A New Job, a New Chapter

man-helping-man-up-mountain-with-ropeIt’s 7:30 a.m. and it’s go time. Today is the BIG day – Day One! Obviously the interviews were a great success: you definitely impressed more than a few people with your knowledge, experience and warm personality. You thought the worry was over the moment you heard the words, “Congratulations, you’re hired!” but here you are now, sweating. Why? Because so far, all you’ve done, on the new job, is successfully swap one fear for another: interview fear for the fear of actually starting.

Anyone of us starting in a new leadership role could face those same apprehensive feelings. What can you do about it? Let me tell you about one of your fellow ExecuNet members, who I’ll call Bruce. Three months ago Bruce landed an SVP position at a mid-sized manufacturing company. He was pretty excited about the opportunity. He’d been laid off 11 months earlier and was getting anxious about getting back to work. Juggling bills, worrying about the future, working his network double time, developing personal marketing materials and interviewing are not exactly high on his list of ways to spend his time. We can all understand that!

So when Bruce landed, he wanted to make sure to hit the ground running and make a great first impression on his new colleagues. Being in a search again anytime soon was not something he wanted any part of, and he was determined to do everything he could to become indispensable at his new company.

For help with his onboarding plan, Bruce reached out to the Career Strategist who worked with him on his personal marketing materials. He figured she did such an excellent job identifying his unique value and shaping his message that she would also be an excellent partner in crafting an onboarding plan sure to earn him early success.

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Together, they mapped out an action plan to conduct an internal assessment of his new company and team. They planned how to make the right impressions on his new colleagues, identified key players and how to form alliances with them, crafted first-year performance goals and a change strategy for areas that will require Bruce’s immediate attention.

Bruce has been scheduling mini-coaching sessions at two week intervals with his Strategist to brainstorm, track his progress, and make adjustments to the plan. “This has been a fluid and invaluable process and I feel more prepared for this role than I have for any in my career,” said Bruce about his in-role assistance experience so far.

Being an executive is challenging. We get that, and we understand the pressures you are facing. We have people here who can help you with any stage of your career. If you are embarking on a new chapter in your career, or are already in-role but would like some help in starting a new chapter, contact me. I can connect you with the assistance you need.

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson is ExecuNet's president and chief economist. An Arjay Miller Scholar, Mark received his MBA from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Yale University. He joined ExecuNet in 1993, with extensive marketing and new product and business development experience, having served as president and founder of A&M Associates, an investment management firm. Mark's corporate leadership experience includes several senior marketing and financial positions with RCA Global Communications (a GE subsidiary) and American Can Company.

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