Monthly Archive: March 2015

Mar 18

Reasons New Managers and Supervisors Fail: Lack of Change Management Skills


There is one thing that’s certain in this digital age we live in – change happens at a very rapid pace.  The manager who is not able to lead through the ever-changing work environment will not be effective and will lose the respect of their subordinates and superiors.  Whether it’s the changing workforce, the increased …

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Mar 17

Reasons New Managers and Supervisors Fail: Lack of Team-Building Skills

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We’ve looked at three reasons new managers and supervisors fail in their leadership positions. Lack of training, lack of leadership skills and inability to resolve conflict in the workplace will severely hinder a new manager in their role. Today we’ll be looking at the fourth reason a new manager or supervisor would fail: lack of …

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Mar 13

Reasons New Managers and Supervisors Fail: Lack of Conflict Resolution Skills

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The third reason that newly promoted managers and supervisors fail is because they lack the ability to resolve conflict or the ability to help others resolve conflict. It doesn’t matter where you work, if there is more than one employee, there will be conflict. It is only a matter of time until differing opinions of how …

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Mar 11

Reasons New Managers and Supervisors Fail: Lack of Leadership Skills

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In a previous post, we presented the theory that leaders are not born, they are made.  They are made by the individual intentionally learning and putting into practice the competencies that are required to lead and direct others.  A manager who works for a public agency, such as a water district or sewer district, has …

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Mar 09

Reasons New Managers and Supervisors Fail: Lack of Training


In this post, we’ll look to challenge a common management myth. At American Water College, we believe that leaders are made, not born, and management skills are developed, not built-in. The skills and attributes that define good leaders and managers are not granted at birth to a select few who are destined to lead others …

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Mar 06

Reasons New Managers and Supervisors Fail: The Peter Principle

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Today we begin a series exploring the top five reasons that new managers or supervisors fail in their new position. Joe Kerschner, Founder and President of American Water College, has observed this phenomenon over the course of his career in Water and Wastewater Treatment and Management. The concept is not unfamiliar to the management world …

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