First a bit of a background:
The company I work for recently transitioned to a new ERP. This took about four years to go live with and we finally did so a few months ago.
During this time, it was realized that the company never really had an IT department, but rather 3 programmers to run the system. As the transition took place, the decision was made to let two of the programmers go, while leaving one (me) to hold the fort down while we went live with the new system.
When we finally went live, the decision was made to actually hire most of the third party team we had hired to transition as part of finally creating a proper internal IT Department. This includes the previous boss, who we will call John, (who is an amazing asset) of the third party provider. I, as the programmer who has been around the longest, have been appointed head of the IT Department.
Now for my problem:
John is the one that the other two employees have been reporting to for the past year and a half. They continue to report to him even though he is no longer their boss and I am. John himself is extremely ego-free in this situation and wants me to be the boss. Even more, he wants to help me gain recognition throughout the company and within the IT dept., but the other two employees still by nature go through him.
Another thing to throw in is that John actually wants me to succeed. He has been a team manager for a while and is amazing at it, while I have only started now. We have had an amazing working relationship for the past few years and now, even though I'm technically his boss, he even gives advice on how to communicate with 'his' guys. An example is that a few days ago, I was going to send an email to the team with some updates to our schedule. I ran it past him and he made some critiques. I appreciated his input and changed the entire focus and tone of the email to reflect what he explained to me.
So my question is:
How do I get these two other employees to report to me as opposed to John?