As a leader, how do you prepare for a new leadership assignment?
Many leaders know when
their next promotion is coming, but few take advantage of this time to prepare.
Instead of waiting for an official announcement, start with "phase
zero." Use your insider status to become familiar with your new unit's people
and performance and to discern the opportunities and challenges of your
upcoming assignment. In the weeks leading up to the transition, carve out at
least 30 minutes a day for this endeavour. Look through company documents, such
as performance reviews and reports on services and operations. Identify
problems and develop hypotheses for solving them. Turn to colleagues who have
supervised the role, interacted with it, or previously filled a similar one.
Ask them questions that will help you understand what to expect for the
"Get Ready for Your Next Assignment" by Katie Smith Milway, Ann
Goggins Gregory, Jenny Davis-Peccoud, and Kathleen Yazbak.