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The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan by John A. Lawler, Jayme A. Check, George B. Bradt

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Chapter 8Keep BuildingEvolve Your Leadership, Practices, and Culture to Deliver Results.

Figure depicting two broad horizontal arrows pointing rightward with “the new leader's 100-day action plan” mentioned on the upper arrow and “activate ongoing communication” on the lower arrow. In between the arrows from left to right is mentioned position yourself for success, leverage the fuzzy front end, take control of day one, co-create burning imperative, embed milestones, jump-start early wins, complete organization role start, and evolve, leadership, practices, and culture. An arrowhead is pointing at evolve leadership, practices, culture.

You have reached the 100-day mark. You put a plan in place, leveraged your Fuzzy Front End to learn quickly, refined your plan, and developed solid relationships with all of your key stakeholders. You engaged the culture and made a strong early impression by delivering a clear message to your new audiences (up, down, and across). Your team is energized by its co-created Burning Imperative. You have established a milestone management process to drive accountability and are beginning to deliver early wins. Your team is in place.

So, what's next? Keep going. Keep building. Begin the process of continual evolution. You'll want to evolve in three key areas:

  1. Leadership: The 100-day mark is a good moment to gain feedback on your own leadership during the first 100 days, so you can determine what you should keep, stop, and start doing—and how—to be even more effective with your team and the organization as a whole.
  2. Practices: From there, it is an opportune time to decide how you are going to evolve your practices to capitalize on changing circumstances. You should focus on practices that relate to people, plans, performance tracking, and program management.
  3. Culture: Finally, after 100 days, your insights on the culture are sharper than when you started. You are also clearer about where you want ...

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