- Lauren Hemphill
You Got The Job - Start Strong!
Congratulations! You earned the new role. Whether you are a seasoned executive or new to leadership, there are a few key things to keep in mind when starting with a new company. There are two popular ideas that had a huge impact on my leadership:
"Your team is a direct reflection of you." This has been quoted by many different people but, the one who brought it to my attention was Brian Tanella. He is a great leader and mentor. Each person operates individually but, you will notice everyone performs at a higher level if their leader is at the top of their game.
In The Effective Executive, Peter Drucker says that most leaders ask, "How can I be successful?" Instead you need to ask, "How can I contribute?"
Most seasoned leaders and executives understand that when you start with a new company you need to spend the first 60-90 days:
Learning about the company (operations, policies, etc...)
Figuring out what the company/team can start, stop, and continue doing to achieve their objectives in the most effective way
Get to know the people and remember what you learn
Focus on one to two things to work on at a time
This will be different depending on the role and company. The main thing to remember is, do not go into a new role pretending you know everything and forcing your ideas onto people. As Patrick Lencioni says, "Be the ideal team player by staying hungry, humble, and smart."