Timothy Dalton - Project Manager from Boston, MA
Going from design engineer to project manager was a huge upgrade for me. Though I must be honest, I was a bit anxious about the transition. What if I let my employees down? What if the upper management thinks they made a mistake with my promotion?
The nerves took a while to settle, but eventually I started to feel at home and get more productive. I think what helped me the most was establishing a morning routine. Every morning when I got into the office I’d brew a warm cup of black tea and review my tasks for the day. Then I’d check my calendar, check my email, and respond to anything pressing. Though it’s a short routine, it gets me aligned and ready for the rest of the day. One day from my transition period really stands out…
About three weeks after my promotion I was called upon to give a talk about design drawing standards. This would be my first big presentation and upper management would be there, along with our entire design team. While I was admittedly nervous about it, I maintained my composure throughout the preparation and ended up performing much better than I expected. Everybody loved the presentation and congratulated me on my new position in the company.