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June 21, 2016

Expert to Manager

Yolande Conradie

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Please join us!

What: #MTtalk

Where: Twitter

When: Friday, June 24, 2016 @ 1p.m. EST, 6p.m. BST

Topic: Expert to Manager

Host: @MindTools

About This Week's Chat

You close the office door behind you, feeling that this is not what you signed up for! You were the star of the team. The expert. The goal-setter and the go-getter. You knew exactly how everything worked and how to get the job done. When your manager left, you jumped at the chance to move up in the company. You applied for the promotion and, being the star employee you always were, you got the job - and much more than you bargained for.

Your days are suddenly filled up dealing with employee issues, handling office politics, and attending management meetings. Where you once felt sure and in control of what you did, you now feel unsure about navigating this unknown territory.

If it's any comfort, what I described above is the experience of many experts who become managers: the top salesperson who becomes the sales manager, the technical whizkid who becomes the IT manager, and the medical specialist who runs a hospital.

Our #MTtalk Twitter chat this Friday will explore what it's like to make the transition from expert to manager. We’re eager to hear how you've experienced this or how you've seen it play out in the workplace. Questions that we're going to ask may include:

  • What do you see as the greatest challenges when making the move from expert to manager?
  • How will you handle people who'd like to see you fail in your new role?
  • How can you use your skills/expertise to add value to your role as manager?


We want to help you to build your knowledge on this subject. The following resources are excellent tools to not only prepare you for our tweet chat, but also to help you to be a great manager!

As always, your participation is what helps us at Mind Tools and our community to learn. Our #MTtalk this Friday at 1p.m. EST, 6p.m. BST, is a great opportunity for you to share your ideas and experience, and to learn from other like-minded individuals. We look forward to hear how you've dealt with the transition from expert to manager. Remember, your response could be featured right here on our blog!

How to Join

Follow us on Twitter to make sure that you don’t miss out on any of the action this Friday! We'll be tweeting out 10 questions during our hour-long chat. You can join in by using the hashtag #MTtalk in your responses.

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