Life In Lower Level Management – Being taken seriously by not taking yourself too seriously

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When you step into your new role of running a team (whatever the size) it is always a top priority to be taken seriously – for me atleast. Whether this is by your boss, your peers or by your new team. But there is a fine line between appearing to know what you are doing, and actually knowing what you are doing.

You want people to behave and perform as instructed, but this is easier said than done. Of course you want there to be some measurable results right away, you need to reassure whoever hired you that it was the right choice. But be cautious of your approach in this. You may be tempted to ‘lay down the law’ with your team by implementing high targets that come with bad consequences if missed.

This is a mistake.

If you want to be taken seriously and see some sustainable improvement with your teams performance you have to be patient.

The first few days, weeks and months of your role are all about patience. Take some time to get to know your team members individually. What are their strengths and weaknesses? What are their likes and dislikes? You have to tailor their targets based on their capability and learning style.

This is a slow process, but it is worth it.

Your team will see your genuine interest and understand the time you have invested in them. You are more likely to be taken seriously if you share the same end goal and work on it together.

Of course, getting results takes a lot more than patience. You need good communication, approach-ability, good team building and so much more. But for now lets focus on being taken seriously and the patience that comes with it. I will touch on all of these other points in future posts.

As author Charles W Chesnutt said, “We sometimes underestimate the influence of little things”






Hello and welcome to the new #YoungWomanBigDreams blog.

There has been many things over the years that I wanted to write about, but I never really allowed myself the time. My blog originally started out on Google’s Blogger site, with the topic of ‘Life in Lower Level Management’. You can see the original here . Although I will move this content over to my new site.

There is so much more that I want to write about and so the new and improved blog is born.


Love #YoungWomanBigDreams

The BIG Travel Blog, BIG Introduction

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Three years ago my boyfriend of 3 months took me to New York for my 19th birthday (I know right!). Since then I have been O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D with travel.

I am by no means a travel expert but I have managed to squeeze in 9 different trips since then, with my 10th coming up next week!

I have decided to start this BIG Travel Blog as a guide to where I have been and what I have learnt. Perfect for first time travelers unsure of where to start or travel veterans looking for their next trip!

You will be able to tell from my other posts that I have quite a few interests (or dreams as I call them), from fitness to career. I’ll probably gain many more throughout the years but who said that you should limit your interests? If my blog can motivate or help just one person to follow their personal goals and dreams then I would class that as a job well done!

So if you have an interest in travel or like the idea of it but aren’t too sure where to go or what to do, then this may be a good place for you to start.

My first post is going to be about my trip to Iceland next week so subscribe or follow our social media if you’re interested.

I look forward to travelling with you.



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A quick BIG Fitness introduction

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So you can probably tell by now that I have quite a few interests. One that I wish I focussed more on was my fitness and health. It is sometimes hard to fit it in to my daily routine but it is still a passion of mine.

I am not a fitness expert, but I do have a bit of experience with it in general. I actually liked P.E in school and even joined in with some of the after school sports teams. I got back into fitness about a year or two after leaving school, when I started long distance running.

I have found exercise to be an excellent tool to treat my mental health and have gone through stages of struggling with motivation to being completely obsessed. I was recently able to find the balance and cannot talk enough about how it has positively impacted my life.

I thought I would create the ‘Big Fitness Blog’ to talk about my experiences and show people that you don’t have to live/eat/breath exercise to enjoy it and to also show how fitness can help your mental health.

Keep an eye out for my first ‘Big Fitness’ post where I talk about training for my first ever 10km run.




BIG Dreams Photography – My First Camera

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When I was about 6 or 7 years old my dad gave me a little black camera. I can’t remember the exact model, it was something similar to a Nikon Nice Touch 35mm. For about a year or so I was really devoted to carrying around this camera and taking pictures of literally everything.

I had about thirty 35mm films that needed to be developed. These sat on a shelf and gathered dust until a few years ago when I took them all to Boots so I could finally view my childhood masterpieces.

Alas, about 90% of them where poorly lit, blurred, or my finger was covering the lens or flash. The photos that were salvagable fell into one of 3 catagories; my cat Sootz, my twin brother or my garden. Or on occasion all 3!

I had actually forgotton about this year long obsession that I had experienced until I was in my final year of college – where I was studying photography!

And with that we reach a full circle.

I don’t really practise photography much anymore since leaving college and gaining so many other commitments, but I still enjoy taking my trusted Nikon D3100 out on adventures with me.

So if you want to read about my on-again-off-again relationship with photography and see some fairly average photographs or want to get into photography and would like some tips, feel free to subscribe or follow my social media.




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Life In Lower Level Management – An introduction and a reality check

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There are several things that had peaked my interests in recent years. One of them being my enthusiasm for personal success.

After progressing up from a part time office role (and first ‘real’ job) I have spent over a year running a team of 12, in my first ever management role.

Recently I decided that a needed to branch out on my skill set, as my ever itchy feet indicated that there may be a dead end to my progression from here.

I started to work alongside an apprenticeship agency. Whilst interviewing I was hit with a harsh reality check. A role in ‘lower level management’ is not as impressive to my peers as I had first thought.

This couldn’t possibly be true.. could it?

After much thought, I came to the conclusion that there is no guide book to talk you through the steps of running a team if you’ve never done it before. When a person falls into their first rung management roll, whether through luck or hard work, it is very much a whirlwind of trial and error.

Yes, very well done to you. You’ve jumped through the hoops that have been set out. You have hit your targets and gained a little respect around the office. A role became available and you’ve aced the interview. The job is yours!

Now what?

I hope this blog will be of some comfort or support to people in this position.

Keep reading my posts to see what to do when you reach the ‘now what?’ stage and how to survive life in lower level management.