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Promoted Above Your Friends

How to deal with being promoted to managing your friends.

By
Stever Robbins
4-minute read
Episode #74

Keep Your Mind Aligned

If you truly live to make your people successful, you’ll be off to a great start. And even so, someday you’ll have to fire someone. That will be your moment of truth. If you’ve just become another bossy-boss, then you’ll cement your role as the Retail Darth Vader. Your people will rebel, blow up your death star, and make poorly-written sequels that you’ll feel obliged to sit through because you loved the first one so much.

If you’ve done a good job of looking out for the team, however, people will welcome you getting rid of a slacker. Ewoks will sing in the treetops, and you’ll narrowly avoid getting romantically involved you’re your sisters. And that’s a good thing. So look out for your people by getting joint buy-in to your roles, and become the boss everyone would love to have. May the Force be With You.

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About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins was the host of the podcast Get-it-Done Guy from 2007 to 2019. He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.