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Dividing your initial 100 days at the new job in 3 phases – “People”, “Strategy” & “Results”

You’ve overcome all hurdles, got the new job, Congratulations! Now you have 100 days to make a great impression. Divide your initial 100 days in three phases and focus on “people”, “strategy” and “results”.

The first 100 days are the most crucial days of your job. During this short probation period, you need to make yourself accepted by earning the respect and trust of your team and other important co-workers. And of course it goes without saying: when you take on this new role, you will come across a lot of new challenges and you’ll need to cope with them quickly. During these days you are sure to be emotionally charged with your mood swinging between high confidence and deep self-doubt.

People, Strategy and Results

You not only need to be seen surviving the job, but being great at it as well. “People”, “Strategy” and “Results” are the three core areas for effective management and the first benchmarks people will use to judge your performance.

When it comes to “People,” you have to make sure that your team is performing and that you can rely on them. For “Strategy,” it’s your role to set a clear direction. And, you are expected to deliver meaningful “Results.”

Building trust with your team

Most importantly, you are now responsible for the work of your team. It should be your top priority to earn trust, build loyalty and stimulate team and individual performance. Building clear communication rules at the beginning and strengthening this framework will improve your status and provide your team members with the confidence to move forward in their work. It’s also important to establish a reciprocal means of communication. Giving feedback, setting goals, and exchanging ideas will get things moving forward and strengthen your team. Focus on inspiring cooperation between team members in order to achieve better results.

Be a strong communicator

Establishing effective relationships is one of your critical success factors in this early period. So don’t focus solely on communicating with your team; communicate with people in all levels of the organisation. Introduce yourself to other managers and listen to their advice. This extra step will make it easier for you to convey your team’s needs and will also allow your team to communicate more effectively inside your organisation.


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