By Michael VanBruaene, Big4.com 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
- 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. http://www.advancingyourorganization.com/?p=1518
And how can I help you to improve? Michael VanBruaene firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael VanBruaene was a KPMG Director and blogs at AdvancingYourOrganization – Performance Improvement Services (www.AdvancingYourOrganization.com)