You Are Now The Person In Charge

Leadership - You Are Now The Person In ChargeYou are now the person in charge. You might be in charge of a few people or hundreds of people. You may work in a small start up company or a large Fortune 500 Company. You may be the new leader of the entire business or a part of the business.

In all of these cases you have some thinking to do – and quickly.

Similar to your first impression on an interview or a sales call, there is a very brief period of time where you have the opportunity to set the tone of how you will be viewed. Try as much as you want to change this initial opinion around to another viewpoint, but you will have a very difficult time.

Numerous experts have said you essentially have ninety (90) days to set the tone of who you are all about in this new role. My viewpoint is more like thirty (30) days, if that.

This is why, more than ever, you have to be willing, ready and able to always learn and grow. When the opportunity presents itself you have to be ready, there will not be time to get ready, you must already be ready. Yes, continue to learn and grow – be ready.

Here are three tips to smooth out your navigation of the transition to leadership:

First: Recognize how others view who you are – meaning – if you are new to this organization are you open to acknowledging you do not know things or do you come across as if you know it all? If you are from within the organization will there be an assumption that you are going to be the same person you have always been? Who is…?

Second: Know yourself, really understand and recognize your own strengths and weaknesses. Build upon and work with your strengths and hire in – promote and lean in with others who have your weaknesses as their strengths. All areas of this process will be greatly enhanced by working with an experienced executive coach. This specific item, second on this list, is quite possibly the most difficult to undertake on your own.

Third: Odds are you had a specialty – maybe you were a leader on the Sales Team for years, or have worked your way up through the ranks of accounting and have been a CFO, or you have a technical background. In any of these cases now you must avoid being that expert now and permit your replacement to handle their area, and you learn more about the other areas of the business which you may not have spent as much time on before. There is an expectation that a leader is well versed and well rounded.

There is much work to do and these three tips are provided to put some wind in your sails. Contact Mitch to bring this entire transition to a new level for you and your organization.

Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive coach, trainer and speaker who adds value to a client base which spans the globe. He is based in Stamford, CT.

The End of The First Quarter of 2015

computer-calendar-planningIn a few days the First Quarter of 2015 will be completed. How did you make out? If you created and wrote out or otherwise created a plan, how did the reality compare to the plan?

Large publicly traded companies go through this comparison on a regular basis. Entire departments spend the majority of their time and effort verifying, recording and presenting these differences. At the very least, any business owner should be tracking their numbers on a quarterly if not more regular basis.

Ever hear the saying, if you don’t know where you are, how will you get to where you’re going? In fact how will you know when you get there?

The point is we all must know where we are in business. We all must have some type of a plan to compare what we are actually doing so we are able to check in and make changes if necessary.  These changes may be to the plan itself or to how we are conducting our business. There should be an advisory board or some type of accountability or feedback group put in place in order to not live in a void or as some might say ‘live in a bubble’.

By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands — your own.” ~ Mark Victor Hansen

Let’s assume this year began and no plan was put in place. Let’s assume if you are a large business you accepted ‘ditto’ – same as last year  Let’s assume if you are a small business owner you did not create a plan for the year at all. It is not too late in either case!

For the large company, how about providing some leadership development? Why not invest in your employees for the future of the business?

For the small business owner how about your own personal development and building up your leadership skills?

In both of these cases the payoff is huge and the relative investment is small. If this is something you are considering or thinking “now that you mentioned it, Mitch”, contact me at for help in developing your plan.

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Mitch Tublin is a consultant, coach, speaker and trainer who resides in Stamford, CT.

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