First day of work. After the many interviews you have had to endure, you have finally managed to get the managerial chair you so longed for, and you are going to occupy it for the first of an endless series of days.
This, at least, is what you think.
A research carried out by the international consulting firm McKinsey has in fact shown that 50% of the newly hired leaders cannot overcome the moment of corporate transition that inevitably occurs during the insertion phase in a new Company, thus ending up leaving the new job within two years.
The most common mistake in these cases? Remain at the mercy of events and expect the company itself to favor the entry of the leader in the new role, facilitating connections and processes.
Our advice? Take control of your placement in the company, managing the first steps carefully, because, we know, the initial moments are the most delicate to consolidate the foundations of success.
How to do it? Let’s find out together.
1. The importance of “connecting” with everyone
Being connected with those around you and consolidating relationships: here are the first steps to take to facilitate your integration process.
As new hires, in fact, you will initially find yourself dealing only with a limited network of people, especially high-level: an opportunity to forge relationships at the top, but a great disadvantage for your integration.
However, your network can grow rapidly, as long as you do not limit yourself to “connecting” with interest and real commitment only vertically, relating exclusively to the manager you are accountable to or to the company Board.
Also expand horizontally, getting in touch with as many colleagues as possible: only in this way will you have the opportunity to appreciate all the different souls that make up the company, making yourself known and discovering important implications and unexpected events of your new Company.
If your role is of a commercial or relational nature, then, you cannot stop at the 4 walls of the building, but you must necessarily also range outside the company, creating connections with partners, suppliers and stakeholders.
How to make a new contact really fruitful? By asking the right questions to uncover strategic information and track down hot topics. You could discover, for example, what are the gaps in the collaboration of the different Business Units or what are the most critical aspects that hinder internal support. Do not forget to “investigate” the preferred methods of communication within the company: favoring the optimal flow of information will help you to make yourself appreciated right away, allowing you to more easily reach the objectives set.
2. Be flexible and make yourself available to the Board
To avoid a false start, it is essential to empathize with your managers.
Whoever has the power to evaluate you can decide on your professional future. And the first impression, you know, is what counts: for this reason, understanding from the first moments what the Bosses expect from you is a must.
The most important Executive Coaches recommend investing in the first month in the company to understand in detail what Executives want and shape themselves according to their needs.
Ask expressly what communication style they like, what are the objectives you need to achieve, what actions do they want you to undertake to support business success and on which KPIs you will be evaluated: by doing so, you will demonstrate all your commitment, showing great professionalism and receiving in return – of course – positive feedback.
4. Achieving the first goals
If you managed to snatch the hiring contract from the Human Resources Director, it is because you were considered the best during the recruitment process.
The first win in your new role.
Another advantage? As a newcomer, you will enjoy an immunity effect for a period, albeit on average short, everyone will recognize you as the newcomer, the talented, the leader has chosen to revive the business.
Enjoy the moment, but don’t sit too much on your laurels: to keep the attention on you and sustain your professional reputation in the company, new achievements are needed, and fast.
Which target to aim for? Do not challenge your luck by choosing the Company’s most ambitious project, such as revolutionizing some inefficient but consolidated processes, or changing the technological platform for the company’s operating systems. In cases like these, bankruptcy is a concrete option.
Rather, choose small tasks, which are fast to perform successfully, which are engaging and stimulating for the team and that have a return economic for the company. In one shot, you will get a positive result in the eyes of your boss, pleasant for your team and favorable for the Board, always attentive to economics.
5. Bring the team to your side
Your team is the greatest treasure you have at your disposal: a mine of knowledge and know-how that can help you achieve great success, but which, if left unresponsive, can also result in a resounding defeat.
Take care immediately to enter in connection with the group of resources who work for you and with you, starting from a first, important though: in front of you, you have a pre-established work team, which already is widely known and is experiencing a professional shock represented by the arrival of the new leader. The questions that worry the team are easily imaginable: “what kind will he be?”, “The new boss is said to be a tough, ruthless one”, “who knows what will become of us”, “what if he sent us away?”. / p>
The first rule, therefore, clear the sky from the black clouds of doubt and instill transparency, with a very clear, empathic and direct style of communication.
To overcome the anxiety that surrounds the team struggling with a new manager, try to immediately win the trust of the people who work with you, through defined tactical moves: share your goals in a clear and enthusiastic way, encourage colleagues to talk and propose ideas, anticipate what are the professional goals you expect from the team as a whole and from individual members in the short and long term. In transferring charge and energy, however, always keep yourself humble and honest about the challenges that worry you: this will help give you a very positive impression, showing the mix of human and professional traits that make you unique.