June 13, 2006

News & Opinion: To New Hires: Sink or Swim Week 6

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 8:04 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

According to Leadership consulting firm Manchester Inc., the top three pitfalls for new execs. :
  1. They isolate themselves through the perception that they can demonstrate results faster on their own as opposed to focusing on quickly establishing relationships and a network of coworkers at various levels and throughout the company.

  2. They fail to decipher the culture of their new company including how to tailor their communication, image and contribution in a way that it will have positive impact.

  3. They fail to confirm and define what success looks like with their managers or the board. The eagerness to quickly demonstrate competence and results overshadows the critical need to clearly define success metrics and expectations.

What I find interesting of note is that these are the same issues that undermine rank and file new employees. These issues are universal. Good thing that Sink or Swim addresses these concerns and many more.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.