Most companies don’t have a productive onboarding process.
Do you agree? As an executive coach, I’ve seen up close the varied onboarding processes that companies have in place and I’ve decided to develop a coaching program to support my clients in their first 100 days. I always tell them "Don't wait for your employer to guide you when you start a new job. Own your onboarding process. Own your career." Here is a proven framework to create a strong impact in the first 100 days, a unique window of opportunity to set yourself up for success.
1. Prepare Your Pitch
What do you want people to say about you when you are not in the room? This is your personal brand!
Build a structured pitch
Present: Who you are
Past: What you have achieved
Future: Share your vision and enthusiasm
2. Visualize Your Success
Ask yourself: What is your vision for your role? What would you like to achieve? How can you overcome obstacles?
Visualize your success like athletes do: Create a mental imagery of your achievements in 1 month, 6 months, 1 year. Great technique to overcome impostor syndrome!
3. Map Your Stakeholders: Ask yourself
Who are your key stakeholders?
Who are your potential allies?
Who sets the tone in the office?
What are the circles of influence?
Look beyond the org chart, draw a map
List 10 names and schedule meetings
4. Form Alliances
Schedule 1-on-1 meetings
Identify their strengths and drivers
Identify their pain points – empathize
Identify how you can help them
Listen more than you speak. Absorb the culture. Set the groundwork for win-win relationships. You can go a long way when you know people’s strengths and drivers.
5. Write a Fresh-Eye Report
Note all your first impressions in a report
What surprises you?
What is efficient?
What is dysfunctional?
Share your fresh perspective
Bring in new ideas
6. Secure Quick-Wins
Identify early wins
Identify symbolic changes
Create a momentum
Circle back with your key stakeholders
Share plans & recommendations: Start doing - Stop doing - Continue doing
What technique has helped you succeed in your roles? Share with us!