CHAPTER 6

Embrace and Leverage the Fuzzy Front End before Day One

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WARNING!

If you have already started your new role, this chapter may upset you. It is full of ideas for people to implement before they start. The best way to take charge, build your team, and get great results faster than anyone thought possible is to create time by starting earlier than anyone thought you would.

But even if you have already started your new role, read this chapter. If you have yet to tackle the things presented in this chapter, start doing them immediately. Read on to find out where you need to catch up. Truth is, many of the ideas in this chapter are useful throughout and well beyond Day One and your first 100 Days. There's a Fuzzy Front End to just about every major initiative.

Create Time, Take Action

Many leaders fall into the trap of thinking that leadership begins on Day One of a new job. Like it or not, a new leader's role begins as soon as that person is an acknowledged candidate for the job. Everything new leaders do and say and don't do and don't say will send powerful signals, starting well before they even walk in the door on Day One.

If you embrace this concept and do something about it, you increase your chances of success. This one idea can make or break a new leader's transition. New leaders who miss the opportunity to get a head start before the start often discover later that ...

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