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Firstly, don't sweat it. It's never easy making the move from managing yourself to managing others.

There's no magic formula to being a good manager but a couple of things that will help are:
Be honest with people and don't bottle things up (that's when it becomes personal rather than business)

If someone isn't pulling their weight take them aside and let them know it. Then work with them to resolve any blockers to their progress and between the two of you come up with a plan to get back on track.

Make everyone aware of their responsibilities. Although you need to manage them, they are responsible for their own work and they should feed back to you exactly how it's going (a potted version of this is usually enough to cover your progress report to management).

If you have people on the team who are under-utilised, make use of them. Give them a little more responsibility, something like putting together progress reports or doing some resource planning. They will usually appreciate you having faith in their abilities.

Although you can still have a bit of fun with the team (and sometimes humour does help) it's important to remember that you still need to be impartial so don't get dragged into petty squabbles.

It's also handy if you can get yourself some kind of coach to help you work through the tougher times and help maintain your sanity (I found a coach to be so helpful, I started doing it myself). Coaching is also an easy thing to pick up the basics of, and can be used with your team. It gets away from the bitching and whining and works on the issue.

If time is short, invest in one of the DK Essential Manager Manuals. This gives a potted summary of all aspects of management and can get you off to a quick start. Although it's quite a thick book, it doesn't go into too much detail and you can dip in and out of it.

I hope this helps and things start going smoother. Smile | :)
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