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Getting A Good Start As A New Manager – Your First 90 Days

By Michael VanBruaene, Guest Blogger

As you commence your new managerial position it’s important that you quickly develop an understanding of your department/functional area’s operations.  You want to know its processes, strengths, weaknesses, culture and employees; also key peers within the overall organization, and key external entities and stakeholders.  You also want to develop a good rapport with, and understanding of, the person(s) to whom you report.

Going into the position you should have a game plan for developing this understanding of your department so that within 60 – 90 days, maybe sooner, you can start correcting some problems and/or improving certain operations.  You do not need to correct all problems or improve operations in a comprehensive way in the first few months in the position; however by then you should be in a position to make improvements.

Below are important elements of your first 90 days in the position.

  • Effective Meetings With Your Boss
  • Meet With Your Predecessor
  • Effective Meetings With Key Staff
  • Meet With Key Peers
  • Documents/Information Review
  • Information You Need
  • Personnel Qualifications
  • Organization Structure
  • Financial
  • Employee Accountability
  • Regulatory and  Compliance
  • Your Personal Agenda
  • Key Messages To Staff
  • Regular Staff  Meetings
  • Walk Around, Be Visible, Say Hello

Go to this link for detailed information under each of these elements.

And how can I help you to improve? Michael VanBruaene

Michael VanBruaene was a KPMG Director and blogs at AdvancingYourOrganization – Performance Improvement Services (


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