Quoting the fundamental principles of Michael Watkins book “The First 90 Days” on a new job or position for my future references.
This means making amental break from your old job and preparing to take charge in the new one. Perhaps the biggest pitfall you face is assuming that what has made you successful to this point will continute to do so. THe dangers of sticking with what you know, working extremely hard at doing it, and failing miserably are very real.
Accelerate your learning.
You need to climb the learning curve as fast as you can in your new oganization. This means understanding its markets, products, technologies, systems, and structures, as well as its culture and politics. Learning about a new organization can feel like drinking from a fire hose. You must be systematic and focused about deciding what you need to learn and how you will learn it most efficiently.
Match your strategy to the situation.
Different types of situations require you to make significant adjustments in how you plan for and execute your transition. Start-ups, for instantce - of a new product, process, plant, or business - present challenges quite different from those you would face while turning around a product, process, or plant in serious trouble. A clear diagnossi of the situation is an essential prerequisite for developing your action plan.
Secure early wins.
Early wins build your credibility and create momentum. THey create virtuous cycles that leverage the energy you put into the organization to create a pervasive sense that good things are happening. In the first few weeks, you need to identify opportunities to build personal credibility. In the first 90 days, you need to identify ways to create value and imporve business results that will help you get to the break-even poitn more rapidly.
Because no other single relationship is more important, you need to figure out how to build a productive working relationship with your new boss (or bosses) and manage her expectations. This means carefully planning for a series of critical conversations about the situation, expectations, working style, resources, and your personal development. Crucially, it means developing and gaining consensus on your 90-day plan.
The higher you rise in an organization, the more you must play the role of organizational architect. This means figuring out whether the organization’s strategic direction is sound, bringing its structure into alignment with its strategy, and developing the processes and skill bases necessary to realize your strategic intent.
Build your team.
If you are inheriting a team, you need to evaluate, align, and mobilize tis members. You likely also need to restructure it to etter meet the demands of the situation. Your willingness to make tough early personnel calls and your capacity to select the right people for the right positions are among the most important drivers of success during your transition and beyond. You need to be both systematic and strategic in approaching the team-building challenge.
Your success depends on your ability to influence people outside your direct line of control. Supportive alliances, both internal and external, are necessary if you are to achieve your goals. You therfore should start right away to identify those whose support is essential for your success, and to figure out how to line thme up on your side.
Keep your balance.
In the personal and professional tumult of a transition, you must work hard to maintain your equilibrium and preserve your ability to make good judgments. The risks of losing perspective, becoming isolated, and making bad calls are ever present during transitions. There is much you can do to accelerate your personal transition and to gain more control over your work environment. The right advice-and-counsel network is an indispensable resource.
Finally, you need to help all those in your organization - direct reports, bosses, and peers - accelerate their own transitions. The fact that you’re in transition means they are too. The quicker you can get your new direct reports up to speed, the more you will help your own performance. Beyond that, the potential benefits to the organization of systematically accelerating everyone’s transitions are vast.