A great article here from Jeanne DeWitt, a former director at Google. One of the scariest and most daunting career moments for anyone in business is the move into a senior position. Like bringing a baby home for the first time you feel you haven’t been taught what to do – sometimes you feel you’re making it up as you go along, having to trust your instincts!
At Spring several of our collaborative team have extensive experience in not only making the change themselves but also coaching new managers and leaders as they make the transition – and I mean into leadership not having a baby! Corine Hines, Nick Shaw, Ann Sherington and Geraldine McCullagh – all of them can help, and of course so can I. However, just to get you started is a great article from Jeanne.
In the first 30 days good leaders:
‘Be as open and transparent about what you’re thinking as quickly as possible’
‘I make a rule that about 50 percent of the words coming out of my mouth should end with a question mark’’
Figure out what people really want to do:
‘Meet with all of your direct reports for at least an hour within your first week. Ask them about what they really enjoy doing and what they aspire to be doing’
Get their hands dirty.
‘Spend time doing the work that your team actually does. Not only does this help establish you as someone who leads by example, but you also learn first-hand about all of the different challenges that people experience every day’
‘Once you have a good lay of the land, explicitly lay out your vision and then plan to start moving toward it’
Check out the whole article yourself – some really sound advice. Share your experiences with us if you like, or make contact to see what we might be able to do to help.