Thursday, January 8, 2009
Do not be afraid to ask questions. You must build a network for seeking advice and counsel. No leader is an island. New managers cannot succeed alone in overcoming the complicated challenge of taking over a department, function or entire organization. You have inherited problems and mistakes left over from predecessors. They may be far from obvious. Things often are not what they first appear to be. It is essential that you help your team find ways to accelerate learning about markets, products, technologies, organizational capabilities, and culture. Identifying and leveraging the best advisors -- internally and externally -- is the most effective way to do this.