Niamh O’Keefe’s very practical book acts as a coach to guide you through your first 100 days of a new Leadership position. However the book is like a manual that you could pick up at anytime and start a new 100 day plan it does not have to be a new job.
The book is how to have:-
- 100 day timeline
- 100 minute read
- 100% practical
The first chapter asks how you think before starting:-
- You – list your strengths
- Role – what are the expected deliverables?
- Organisation – overall vision of the company
- Market – who are your competitors? what is your position in the market?
Before you start a new position there is an emotional release from the old, and good to recognise what that is before launching into a new role. Be prepared to have a good energy bank take care of your mind and body, have a break before you start the new role. The book provides templates of how you can send a pre-start announcement to your new team.
To write your first 100 day plan, break into 4 areas and each one will need outcomes:-
- On person – transition maker, unique contributor
- On role – content learner, business achiever, team builder & communication planner
- On Organisation – relationship builder, value adder & cultural navigator
- On market – market player
There are 10 areas and each need an outcome, from those break them into milestones what will you need to achieve by when…
Most importantly show up as a Leader, by providing a clear direction (vision), bring people together and deliver results. Use your newness as an advantage what do you see with your “Fresh Eyes”.
By 30 days you should have begun to see the characteristics of a high performing team evolving. You have also identified the critical success factors to take you to 30 – 60 days.
During the next phase seek feedback from your stakeholders as to how you are progressing. Get the team to work harder, and learn to sit with discomfort at times. Keep updating your plan and bonding with new people.
The last milestone is 90 days when you only have 10 days left, you need to close out the plan and celebrate. Thinking beyond the 100 days, you have been in a sprint it will now be a marathon going forward, a more gradual pace but keep an eye on your continued effectiveness.
For a more in depth book review please join the nuggets bookclub this Friday 24th June @ 10.00am – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nuggets-bookclub-tickets-333571219497