What about Your 100 Calendar Days?

How did you spend your 100 days? Did you project the future? Did you set the structure for your future delivery? Did you set the direction for your surroundings? Why are these first days in a new job so important?

Just as any President, you get the same 100 days to set the framework for your delivery when you start in a new job. These famous days becomes a reflection of what you will deliver throughout the period you hold the job.

Set the Direction

During these first days it will be your main task to set the structure for your future delivery. You should clearly draw the big lines of your vision and where you want to bring the organisation. You need to create the flow and the spine of your leadership.

In the big picture, architecture is the art and science of making sure that our cities and buildings fit with the way we want to live our lives – Bjarke Ingels

Make sure you define who you want to be as a leader. You need to embrace and take your role. Nobody will give it to you. You need to set the expectations for yourself and for your surroundings.

High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation – Charles Kettering

Defining the process flow and adapting the structure to the future is one of your main tasks. Include your people. Make it a teamwork session. Make sure you communicate clearly to create a common comfort zone.

Respect your Predecessors and Previous Achievements

Respect and acknowledge history. Listen. Do not set aside everything that has been done before. Be aware that some employees arrived before you and that they have an extensive competency about the way the company works.

Great leaders help their people see how they can directly impact the company’s objectives and their own personal goals – Chip Conley

You need to show the wholeness. Make people understand why each person is an important part of the puzzle you’re about to create. Be a leader “on tour” and discuss with your employees. Get input on what they want to preserve and what they expect from you. If you are in a bigger company, make sure you participate to department meetings.

The best way to predict the future is to create it – Peter Drucker

Your mission is to create trust, produce a sense of belonging and building respect to move your organisation into the future.

Prepare for the Future

Spending time together with your team is the task that should be first on your priority list. More than once I have experienced being fully booked with daily tasks two weeks after starting in a new job…. hence you need to focus your time on those who are your team players and whom you should motivate to create results.

At one point I took on a new job, and I just didn’t have time to do anything but work – Sharon Olds

This also requires that you spend some time upfront thinking about what kind of leader you want to be, how you will motivate people, how you will make decisions, what are your qualities in this job, what should be your focus area and what you should delegate.

Be ready the day it starts. An excellent suggestion is to have a teambuilding with yourself upfront to prepare for your new job. This would ensure you do not get into the nitty gritty before getting the total overview.

…and last, but not least, make sure you enjoy these first 100 days. Your enthusiasm is contagious and will enable you and your team to fulfil your vision together.

I still get the jitters every time I start a new job! I love it – makes you feel alive – Camille Guaty

Good luck with shaping your future!


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