by Michael Holland    

Remember those feelings of the first days and weeks in a new job.  The thrill of learning a new environment, the freedom from office politics and gossip, the flood of ideas, the intrigue with meeting your employees for the first time, the adrenaline rush of opportunity to make an impact, and the unwavering belief of your boss and peers in your ability to have great success.

Re-create it!  Start fresh by declaring bankruptcy on your leadership role and rehiring yourself into your position.

Today is your first day of your first week of your first month in the job.  Clear your calendar, declare bankruptcy on your to do list and let the fog roll into your memories of relationships.

Start everything anew. . .

  • Highlight Your Role Description – Read your role description with fresh eyes and highlight in bright orange the key aspects of the role. Ignore what you think you know about the job and focus on what stands out as exciting to you.
  • Re-Introduce Yourself to Your Employees –Have a facilitator run a new manager integration process to re-establish the relationships, expectations with employees.
  • Craft a Vision – Explore your WHY your via this Simon Sinek video.  Then craft a vision for your team for the new season you are entering and align your resources around the vision.
  • Get To Know Your Stakeholders – Develop a stakeholder chart of key peers and teams with whom you’ll need to establish relationships.  Think anew regarding how, what and why you are connected to each stakeholder or stakeholder group.  Here are some tools you could use to draw the stakeholder chart:
    • Post-It notes on your wall using string to connect notes as needed
    • White board or easel pad to draw the chart using different colors to depict homogenous stakeholders
    • A mind mapping tool like bubbl.us to generate the chart and easily adjust characteristics of stakeholders
  • Create a New GTD (Getting Things Done) List – Get control from the start with a personal and organizational productivity approach that can transform how you get things done.
  • Get Started – Champion and enable the execution of your plans.  Lean forward and make that first step.  Need some inspiration?  Learn how to start stuff via  Seth Godin’s inspiring book Poke the Box.

Create the opportunity to allow yourself to be fully motivated for your leadership role.  Rehiring yourself will allow your mind to discard old baggage that weighs you down and explore/establish boundaries that enable you to be more effective.

Coaching Thoughts – For You and Your Peers

  • Which idea in the list would be the easiest for you to start with?
  • Grab a peer manager and convince them to partner up with you to go through the rehiring process together.  Why do you think it would be better doing it together?
  • Which idea in the list would provide the most growth for you in your current season of leadership?
  • How do you envision your employees would react to you going through this process?  How about your boss?