Make Sure Your First 100 Days Aren’t Your Last
Leadership transitions are some of the toughest challenges people face – professionally and personally. Nearly half of new leaders fail in their first 18 months, often because of crucial mistakes made in the very beginning. According to George Bradt, the first 100 days of a new job, role or assignment are critical. He discusses how to take charge of your onboarding, build or re-build your team, and deliver better results faster while coaching others to do the same – in your first 100 days and throughout your career. The three keys, he says, are to: 1) get a head start; 2) manage the message, and 3) help others deliver.
The New Leader’s Playbook
The complex business world is ever changing – and that makes all of us new leaders all the time, according to George Bradt. Leaders must constantly prove themselves by effectively managing their own transitions, their messages and their teams. Coupling the proven strategies and tools from his book “The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan” with real-world examples drawn from his interviews of numerous executives profiled in his Forbes.com column, Bradt dissects “The New Leader’s Playbook” and discusses the priorities for any leader in his/her first (or next) 100-days:
- Get buy in to the one burning IMPERATIVE.
- Use key MILESTONES to drive team performance.
- Invest in EARLY WINS to build team confidence.
- Get the right people in the right ROLES with the right support.
- Shape the team culture with ongoing COMMUNICATION.
Be a BRAVE Leader
Leadership is about inspiring and enabling others to do their absolute best together in order to realize a meaningful and rewarding shared purpose. Those who do so most effectively are BRAVE leaders, says George Bradt; they pay close attention to their teams’ environment, values, attitudes, relationships and behaviors, and help their teams think through and act on five pivotal questions:
- What impact will you have? (behaviors)
- How will you connect? (relationships)
- How will you win? (attitudes)
- What matters? (values)
- Where will you play? (environment)
Drawing from insights gleaned from his personal experiences as a senior line manager and consultant, and from those leaders he’s interviewed and studied for his weekly Forbes.com column, Bradt explores how leaders rally their followers and drive sustainable success.