The First 90 days

Since my last blog, I have interviewed for and started a new coaching contract, working as a Career Transition Associate. So of course, I have followed my own first 90 days programme!

When I found out I’d been successful, I pulled out my client workbooks. I mapped out all that I knew or needed to know about my:

  • Role
  • Team
  • Organisation
  • Support network.

If you are starting a new role, here are my tips to developing a strategy on identifying priorities, rapidly adding value to your new organisation and create easy wins.


Is it the same or different than you expected from your understanding of the job spec or the interview?

What are your manager’s expectations of you?

And what are your expectations of your manager?

What are your training plan priorities?

Do you have objectives?


Where does the team sit in the organisation?

Who are your team-mates?

Who are your key stakeholders?


Which key performance indicators are the organisation is measuring?

How does your role feed into those KPIs?

What is the approach to asking questions or challenging the ways of working if you see an improvement opportunity?

Support Network

Who is in your support network?

How do you support each other?

Where do you get help?

Having answered these questions you’ll have a clearer picture of what you need to learn first and by when.

Goal Setting for the first 90 days and beyond

You’re likely to be assigned some business objectives for your role and I also recommend setting some personal goals in addition.

For my new contract I identified my personal goals for the next 90 days and 12 months. I’ve scheduled time each month to reflect on how I’m feeling and to listen to my inner dialogue. What am I saying to myself about how I’m feeling? What am I hearing, seeing?

I really advocate taking a step back from all the doing to notice how you are feeling. Then you can choose what to do next. Do you need to change anything, do more or less of something, keep things as they are until your next review?

Anyway, for me it’s so far, so good! I’m enjoying the role. First and foremost, it’s about helping others, which is a driving force for me. I’m sharing my experience, supporting people as they go through changing times in their career and bringing some independent thinking to facilitate their challenges.

If you’d like to talk about this further, please go to the contact page and schedule a 30-minute call with me.

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