Taking Over an Existing Team: Challenges & Strategies


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What is inherited employee syndrome?

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1. Erica was just promoted and has been given her own team. The old team's manager was fired due to poor behavior, and now the team is looking to Erica to bring them together. Which of the options below is the best strategy in this situation?

2. Lori was just promoted to senior manager, which meant she had to leave her team after five years. Mark has been promoted into her position, but Lori's old team really enjoyed her management style. Which of the challenges below would NOT happen in this instance?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

When taking over an existing team in the workplace, there will often be some challenges that will be necessary to face. Quiz yourself on some of those challenges with questions on key areas like an explanation of inherited employee syndrome and the most effective strategy to bring a team together after being promoted to team manager.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You can quiz your knowledge of the following:

  • An unlikely occurrence in the event of a manager leaving a team who really enjoyed her management style
  • Next step in taking over a new team after you've sat down with each member and discussed how to proceed as a successful unit
  • Potential challenge of a new manager taking over a team with which they're familiar

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can accurately define inherited employee syndrome
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the best way of bringing a team together when they're relying on you as their new leader and a challenge associated with taking over a new team that you know very well after their previous manager left to stay at home with their family
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the step that comes after talking with your new team members and addressing the methods and procedures that will be necessary to work together successfully

Additional Learning

You can keep learning about the methods that can help in management transition with the lesson entitled Taking Over an Existing Team: Challenges & Strategies. Here are some of the main concepts you'll be covering:

  • Reasons managers might leave a team
  • Changes to management styles
  • Feedback from employees for a smoother transition
  • Removal of old habits that are no longer effective