I'm not sure how many of you are familiar with Broad City - but if you're not - you should be. This is not a show for the easily offended - it's a show for people who like to laugh about the truth of living in New York as a Gen Xer. (Or as an old Millennial). Written by comedic genius' Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, Broad City is actually filled with great management tips for new managers. Here are the five you need to know.
1. To Be A Boss, Think Like A Boss - Becoming a new manager requires an attitude shift. It's no longer about being able to do what someone else tells you do, it's about taking personal initiative to get the job done. One way to get your head in the game is to give yourself a daily pep talk - as cheesy as it sounds nothing will start your day better than a reminder that you're truly phenomenal and can do whatever you put your mind to.
2. Want a competitive edge? Reflect. I once went to a workshop on adaptive leadership (you can check out this book for more details) and learned about being on the dance floor vs. being on the balcony. When you're on the dance floor you are with your team, sleeves rolled up, in the fray of things. However to be a great leader and capable manager, you need to take the time to be on the balcony. Finding space to reflect on what's going on will allow you to discover process efficiencies, identify trouble areas and truly gain a competitive edge in your career.
3. Take care of your team. As a manager, your team is your everything and their success is your success. Rather than leave them to struggle with office politics and difficult projects, advise and guide them. Having their backs mean that they'll have yours.
4. Be kind to yourself and keep it real. Work can be hard. You'll have great days and you'll have incredibly hard, frustrating days. Sometimes you need to call in sick, meet up with your best friend and find the nearest Krispy Kreme. And that's ok - don't be afraid to take care of yourself and take a break when you need it.
5. Don't forget to celebrate with the ones you love. I was sitting with a friend of mine last week who recently became a certified coach. I shared with her that even though I'm accomplishing a lot of my goals, I'm not always able to really feel those successes. She looked at me and asked me what I do to celebrate. To which I had nothing to say - the next day I instituted a monthly spa trip as a reward for my hard work. If you don't have a celebration plan you're missing out on the sweet feeling of satisfaction. It doesn't have to be something big and expensive - just a treat that will make you smile and maybe even jump for joy.