This is not good odds and here is why, company culture and soft skills. Your success has nothing to do with your ability to “do” and everything based how your are going to “be” in the new role.
Are you going to go with the current flow?
Are you going to meet part way?
Are you going to slowly evolve?
Are you going to shake it up?
How you start off and when you make a change is called a pivot point. The timing of your leadership pivot should be based around the companies culture.
The companies hired you internally because you were a high potential ready to step up. If you were hired externally, the hiring leader wants you and the culture you came from to some degree in the new company.
The question is how much?
This is where preparation is critical and some background analysis of the two cultures is critical. As Vince Lombardi put it, “The will to win is not nearly so important as the will to prepare to win.”
There are three cultures to explore. Where you came from, the “published” values of the company, and the real values rewarded by the other leaders. The company may do lip service to “putting the customer first” on the outside, but internally it can become really clear that speed, lower quality, or profitability may be the real value your team works with.
Once you know the values, then you can craft your message to your team about what you stand for and what your group will stand for. Its that message that becomes your basis to ear the right to lead the group. Management is mandatory, following leader is voluntary choice.
Getting hired was getting the people above you to choose you. Once you get the job, that doesn’t carry much water with the people who report to you. Getting your team to “choose” to follow your leadership is what will deliver exponential results and beat the 40% failure curve.
Do you need help figuring it out? Everyone at some point has written a mission and some values they live by. Very few have been trained on how to identify the “real” values a team operates by.
Onboarding is the term used to describe the hiring of new employees. In the world of Executive Coaching, Onboarding is the art of successfully identifying and merging new leaders into new organizational cultures.