Don’t Overpromise on Your New Job
I am finding these particular tips particularly useful at present. Each week there seems to be ideas which are challenging me to read further. This week it looked at new positions. When taking on a new role, it can be tempting to list out all of the grand things you plan to accomplish in your first year. But be careful before you make any hard commitments. It’s better to under promise and over deliver. You don’t know what unforeseen obstacles may get in your way—the organization’s resistance to change, for example. Be conservative when setting expectations with your new boss and other stakeholders. If you deliver more results, you will delight them. But if you promise too much and fall short, you risk undermining your credibility. Even if you successfully complete a great number of projects, but don’t do everything on your list, you will have failed in their eyes. This idea of the first 90 days was one that is common in interview situations.
Adapted from The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded.