Identify who has needs and expectations of you as a supervisor, for example:
- Your partners
- Your program or project manager
- Your employees
- Your supervisor
- Your division
- Berkeley Lab
Prioritize supervisory duties along with your other work based on identified needs and expectations
- Ask your supervisor for guidance in prioritizing supervisory responsibilities and other work.
- Confirm with your supervisor that your own priorities are appropriately aligned with the priorities of your partners.
Build a plan to move work forward
- Determine what actions are needed to efficiently and effectively deliver results.
- Decide which tasks to do first to make early progress and demonstrate follow through.
- Identify which people you’ll need to involve and when and how to involve them.
- Determine what resources or tools are needed and how you will engage or secure them.
- Estimate the amount of time required and critical deadlines.
Validate your plan and update it as needed
- Confirm your plan with all parties involved to ensure they understand and agree to the plan of action and when/how they will be involved.
- Periodically check back in to make sure priorities are still aligned and your plan is still appropriate.
- Revise your plan as needed and communicate updates to those involved.
Work according to your plan
- Keep your plan where you’ll see it every day to keep your focus on priorities and tasks to complete.
- Assess your progress against your plan on a weekly basis:
- Are the action items still needed and in appropriate sequence?
- Do you have the right people involved at the right time to move work forward?
- Do you have sufficient tools and resources to complete the plan?
- Is additional training needed to make progress?
- Have there been unforeseen events that now require you to rethink your plan?
- Modify your plan (e.g., tasks, resources, timeframes) as needed.