What if you only had 3 months left to live?

Blog located in Hiring & Employment, Small Business posted on May 7, 2015

Whether you’re in charge of launching a start-up or sustaining a high-performing unit, the first 90 days must be wisely used. What would you do if you only had 3 months to live? Whether you’ve found a new job or have just been promoted, you have three months to get on top of the job and move forward – or fail.

Let me help you develop a transition acceleration lab that is tailored to your situation.

Your DNA in 3 Steps

  1. Assess your strengths and weaknesses and identify personal vulnerability
  2. Diagnose your situation and understand its challenges and opportunities
  3. Negotiate a productive working relationship with your boss or your team

Answer these questions to help you tailor your 90-day acceleration plan:

  1. What has made you successful so far in your career? Can you succeed in your new position by relying solely on those strengths? If not, what are the critical skills you need to develop?
  2. Are there aspects of your new job that are critical to success but that you prefer not to focus on? Why is that the case? How will you compensate for your potential blind spots?
  3. What do you need to do to ensure that you make the mental leap into the new position? From whom might you seek advice and counsel on this? What other activities might help you do this?

Not a Sink or Swim Approach

Your success or failure rests on your ability to diagnose your situation and identify its characteristic challenges and opportunities. If you don’t understand the demands of the situation, you will underperform or even fail outright. By pinpointing your vulnerabilities, you will be able to take preventative actions. By checking in with yourself, you will see patterns develop, both in the nature of the problems you face as well as in your reactions to them.

Whether you are in charge of launching a start-up or transitioning into a new job, follow the 90-day acceleration plan. You will get it right from the start and can work on honing your skills through the many transitions you will experience in the future.