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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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.
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.
During that first meeting, schedule a follow-up talk a few weeks out.
And make clear that you value an ongoing candid dialogue.
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?”
Invite a detailed conversation about the current role with a “Stop-Start-Sustain” framework:
A new joinee has to showcase the skills he possesses and at the same time, build the foundation of a good relationship with the new coworkers.
Establishing trust is important to ensure success in one’s new job role.
... that's capable of executing in a remote setup:
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