I work for a small company (50 employees). We are hiring a new middle manager to oversee one of our departments. I'm on the hiring team and one of my colleagues who is also involved in the hiring thinks it is better if we bring in the new employee as a regular employee for several months so that the staff in that department- who might be upset that they weren't selected to be the manager- have time to get to know the new employee and respect them before we "promote" them to the manager position. We did allow anyone from within the company to apply for the position as well, so there has been a relatively "fair" process to examine both internal and external candidates.
I think it's better to be clear from the beginning and start the new employee off as the manager but I'm trying to remember if there is a Pod Cast that addresses this issue. The new manager might have to address jealousy etc if that ends up being an issue, but we shouldn't cater our company's need for a new manager to fears of unrest within the current department staff. I need to have some practical wisdom to back up this opinion. I've been listening to the Manager / Career Tools pod casts for a couple years now and I'm trying to remember of Mike and Mark take a stance on this issue. I'd appreciate any feedback or thoughts.