(As I have promised, I’ll continue this. Maybe you’ll find it boring, but hey, I’m trying to be a man of my words)
6) Being the middle level manager, you’re not the big boss. Please don’t act like one. Yes, you are given the privilege or you’re promoted. Yes, you may obtained it through hard work (not through nepotism or “whom you know”), but be reminded that there’s someone above you. In fact, even CEOs and Business owners have SOMEONE above them – God.
7) Stick and do your OWN job. Does this mean if you’re a middle level manager, you don’t have any right to call the shots? Yes and No. Yes if the situation in question is not within your jurisdiction. For example, in a private school, if you’re in charge of records, you’ll not meddle with things like marketing, admissions, and the like. Maybe you know the “no” part: you should do you own job. Okay, some disguise meddling as a form of concern, but here’s the meter stick: is your job finished? Let’s go back to the example. If you’re in charge of record keeping, finish your job first before showing your “concern”. One time, there’s a student, who, after one semester, still doesn’t know that her name in school records is different from her actual name. Your head will shake when you found that the one in charge of this matter is meddling with other department’s work, instead of delegating the record keeper’s staff to double check student records. One of the reasons why department heads are put up is because the task is so hard that it takes undivided attention to do the job.
8) Take into consideration the old timers and veterans in your organization. Take their words into consideration. Yes, they can be annoying sometimes because of their, well, advanced age. However, if you want to stay, never mess with the old timers or else, you’ll receive the “sermon and tongue lashing of your life”. Okay, what if these old timers did something wrong? Just stick to your job. If these old timers are of retiring age, and their retirement’s near, just give them a graceful exit, if it’s possible. I think you readers are more intelligent than I do when it comes in handling, well, seniors.
9) Humility is the key…still. Even if you admit it, you didn’t go to that position strictly by yourself. One way or another, people helped you to be there. Why are not we aware of this sometimes? Because the people who helped you don’t keep records.
There you have it. I know you have more things in mind. Still, I hope they have been a good help.