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Sunday, March 20, 2011

100-Day Action Plan: Post #6 - Day 1

Take control of Day One. The first day counts more than all the rest. In some cases it’s not quite a make-or-break day, but it sends a powerful message that can substantially extend or shorten your tenure. People are on pins and needles trying to figure out whether you will be a threat or a help to them. Be careful not to turn people off. The authors provide an excellent list of what NOT to do—like spending too much time on the phone or having lunch with old buddies. This is the time to see and be seen by the new team. Check out pp. 130-132 for a great checklist. Also, pay close attention to the new manager’s assimilation session which can cut out a lot of long term pain. Read p. 132 with great care.

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