Did you land a new job and now your brain is swimming with anxiety and self-doubt?
This is normal.
It's new and anything new is usually uncomfortable.
Is this happening to you?
I hear all of these concerns (and more) from my clients and readers.
Again, it's normal to have doubt, anxiety and excitement all wrapped into one.
In today's post, I'll help you push past that to create a solid 90 day plan for yourself.
If you don't plan out a solid first 90 days, you run the risk of losing that prime time to establish your reputation. You may end up creating a hole that is difficult to dig out of.
Focus on figuring out what your manager values, how to make their professional life easier, and how to become their go-to person.
These are the people that leaders go to when they need advice and input. They may or may not have a title. Find them and build a relationship with them.
Ask questions of your manager and your peers. Find a few trusted advisors, people who seem to understand the corporate culture inside and out. Ask them:
It’s very common to want to open up to colleagues and even your manager about your concerns and uneasiness. Be cautious here. If you’re feeling insecure, find an outside person as a sounding board so that you don’t lose their confidence. A coach is a great person for this!
It’s easy to get caught up in learning and training. These are important but not as important as doing the work required to drive results. Dive into your job and learn as you go.
If you’re managing people, get to know them individually. Figure out what motivates them, what their goals are, why they’re working in their job, why they stay, and their past challenges. Get to know each one individually so you can motivate and manage them via a personalized approach.
Don’t wait for your manager to ask for your 90 day plan. Build it out and get his/her buy-in on your proposed priorities and definition of success.
Write out the vision of you operating at full capacity in your new role and achieving your next milestone goal. Write it out in detail.
Begin operating as your future self, as the person who has already accomplished his/her first year goals, as the person who is confident, and who is delivering immense value to your organization.
Pinpoint the stories you’ve built up about yourself through past experiences. None of this matters --- if things went well, past conflicts, past shortcomings, even past success. This is a new opportunity to redefine yourself. Take it!
Check in with what you’re thinking and feeling on a daily basis. Are you excited, motivated, and focused? Or, are you starting to feel discouraged, unsupported, and questioning your decision?
Figure out what’s causing you to lose momentum. Hint: it’s your thoughts about you, your abilities, your boss, your colleagues, etc. You can shift your thoughts to restore the excitement.
Understand the expectations (dress code, hours in the office, deliverables, status reporting, communication, etc.) and work at one level above all of these.
Ask yourself: How can I exceed the expectations vs. coming in at or below?
ARE YOU A FELLOW TECH PROFESSIONAL:
Ready for a new job?
If you're searching, either passively or actively, it's important to NOT TO MISS any of these 15 critical success factors.
Be sure to download the Job Search Checklist & mini class:
✅ It will save you time (your search doesn't need to be a 2nd job)
✅ It will help you uncover the dream jobs you TRULY want (you know, the jobs that usually aren't even published)
✅ It will help you stand out from the crowd (even if you don't currently have an insider contact)
We'll spend 30 minutes working ON your career, and focusing on what you want in your career and ultimately for your life.
One of the biggest mistakes tech leaders make is focusing ALL their time on their day-to-day and neglecting their career and the big picture of what they really want and how they'll achieve it.
Months, quarters and years go by.
They're stagnating and unfulfilled.
And for some, the unexpected happens....they're let go.
Don't let this be you too.