers in my department, which he did.
Our Relationship: How did we get here? Well, I took time to develop and maintain relationships with individuals throughout the organization. The VP and President of the organization saw how I interacted with those departments, and I know they valued how I was able to relate to others (the president specifically told me those exact words). A little more background information, my boss is a High C and I am a High S. We have worked together for several years, so I thought we had developed a "workable" relationship; however, I struggled with his "High C"-ness for many years (I credit MT for helping me understand how to improve how we interacted and thought we complimented each other very nicely). I haven't tried to push him too hard, because I know this must be difficult for him (although, I do have certain initiatives I would like to see him move forward
So, I am really sort of flummoxed by this situation and how to restore a good working relationship with him. Maybe the High S side of me is making too much out of this. I also thought about asking him to come to our meetings with an agenda.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.