Ensure a Successful Start In Your New Position
Starting a new position requires hitting the ground running, making an immediate good first impression, fitting in to an unfamiliar culture, building strong relationships with all your constituents, and getting immediate results. It’s not surprising that most people find this a daunting and stressful challenge. By using a coach to guide you through the first 90 days, it is possible to excel during this critical period, accelerate your contribution, and begin to build a strong, long-term foundation for career success in your new organization.
On-boarding coaching focuses on establishing solid relations and successfully managing in six directions: managing up to those above you in the organization, managing across to your peers, managing down to your team, managing outside to your profession and industry, managing inside yourself, with stress management and work/life balance, and most importantly, managing results. Each coaching session we look back since our last meeting for progress and lessons learned, we discuss current challenges, and we look forward to upcoming events and situations that may need attention.
The goal of the coaching engagement is to quickly align with your manager, peers and direct reports, and achieve early successes in your first 90 days. An executive career coach will keep you focused on the most important priorities and provide advice and insight.
Components of the coaching engagement include:
- Clarifying your short and longer-term goals and priorities with your manager, and identifying some quick wins;
- Addressing current and potential business challenges, and how to best approach these challenges;
- Regular one-on-one coaching sessions. The frequency and duration of these sessions will be determined by you, but usually include 2 meetings monthly.
The part of the coaching that was most valuable to me was the objective feedback about what I might be choosing to do that would be sub-optimal. For example, when I wanted to work on strategy issues with my team members when it was more urgent for me to help the company meet the numbers. The specific coaching around how to handle relations with a boss whose style differs from my style has made a world of difference." - Ken Kingery, Founder and Director of Sales, Mosaic Corporation