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Rules for Managing Well

(Q.4) I'VE BEEN PROMOTED TO MANAGEMENT for the first time and am worried I won't do well. Do you have any "rules of thumb" I can apply to make my transition more effective?

(A) STEP ONE IS KEEP UP WITH THE PACE and demands of managing projects, from setting them up and putting together a team to deliver results on schedule and on budget, advises Edward T. Reilly, AMA International President and CEO who edited its AMA Business Boot Camp which deals with essentials of management and leadership. He also stresses it's important to determine your own leadership style, then project that leadership image and build power and influence by participating in office politics, ethically, to fulfill your mission.   

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