Posted by: Canadian HR Solutions Inc. | June 12, 2011

The First 90 Days

Congratulations on your new job.  Whether this is with your existing employer or a new one, many of the same dynamics come to bear.  No matter what, a change in leadership represents a significant transition for the group.  Much of their reaction depends on how each person relied upon the previous leader and how they feel about his or her departure.

Here are a few things that you can do to speed up the integration period:

1) Don’t make any sudden changes. 

Every leader feels pressured to leave his or her mark on an organization – but too much change too fast can be the source of anxiety for your team.
2) Meet one-on-one with each team member.

Use this meeting to get to know them and what they do.  Ask them what their key frustrations are, and what they need from you to continue to be successful.  Reveal enough about yourself, your leadership style and previous experiences that you have had.  Don’t be afraid to admit some of your vulnerabilities and areas where you will need their help.
3) Have regular team meetings.

4) Rely on the team.

Lean on the team for their expertise and expect them to deliver.  Let them lean on your for support and encouragement.  Many an unmotivated person has been lacking a leader who believes in them.
5) Be clear about your goals.

One of the scariest things for people with new leaders is to try to figure out new expectations.  Take the mystery out of that as soon as you can.

by Caroline Cole, Practice Leader, Canadian HR Solutions, Inc.


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