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Seven steps to ease the transition from friend to boss

Today’s column in The Globe & Mail’s Leadership Lab series:

How to be the boss when your co-workers are your friends

G&M012314Yup, it’s written by yours truly!

If you’re familiar with Canadian media, then you know that The Globe & Mail is the country’s most respected and widely-circulated national newspaper, printed in six cities from coast to coast across Canada.  So I think you’ll understand why I am SO EXCITED to tell you that I have just become their newest columnist! Starting today and approximately once a month from now on, I will be a contributing author for the Leadership Lab series which focuses on the issues and challenges that leaders and managers face every day.

Today’s column focuses on making the sometimes awkward transition from peer to supervisor, a challenge I know is faced by leaders everywhere.  Please take a couple of minutes to read it, and even if this isn’t a situation you’re personally facing, I hope you’ll pass the link on to your staff and colleagues because, sooner or later, this is an issue that every leader comes up against.

Plus, quite frankly, I’m so tickled pink that I’d love your feedback.  Comment right on the Globe & Mail’s site, or comment here.

Yeah, I am excited! And in case you haven’t figured it out already, this is BIG (for me), and I can’t wait to hear what you think!

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