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LinkedIn: What tips would you give to someone assuming a new executive position in their first 100 days?

September 25, 2014
Borderless Leadership

“The first thing you need to do is develop your lines of communication. You need to find the line you need open and find out what those lines need and want.

Second, don’t be in a hurry to change anything. Unless this is a new position in the company or your predecessor had done some things that are causing immediate problems, you need to look, observe, and discover what’s working and what’s not.

Part of getting the communication lines open would be to find out from your own team what they need and want from you in order to succeed.

Finally, figure out how to empower or encourage whats working and do more of it. Find out what isn’t working and stop doing it or replace it with something better.

I hope that helps.”

18 februari 2011 geplaatst
Jason Currill
CEO – Ospero

Sync objectives in terms of 30, 60,100 days with Senior Leadership team understand and agree your objectives
Get to know your direct reports ASAP,
– ask for “state of the nation” presentations
– list their top 5 business issues
– ask for proposed solutions to these issues
– Prioritize issues
– Hunt for quick wins with maximum business impact
– Communicate change openly
– Review last performance plans of direct reports
– Are they hitting/exceeding their objectives?
– Implement support strategy
– Contingency planning around human capital
– Present back progress regularly with Leadership team
– Network with peer group across the organization
– If customer facing get to meet your top 5 customers and or partners

18 februari 2011
Faisal Siddiqui
Manager – Human Resources at Tangence Inc.

From an HR’s perspective I would suggest the following,

1. Understand the expectations of the all stakeholders inolved (the management, subordinates, employees etc.) inorder to execute your duties efficiently.
2. Observe and understand the state of affairs and identify the grey areas.
3. Get to know you immediate reportees/subordinate.
4. Get accepted; to have people accept your decision, its important they accept you as their leader.
5. Make gradual changes unless critical.
6. Ask questions, its OK for leaders to ask question as you are new people don’t expect you to know everything.
7. Show that you care. At executive management position the decision that you make effect people around so it’s important that you let them know that you care.

This should sail the new bee though.


18 februari 2011
Linda Fergusson
Personal Life Coach at Linda Fergusson Personal Life Coach

Don’t expect to know everything right away. Accept the learning curve. You will retain the information you need in time.
Don’t be too hard on yourself you learn from your mistakes, as does everyone.
Expect greatness from yourself and others, be gracious and forgiving.

18 februari 2011
Brian C.
Independent Writing and Editing Professional

Ask. Listen. Learn.

But remember. Why were you hired? What are you expected to solve?
19 februari 2011 geplaatst |
Wallace Jackson
Multimedia Producer, i3D Programmer, Acrobat 3D PDF, Android App, Virtual World &iTV Design, Kindle, Nook & Sony eBooks

Don’t get mired in Office Politics. Do 200% of what is expected of you. Lie Low!
19 februari 2011
Giorgio Migliaccio
Success Coach | Business Coach | Creating Career Success | Improve Productivity Increase Profits | Executive | Career

Agree with what has already been said.

Additionally, the first thing I would have them do is read “The First 90 Days” by Michael Watkins, great read about reducing the time it takes to become a net contributor to the organisation which will increase your ROI.

Build a culture of collaboration, take plenty of time to listen and connect with your team and staff, also empower and create opportunities for others to lead – distributed leadership can be a wonderful thing.

I personally like the “Stop, Start, Continue’ strategy – stop the things that aren’t working, continue the things that are, and start things that aren’t being done that you should try.

Above all though, they should model the behaviour they expect of their team/staff.
20 februari 2011
Jonathan Hobday
GM EMEA – Astea

Be sure the role is right for you, and then the 100 day plan should come naturally.

20 februari 2011
Mike Pilcher
President & COO, SAND

Sit with your team
Talk to prospects
Talk to customers
Talk to unhappy customers
Talk to the team members who aren’t in front of you
Ask the questions you know you’re avoiding
Give the answers you know others are avoiding
Listen to the answers and the questions no-one asked of you

20 februari 2011
Robin R. Robbins
President/Executive Business Management Consultant at RRR Consulting & Publishing

Seek first to understand, then be understood. (Steven Covey)
Remember the ‘Golden Rule’ – treat others as you would like to be treated.
Get to know your fellow employees, piers etc. and seek to genuinely care about them.
Encourage employee involvement, ask for input, solution strategies, and incorporate their involvement.
Seek win/win strategies throughout.
Listen, and encourage.
Once you build mutual trust in employment relationships – the rest is easy.

Source: LinkedIn

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