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Forbes Marketplace: Beyond Awkward: Making The Most Of Your First Conversations With Your New Team

Forbes Marketplace: Beyond Awkward: Making The Most Of Your First Conversations With Your New Team

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Forbes Marketplace: Beyond Awkward: Making The Most Of Your First Conversations With Your New Team

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Give them time to prepare for the talk

Schedule things at least a few days in advance and share a complete agenda.

It’s intimidating to talk to the new boss, and more so when the topics are unknown.

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Ask questions to better understand the person and his/her motivations and values. 

Start with open-ended questions about family, pursuits outside of work, why they joined your organization, and why they have stayed. And share your own story.

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 Invite a detailed conversation about the current role with a “Stop-Start-Sustain” framework:

  • Stop – things that are counterproductive, prohibitively burdensome, or inefficient
  • Start – ideas for improving the role and the company
  • Sustain – the activities and investments that are working well as intended.

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Some teammates may be expecting enhanced compensation or promotions based on verbal statements made by your predecessor. A teammate may have even expected to get your job.

As such, it’s a good idea to directly ask “what career conversations have you had before today that may not be captured in our records?”

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Expect that some teammates will interpret time with the new leader as an ideal opportunity to denigrate other co-workers. 

Head this off at the pass with a ground-rule: In that initial conversation, we won’t be talking about the effectiveness of anyone except for the employee’s direct reports.

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During that first meeting, schedule a follow-up talk a few weeks out.

And make clear that you value an ongoing candid dialogue.

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