New second tier top level manager?
So you’re the new second tier top level manager at work? The custom is to give you one hundred days before slamming down on your achievements at work. You’re desperate to spend these one hundred days wisely. But you’re also stressed by a tight introduction schedule. There are tons of people to meet, shake hand and exchange stories with and evaluate their future contribution to your success. So the time left over for strategic thinking is limited.
To help you spend your time wisely I have put together some advice on some important things to cover during your first hundred days at work. It is a summary of questions or things to investigate during your first period and is an aggregation of my experiences when starting a new management employment. Maybe they help you to a successful introduction at your new job and a prosperous future as the most successful recruitment ever. The answers to each bullet will hopefully guide you in how to act, behave and drive your most important questions in a successful manner. Remember that these questions and bullets are my personal experience and reflections. They aren’t a magic formula of success and may not apply everywhere. Nothing of it is rocket science. Take them as a kindly given experiences to help you succeed.
My list comes here:
- Identify formal and informal leaders. Create a relations schema. Who knows who and who bosses who. Will help you to find your decision path.
- Find your liaisons to get your will through, when you want to create change. Who seems to have equal views as you and who has an opposing stand point. Are there people dodging for a standpoint? Pay special attention to these, since they may be lurking in the woods as well as becoming your best allies. You should try to get a feeling on which side of your fence they are.
- Which are big no-no’s in your new organization? If you have gotten an employment within a larger organization you will probably meet a lot of policies and rules. Make sure that you understand which of them that are pillars of the organization and which that are less guiding. You don’t want to start by attacking the pillars. You will be out in the streets before you can say “Google this!”.
- Which are the formal structures, processes and checklists that your company uses today? And find the lack of structure as well. A nice start is to find improvement areas to take responsibility for, possible to make a successful delivery upon.
- What is the mental status of the organization? Do they seem happy? Frustrated? Find out why in each situation? What may be your contribution to a better working environment? If you make people enjoy their work and make their day a little bit funnier, they will stand up for you any time.
- What cultural values have been grown in the organization and how well established are they? Is the culture you see the culture of the whole company? Is it a culture that you can stand for? If not, what can you do about it?
- How does tier one level top management act as a group? As individuals or group? Are there open fights or do they show an openness to sincere feedback from employees as well as fellow managers?
- What is the support for tier one level management in the rest of the company? Do they get support or is it a management team that no one cares for? Are they visible “on the floor”. Do people know the names of the management team?
- Are they working towards S.M.A.R.T. targets and objectives? Are targets for the company, division or group unanimous, accepted and relevant? Are there project processes and methods in place? Is there an open and understandable decision-making process?
- Is the company statements relevant? Have you had the time to reflect on the mission statement, company objectives and targets and the business idea? Does your fellow employees know about them and stand up for them? What about company values? Are they relevant and lived by, or just nice words on a web page?
- What is your actual work description? Is it coherent with what you where told during the job interviews? What is your actual degree of freedom? Have you got the mandate to make the decisions needed to make your part of the company successful?
This is a summary of questions you should ask yourself during the interview period as well as during the introduction period. There are of course others as well. Write a diary of impressions and questions where you try to reflect on the today’s impressions. This will help you sleep at night and be a good help when you try to get a retrospect of your first time in your new company and help you identify critical issues to deal with and how to deal with them.
Remember, it’s all in the network you build! It’s never down to university grades. If you don’t get the right friends in the organization you will have a hard or at least harder time getting your will through. No matter which university degrees you can show evidence of.