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Thoughts on Leadership

Success in a New Role or Job


When you start a new job or new role, the first 90-100 days are critical for success.

According to the Society for Human Resources, 25% of USA workers are currently in some type of a career transition. 50% of senior level hires from the outside fail within the first 18 months.

When I was hired to an executive level position in a 5000 person organization, I was asked to lead 7 direct reports and 45 staff in my division.

A wise friend talked to me about the first 90 days dynamic. He helped me put together a plan which I executed with precision and got great results.

The hope was that I could be a net contributor to the organization in the first 90 days rather than waiting for the traditional expectation of “give him a year to get up to speed.”

Rather than putting out fires from day one, this plan allowed me to focus on the most important areas of leadership first.

Whether you are being on-boarded or you are on-boarding new employees, you want to get this transition right.

Benefits of being a success in a new role:

  • You can make a great impression in your new job or role.
  • You can accelerate your awareness of the culture and politics of your new organization to avoid crucial errors.
  • You will lay a foundation to get results faster.
  • You can accelerate new employees to become a net contributor sooner.

There are 9 important coaching areas which can help you develop and execute a solid plan to be a success in a new role. Here are 3 of them with some powerful questions to consider and discuss.

1. Help your Boss Win

Goal: Understanding the manager’s criteria for success will help you succeed also.

  • What are your manager’s professional and personal aspirations?
  • What is your manger’s communication style?
  • What are the key ways to help your manager be successful?
  • How often does your manager want updates?

2. Align with Key Players

Goal: Learn who the power players are and align with them; avoid those who are not seen as “winners.”

  • Who are the stars in the organization?
  • Who holds formal and informal power?
  • Who is leading the “hot” projects, teams, or groups?
  • For each key player, list their motivations, communication style, what they value, value you can bring them, and how you can build the relationship.

3. Create your Development Plan to Succeed

Goal: Develop a plan for success in the first months of the role; keep improving and getting better.

  • What are your goals and time frame for completion?
  • In order to achieve these goals, describe the “what," "by when" and "measure of success.”
  • Development areas to consider: on the job experience, mentors, training, coaching, self-study, new behaviors, and new attitudes.

What positive benefits could you experience as you achieve success in your new role?

Book recommendations: What Got You Here Won’t Get you There by Marshall Goldsmith; The First 90 Days by Michael D. Watkins


CareerCharles Hooper, Jr.