How to be successful managing for the first time, as CEO

How to be successful managing for the first time, as CEO

In some of my past articles I’ve talked about First-time Managers and First-time Manager Syndrome experienced by Senior people thrust into a leadership role for the first time - or a role Senior to their current role in a new organization. I am seeing first-time manager syndrome more often these days. In my work I’m seeing that the biggest transition is sometimes the most senior person’s transition into their role.

How do you communicate change?

How do you communicate change?

An organization often has to make changes that affect its people. Large organizations have processes and departments to handle the communication around changes. Medium sized organizations also have processes and a few people at least to craft and distribute the communication about the change.

How do you get the message out when you are in a small company without a lot of process and you may not even have people managing the employee experience?

Just get something done!

Just get something done!

I’m imploring you to get into action!

You have to get something done. You have to show some results. You have to have a work product. It takes action. It takes focus. It could take a leap of faith (if you don’t have enough information). In the end, you have to get something done, complete, finished, handed-over, out the door, off your plate - you get the idea.

Maybe, you just have to start?

Maybe, you just have to start?

Maybe, you just have to start and keep going long enough to know, for sure, where you want to go?

So, the year is well begun and we are almost half way through the first month. I’ve been watching this time of year for a while now and, often observe the struggles of folks who really want to get things done in the coming year that they couldn’t get done in previous years…

I had a guiding principle - get started. No matter what it is I want to get done, I start. Sometimes that means I don’t write it down ahead of time. Today I have the same guiding principle. It is core to my life and to my goals - I get started.