Mistakes First-Time Managers Make

Taking on the position of “manager” for the first time can be a very exciting experience – but it’s also pretty overwhelming too. As a manager, you’re responsible for leading an entire group of people, and this means that you have the power to make real changes in your business. Of course, you also need to figure out how to help your company evolve successfully if you want to reduce your risk of unwanted problems. The truth is that most managers will encounter at least a few mistakes on the road to success. After all, the transition to management isn’t just about getting a pay rise – it’s a complete shift in mindset. Here are just a few of the common issues managers face, so you can try to avoid them for yourself.

Trying to Do Everything Yourself

As an average employee, you were focused on trying to get tasks done according to a strict schedule. The same sort of thing will be expected of you in a managerial position – however the weight on your shoulders is likely to be greater than ever. The good news is that you’ll have employees to delegate tasks to. Don’t forget to ask for help – you can’t do everything yourself.

Forgetting to Focus on Goals

When huge projects start coming your way, it can be tempting to take a responsive approach to tasks. This simply means that you try to get things done as soon as they arrive on your desk. However, as things pile up, you’re going to need to start prioritizing. Having business goals in mind will help you to do this more effectively, as will a good knowledge of deadlines and expectations.

Imitating Others

It’s tempting to look at other managers for guidance when you’re getting started in a new position. While there’s nothing wrong with searching for inspiration, it’s important to remember that you should be looking for an opportunity to develop your own unique management style wherever you can. Test yourself, and make your own decisions, rather than just asking yourself what someone else would do in your shoes.

Making False Promises

As a manager, you’re going to be tempted to try and please everyone at once. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible – particularly when the wants of your employees and the needs of your employers can be two very different things. The important thing to remember here is that you shouldn’t make promises you can’t keep. If you’re not sure whether you can accomplish something, simply say that.

Failing to Make Decisions

Finally, when you don’t have any prior management experience to fall back on, it can be common for new managers to experience something known as “decision paralysis”. This is when you spend so much time over-thinking a choice you have to make that the problem eventually rectifies itself, or a decision is made for you. As a manager, it’s crucial for you to have confidence in your abilities and make the tough choices at times.

About Ronn Torossian

Ronn Torossian is the Founder and CEO of 5W Public Relations. He is an experienced leader in the public relations industry with over 20 years of experience. Ronn Torossian has been named as Public Relations executive of the year by the American Business Awards, and has run countless award-winning Public Relations programs.

Ronn Torossian with ambassador Danny Danon and family



Ronn Torossian

Ronn Torossian is the Founder and Chairman of 5WPR, one of the largest independently-owned PR firms in the United States. With over 25 years of experience crafting and executing powerful narratives, Torossian is one of America’s most prolific and well-respected Public Relations professionals. Since founding 5WPR in 2003, he has led the company’s growth, overseeing more than 275 professionals. With clients spanning corporate, technology, consumer and crisis, in addition to digital marketing and public affairs capabilities, 5WPR is regularly recognized as an industry leader and has been named “PR Agency of the Year” by the American Business Awards on multiple occasions. Throughout his career, Torossian has worked with some of the world’s most visible companies, brands and organizations. His strategic, resourceful approach has been recognized with numerous awards including being named the Stevie American Business Awards 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year, the American Business Awards PR Executive of the Year, twice over, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalist, Metropolitan Magazine’s Most Influential New Yorker, a 2020 Top Crisis Communications Professional by Business Insider, and a recipient of Crain’s New York 2021 Most Notable in Marketing & PR. Torossian is known as one of the country’s foremost experts on crisis communications, and is called on to counsel blue chip companies, top business executives and entrepreneurs both in the United States and worldwide. Torossian has lectured on crisis PR at Harvard Business School, appears regularly on CNN & CNBC, is a contributing columnist for Forbes and the New York Observer, and has authored two editions of his book, “For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results With Game-Changing Public Relations,” which is an industry best-seller. A NYC native, Torossian is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and active in numerous charities.

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