321...Go: managing transitions at work

You got promoted and you are starting your new role with a lot of enthusiasm. You are able and driven, as all your colleagues and managers in the C-Executive Suite.

Wait...pause and breathe for a minute. You might underestimate many aspects of your new leadership role. This article is the first one of a series of 10 articles and/or videos regarding managing transitions at work.

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail
  1. Observe carefully in general for the first three months the organizational culture: verbal and non verbal interaction, who are the formal and informal leaders, the key stakeholders, accepted and non accepted behaviors, team interactions, etc.

  2. Prepare your communications and meeting with the other executives (on top of starting your strategy and action plan): you need to establish new communications channels for communicating your strategic vision across the organization.

  3. Exhibit the right presence : you are now on the spotlight. Get an early fix on what is expecting from you. How does a leader act in your current organization? What kind of personal leadership brand do you want to have?

  4. Have THE conversation with your boss on the first week. Here are sample questions to ask him:

  • What will constitute a success for you?

  • When do you expect to see results?

  • How would you measure success?

  • What is the time frame?

  • If we succeed what is next?

  • How do you prefer to interact with me?

  • What are your modes of communication? (in person, phone, email, voicemail, social media)

  • How often should we interact?

  • How much detail should I provide to you?

Source : The first 90 days, Proven strategies for getting up to speed faster and smarter, Michael D. Watkins.

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