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Effective Leadership Transition

Welcome back to our series designed to support and guide you through your significant transition into a new leadership role. In this second instalment, we continue to delve into the vital first 90 days of your journey, with George offering his expertise and insights to help you navigate this pivotal time. Whether stepping into uncharted territory in a new company or facing unfamiliar challenges in your current organisation, George's roadmap is here to light your way.



Embarking in a new role brings with it both excitement and challenges. Every decision and action can significantly impact your future success. Understanding this, George has meticulously crafted a guide focusing on the core elements crucial for a smooth transition. With an emphasis on practical strategies and an interactive learning approach, this article aims to equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to survive and thrive in your new position.

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Essential Checklist for Your Transition:


1. Identify what you need to achieve a break-even point swiftly in your new role.

2. Recognize potential pitfalls and strategies to avoid them.

3. Establish positive spirals to build momentum.

4. Understand the transitions you're undergoing, pinpointing the most challenging aspect and why.

5. Outline the core elements and milestones of your 90-day plan.


George likens aligning an organisation to preparing for a long sailing trip, emphasising clarity of mission, strategy, structure, processes, and team composition.


Transitioning with Purpose:

Transitions mark both a vulnerable and pivotal phase in a leader’s career, with early success or failure significantly influencing overall job performance. Establishing working relationships and a clear understanding of your new role is paramount. Early credibility and securing quick wins can set a positive trajectory for your tenure.


Avoiding Transition Traps:

Typical traps include sticking to known methods, setting unrealistic expectations, attempting too much too soon, and neglecting horizontal relationships. George advises openness to new competencies, careful mandate negotiation, prioritisation, cultural immersion, and building supportive alliances.


Creating Momentum 

Momentum is vital, urging you to learn efficiently and make sound decisions early on. This involves mobilising organisational energy and focusing on generating virtuous cycles.

Understanding the Fundamentals:

Transition failures often stem from misinterpreting the situation or a lack of adaptability. Matching your strategy to the situation, mentally preparing yourself, accelerating learning, securing early wins, and negotiating success are critical steps.


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Building Your Team and Coalitions:

Evaluating and mobilising your team is crucial. Making early personnel decisions and choosing the right people for the right roles can significantly impact success. Additionally, your ability to influence beyond your direct control and build essential coalitions is vital.


Maintaining Balance:

Keeping a balanced perspective ensures sound judgment. Cultivating an advice-and-counsel network helps avoid isolation and poor decision-making.


Assessing and Mitigating Transition Risks:

Understanding the scope and challenges of your transition is essential. Identifying shifts in your role and preparing for them can ease the transition process.


Mapping Out Your First 90 Days:

Setting clear goals for the initial months is fundamental. Planning achievements for the first day, week, and month helps create a focused approach to tackling challenges and capitalising on opportunities.


Hitting the Ground Running:

Familiarising yourself with the new organisation, securing early wins, and building supportive coalitions are paramount for a successful transition.



As we wrap up this second article in our series, remember that the journey through your first 90 days is a unique opportunity to set a strong foundation for your leadership and vision. George's insights, derived from a blend of personal experience and the foundational principles from "The First 100 Days," offer you a compass to navigate this Effective Leadership Transition. We encourage you to engage actively with the concepts discussed, question, reflect, and apply these strategies to your own experience. Your active participation and willingness to adapt are key to unlocking your full potential in your new role.


Stay tuned for our next article to explore further steps to solidify your success and ensure a lasting impact. Remember, your journey is as much about learning and growing as it is about leading. We're here to support you every step of the way.



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