Are You Living in the Past?

Starting a new executive role is an exciting time. You’ve been offered an opportunity to help a company take their next step. You’ve got a seat at the table and want to contribute. You know you can help – and quickly too.

Careful now.

Almost half of new executives fail in the first 18 months, and one common reason why is living in that past. You were brought in for your experience and the potential you have to do more great things for the new company, but if you want to avoid causing your new colleagues to tune you out you’ll refrain from saying, “When I was at XYZ Company we…” to make your points.

Listen to this excerpt from Hilary Potts’ session of ExecuNet Master Class to hear why this approach can cause you problems and what to do instead.



William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Marketing Content Manager, where he is responsible for developing engaging career, job search, and leadership insight and delivering executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand. Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework.

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