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How to make the transition from friend to boss

So you got promoted!  But what if the promotion now puts you in charge of people who were formerly your peers and friends?  Awkward?  Or okay?  This is a topic that is on the mind of many.  In fact, one of my regular columns for The Globe & Mail earlier this year focused on the exactly this subject (Seven steps to ease the transition from friend to boss).  And it came up again recently.  Writer Deanne Gage approached me for my advice on an article she penned for the August issue of CPA Magazine*.  To read the advice that I and several other experts offered, access the article:

From Buddy to Boss: The delicate business of managing your former coworkers

And then come on back to the blog and share your experiences and advice with others who find themselves in the same situation.  What did you do to ease the awkwardness of the transition and to maintain a positive and productive working relationship?  Let’s learn from one another. 

* CPA Magazine is published by the Chartered Professional Accountants Canada and has a circulation of over 180,000 to Canada’s most influential and foremost business decision makers.

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