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A New Leader's 30-60-90-Day Plan

Newly hired leaders are tasked with the impossible: learning their new role and building relationships with their employees all while finding success along the way. Trying to achieve this goal can be overwhelming but it can be done, according to one management expert.

"Whether the leader is brand new to leadership, or new to their team, or is a seasoned leader in a new company, the ability to quickly establish change can make or break the leader as well as their teams, and possibly the organization," writes Paul Larue for Lead Change Group. "In our faster world, you'll need to set up a way to hit the foundational touch-points both quickly and solidly."

Larue recommends adopting a 30-60-90-day plan that allows a leader to shift their focus over 90 days to reach that level of comfort with their new position.

Days 0-30. At the beginning of your new role, it is important to connect with as many people in your organization as possible while learning the culture of the workplace, writes Larue. "You want to find out who your people are, what strengths they bring to the team and how aligned they are with the company culture," he adds. This plays into your understanding and promotion of the organization's greater vision and mission.

Days 30-60. "As you are laying the foundation of culture among your people, you'll be seeing how things operate and looking for ways to execute flawlessly," Larue writes. Now is the time to focus on training, improving and simplifying processes and other efficiencies that will improve your brand. "Brands are built internally first, by insuring the business model and daily operations support the culture and effectively serve your clients and customers," he adds.

Days 60-90. With an understanding of your team and organization, and with a strong foundation of brand and processes, it is time to plan strategically. This means planning for marketing and growth opportunities, writes Larue. "You can find new methods to increase top-line revenue and control your costs that will allow the organization to fund new initiatives, hire more people and impact more customers," he adds.

This article is from the Advancement Weekly, August 15, 2016 issue.

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