Setting out your first 100 days
In this extract from Your First 100 Days, Niamh O’Keeffe explains how to approach those first crucial days.
You can make a fanfare of your first 100 days action plan as soon as you arrive, but my advice is not to do that. Instead, it’s best to arrive and ground yourself in the role for 5 to 10 days to check what the experience is like on arrival, and to confirm and make any final tweaks to the plan.
For example, you may not yet have met all the stakeholders, so your plan may not have included all stakeholder expectations. On arrival, I recommend the following steps:
- Check/reconfirm priorities with your boss and key stakeholders, and their expectations of you
- Meet your direct report team, and get up to speed on their issues
- Physically go into the building and organisation to get your own sense of the place
- Finalise your First 100 days plan.
Whether or not to communicate your plan to all role stakeholders is up to you. I recommend that you share it fully with your boss but, after that, you may choose tactically how much of the plan to share, and who with, depending on what is appropriate to your context.
How you communicate your plan is another matter. While it was useful for you to construct your plan on paper, in terms of communication to others you may wish to avail yourself of the full suite of communication architecture available: for example, in person, roadshows, town halls, podcast, blogs, email or position paper.