I field a lot of questions about what it takes to make a great start in a new role.


Topics range from how to make a great first impression and how to build trust with a new team through to how to manage the firehose of expectations and how to structure a 90-day plan.


Moving into a new role is hard.

You're in an environment that is full of unknowns and you have yet to build relationship equity.

That's why the C-Suite gets support for their transition.


But what about you? Onboarding is rarely enough.

Here are a few things I have learned over time. My wish is that these tools and guides help you make your best start. 

Get ready for Day 1 in your new role.

Pre-start Checklist

Your First 100 

Get ready with this preparing to start checklist, complete with sample Day 1 agendas.

 100 Day Plan

Your First 100 

Use this free template to map out your learning, performance and leadership goals.


Your First 100 

Uncover your blindspots. Identify what could go wrong before it actually does.

 Your Team 

Your First 100 

Discover the 7 practices of high-performing teams that boost performance.

Try out one of my best-selling guides. 



No one starts a new role expecting to leave within a year.


Far too many do. It doesn't have to be this way.

I've designed Your First 100 Kick-Start Guide to help you make your best start.

"The guide is packed with wisdom and a concrete plan to go in with your eyes wide open... Roll up your sleeves, take control and invest in your own success. Your effort will pay off for years to come."



How do you want your leadership to be remembered?
And, how will you know you’re on track?

Great leaders have a great system.

This tool will help you set up that system.

Lead with your legacy in mind.


How to succeed quickly in a new role. [HBR]

The authors discovered an overlooked prerequisite for transition success: the effective use of internal networks.

Transition Traps. [IMD]

Transitions are pivotal, in part, because everyone is expecting change. But they also are periods of great vulnerability for new leaders who lack established working relationships and detailed knowledge of their roles. Those who fail to build momentum during their transition face an uphill battle. 

When strength becomes weakness. [ADAM GRANT: WORKLIFE]

Excellence comes from doing what you do best -- but you need to make sure you're doing it at the right times. (Audio only)

When You Start a New Job, Pay Attention to These 5 Aspects of Company Culture. [HBR]

All too often, employees struggle to understand the cultural norms of their new organizations, leading to a variety of workplace conflicts. To set yourself up for success, the authors suggest paying close attention to five key dimensions of your new company’s culture.

Starting a new role - remotely [HBR]

Out of sight doesn’t have to mean out of mind.

Stepping into a leadership role? Be ready to tell your story. [HBR]

Hit the ground running with a thoughtful personal pitch.

How to build a killer 100-day executive onboarding plan. [Fast Company]

More than a dozen chief human resource officers from top companies offer advice on how to set yourself up for success in a new leadership role.

Promoted From Peer To Leader?  [Forbes Coaches Council]

17 Ways To Make A Smooth Transition

How to ensure your success in a newly created role. [Hays]

There can also be some very real challenges that come with life in a newly created role, especially if the job responsibilities are not clearly defined. Here are seven things you should do to ensure success in a brand new role.

Becoming the boss. [HBR] 

The earliest test of leadership comes with that first assignment to manage others. Most new managers initially fail this test because of a set of common misconceptions about what it means to be in charge.




You've hired your new leader. But will they be successful? You play a critical role.


This starter guide will help you accelerate the performance of your new leader and benefit from early momentum. 

Onboarding a New Leader — Remotely [HBR]

Six steps to take when remotely onboarding a new leader.

7-Ways to Set Up a New Hire for Success. [HBR]

No one has a bigger impact on new employees’ success than the managers who hired them. 

Onboarding isn't enough. [HBR]

Newly hired executives need to be fully integrated into the company’s culture.

Internal Hires Need Orientation Too [HBR]

A promotion should be much more than a change in title and paycheck — it requires a transition like any other role.

Failed transitions cost the organization up to 10X salary, not to mention the damage to reputation and morale. 

What will it cost you, your team and your organization?

Discover how Leader Acceleration Coaching can dramatically improve the odds of success.