Source | Forbes : By Liz Ryan
I have been devouring your columns which so often speak to my career situation or frame of mind. Right now I am in the midst of big changes at my job.
My first manager in this company, “Kevin,” was a good guy but he retired a few years ago. The new manager was “Becky” but she was in way over her head and they eased her out within six months.
Everybody said the same thing about Becky: “She is smart, sweet, very capable and a great leader but this is not the job for her.” Coming from way behind in our subject matter Becky was struggling terribly. She and I still keep in touch.
After Becky, they promoted “Carl” to lead our team. Carl was a consultant for our company at one point so most of us knew him. He would probably have done a good job but he got hired away by a huge bank after he was here for maybe seven or eight months.
Then we got “Phil.” Phil is my current boss. Phil was hired to clean up the problems that arose and got worse while Becky and Carl were here.
I supported Phil and so did my co-workers, but he was a guy who wanted to dial it in. He did not want to work. He didn’t want to attack our problems even though our team would have done all the hard work for him.
Phil announced his retirement two weeks ago and we all high-fived him and high-fived each other because with Phil out of the picture maybe we can finally get past our obstacles.
Now they are interviewing for a new manager. The Director and our VP took our team to one of the nicest restaurants around here and apologized for number of new managers who have come and gone.
That was a nice gesture. No one one our team wants the manager job, although as management jobs go there’s nothing wrong with the position.
Here’s my question: How much of the history of our troubled department should I share with our new manager once they arrive? How much of our history is it appropriate to talk about?
I don’t want to be a gossip but understanding the back story will make a huge difference in our new manager’s ability to succeed — at least in my opinion.