40% of new leaders fail in their first 18 months in a new role. Generally that’s because of poor fit, poor delivery or poor adjustment to changes down the road. Manage this by paying more attention to the basics of executive onboarding and responding appropriately to the early warning signs at three critical stages:
I) From Before First Contact Through Accepted Offer – Warning Signs:
II) Fuzzy Front End Between Acceptance And Start – Warning Signs:
III) Day 1 And Early Days – Warning Signs:
Organizational Executive Onboarding Basics
For the boss and the organization thinking in terms of aligning, acquiring, accommodating, assimilating and accelerating new leaders can go a long way.
New Leader Executive Onboarding Basics
As a new leader, get a head start; manage the message; set direction; build the team; sustain momentum; deliver results.
1. Get a head start. Accelerate progress by getting a head start and hitting the ground running. Preparation in the days and weeks leading up to Day One breeds confidence; and a little early momentum goes a long way.
2. Manage the message. Everything communicates. Choose and guide what others see and hear, and when they see and hear it, rather than letting happenstance or others make those choices for you. Start this process with your current best thinking before Day One and adjust steadfastly as you go along.
3. Set direction. Build the team. The first 100 days is the best time to put in place the basic building blocks of a cohesive, high-performing team. Create the organization’s imperative with the support and buy-in of your team. As a team leader, your own success is inextricably linked to the success of the team as a whole.
4. Sustain momentum. Deliver results. While the first 100 days are a sprint to jump-start communication, team building and core practices, it’s all for naught if you then sit back and watch things happen. Evolve your leadership, practices and culture to keep fueling the fires you sparked and deliver ongoing results.
Responding To Warning Signs
Step one is to notice the warning signs. Hopefully this article will help you see them.
Then triage the situation:
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