When Your Friend Becomes Your Boss

Here are some handy pointers (and a couple case studies) on how to handle that moment when your buddy becomes your boss by the author of the HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict at Work, Amy Gallo.

Do:

  • Openly acknowledge that your former peer is now in charge and you intend to work well with her
  • Put yourself in his shoes and try to figure out what will help him be successful
  • Set yourself apart by being willing to share concerns and deliver bad news

Don’t:

  • Assume that your relationship won’t change. It will — and should.
  • Expect that you will get special treatment because you’ve worked with the boss before
  • Kiss up. Many people do, but your new boss will be wary of such behaviour.

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