New Leader

Leadership, New Manager, Manager, New Boss, New Supervisor, Female Leaders, Women in Business
Curated By
Ellen Kramer

Ellen has held key leadership and CMO roles for nearly 30 years in startup, middle market and high-profile corporations, such as AOL, Quiznos, USA Today, Blockbuster/DISH and Portico, as well as consulting for her own businesses. Ellen is a high-energy, results-focused business leader with a down-to-earth style and a track record of providing vision, mentorship and teamwork to drive profitable growth. Certified by the Center for Executive Coaching and IDEO’s Design Thinking, Ellen understands that transformation isn’t accomplished with weak relationships. How you treat people at every interaction, how they react to you and your leadership style, and what you make possible for the humans you touch are a significant part of Ellen’s work. Ellen leads the way with “extreme empathy” and a provocative, yet approachable, style.

They Might Be Thinking:

  • I am excited to show what I can accomplish.
  • I am pretty confident that I know what I’m doing here.
  • Am I good enough to do this job?
  • With whom do I need to build a strong relationship?
  • I want to be a friend, mentor and advisor to my team.
  • How do I best motivate people?
  • I might need to change some old habits that aren’t serving me in this role.
  • How do I influence people who don’t work for me directly?
  • I feel alone in this high-pressure situation.
  • Should I trust my instincts?
  • I feel overwhelmed.
  • People expect so much of me already.
  • I really don’t like the drama some people bring to the office.

Words That Might Be Encouraging:

  • You got this job because you were qualified and best-suited for it.
  • You clearly care about the people that work for you.
  • Take some time to get to know your new peers, their roles, and their understanding of your role.
  • Don’t forget to breathe.
  • Your openness to change is refreshing.
  • You are a natural mentor.
  • Let alignment of purpose and clarity of goals guide you.
  • There are coaches who can help you tap into your own wisdom.
  • Look, Listen, and Learn the first 100 days.
  • Don't make any sudden moves or personnel decisions.

Words That Might Be Discouraging:

  • You have a lot to do in such a short time.
  • You are making more money now – they must expect a lot.
  • What are you afraid of? You already got the job!
  • You are kidding yourself if you think this is going to be fun.
  • Well, you said you wanted a challenge.
  • Results are the only things that matter.

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