Barbara A. F. Greene, CEO
Career Partners International – San Antonio / Greene and Associates, Inc.
Q: Do you have any special tips to help me (an executive) succeed in my first 90 days?
A: Appoint a personal board of directors. Many executives feel they should be self-sufficient and succeed completely on their own. However, the wisest individuals achieve success by benefiting from the advice of others. Your own personal board of directors can give you a huge boost in succeeding in your first 90 days on a new job and beyond.
When you look at any corporate board, you find a variety of talents and skills. Just as a company benefits from experts, so will you. Surround yourself with people who have skill sets and personalities different from yours.
You will experience many benefits from a personal board of directors.
- Receive advice from individuals who have specialized knowledge and/or business experience you don't have.
- Acquire perspectives of how they see you leading yourself and others.
- Accelerate introductions to other key stakeholders in your development.
- Gain encouragement, support, and feedback from other professionals who want to see you succeed.
Members of your board of directors will receive a different set of benefits.
- Expand their relationships.
- Expedite their knowledge of other areas within the organization or the community.
- Improve their strategic and political acumen.
- Fast-track another person in achieving their goals.
Choosing the right members of your board of directors and approaching them properly will lead to success.
- Identify people you admire inside and outside your organization. These advisors are people with important connections and those who want to see you succeed.
- Let the person know that you respect and admire them.
- Explain what you would like the person to do to help you transition into your new position and to succeed in the job.
- Use your board to provide guidance about professional image and presence, to expose you to valuable connections, and to introduce you to the corporate culture.
- Manage the advisor-protégé relationship thoughtfully. Most advisors are happy to provide guidance to a protégé who is eager to learn and uses the advisor’s time well.
- Express gratitude to your advisors and offer to reciprocate and help them any way you can.