How to Thrive During Your First 90 Days As A Goal Achiever

“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. The man who knows how will always have a job. The man who also knows why will always be his boss. As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

The actions you take during your first 90 days will usually determine your success or failure in your new position. As a manager, or leader, in a new position you must build momentum during your transition period. When people fail in a new position, their problems can be traced back to problems that developed in their first few months on the job.

To show that you are a top performer in your first 90 days in a new position – you must show your employer that you know your value proposition and can deliver this value to the organization. Early wins help you build credibility and create momentum. So you need to quickly identify opportunities where you can build personal credibility, and show early wins along the way while you’re learning.

While you’ll have a steep learning curve in the first 90 days on the job, you can accelerate your learning curve. This will require you to have a plan in place for your learning. Decide early on what you need to learn and how you can learn it quickly.

5 Success Tips

1) Start by knowing what the company plans are for the future, and the strategy for getting there. Then, know how your position fits in with that strategy.

2) You can learn a lot by becoming aware of, and analyzing, the “outliers” – the things that are working especially well, or those that are not working well at all.

3) You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Most problems have been solved by others, so be sure to create good working relationships with the people who have knowledge and resources that you may not yet have. Seek these people out for advice and feedback.

4) Look for best practices. Find out what the best performers in the industry are doing and imitate them. This is often the quickest antidote to poor performance. Find out who the top performers are on your team and figure out how to implement the top performer’s secrets throughout your organization.

5) Have a learning plan. Know what you need to learn and have a plan in place for learning quickly. Show your employer early wins to demonstrate that you are learning quickly.

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