For a successful start in basketball, getting to the championship game starts back in the locker room, on the first day of practice, before you even lace up your shoes. Once the ball goes up in the air and the clock starts, victory hinges on what you bring to the game and whether you can unite the team.
Just like positions in basketball, when you are chosen for a management role – whether in your current company or a new one – you were picked because the “coaches” know you have the talent and capabilities necessary to help build a winning season.
Here are ten tips for a successful start with your new career move:
1. There’s No “I” In TEAM
Games can’t be won without support. Connections are everything in the fast-moving, often-isolated workforce of today. Develop a mindset that prioritizes networking because the need for allies, advocates and even favors is inevitable. What’s more, CEB says that companies now view “Network Performance” (“contributions to the performance of others”) as equal in importance to individual, task-based contributions. Even Michael Jordan needed Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson to win his six NBA championships.
2. Jump Out Fast And Get Into A Rhythm
Be intentional about launching into your new role, and make meaningful connections quickly.
3. Preparation Is Paramount
Just like practicing skills on the court, day in and day out, and visualizing play execution before a game, read up on your new responsibilities, the state of the business, and the issues with which you’ll be faced before you set foot in your role. Identify the latest technologies, lines of thinking and trends related to the position so that you can be a leader within your organization and your industry.
4. Get Back On Defense
Regardless of whether you just scored or turned the ball over, get back on defense. Forget about any mistakes, and don’t slow down.
5. Keep The Ball Moving
by realizing that sometimes your teammates can help you score, even if you’re not always handling the ball. Identify who can fill voids to make positive moves that advance your team’s goals.
6. Celebrate Your Wins
and encourage your team members – it gives you strength, too! Expand your impact and results by cheering on those within your network, even if they’re not currently on your team.
7. See The Floor
Become aware of your organizational context, including the hierarchy of relevant stakeholders and patterns of influence. Seek to navigate these relationships for your benefit skillfully and achieve optimal team performance. Within almost every organization, people’s ability to do their work effectively is impacted by their relationships with other individuals, teams, and groups.
8. Identify Team Captains
and empower them with the ability to weigh in on important decisions. Place your focus on “opinion leaders” who can help influence and drive a positive and impactful culture.
9. Cross-Functional Collaboration
For athletes, cross-training is a great way to avoid burnout and build new strengths. Similarly, cross-functional collaboration can make you and your teammates more agile. It also generates creative ideas, such as new ways to meet business targets. Additionally, embracing and encouraging work-life balance is key to ensuring all team members reach their peak performance on the job.
10. Prioritize Health
Great players know that spending hours on the court requires fuel and rest; before and after…even the best players need time to recharge. In the past, taking on a new role often equated to over-indexing on work, with no balance or attention paid to health and well-being – not anymore! To be successful, prioritize your health, as well as the health of those around you. “Load management” isn’t code for lazy; it’s a recipe for success.
Remember that a game isn’t won with a single shot, and a season isn’t won in a single game…it takes sure footing along the way. For a successful start, executives amidst on-boarding manage their boundaries and leverage their networks to create mutual wins for all.
This article was originally published by The People Development Magazine: https://bit.ly/3p7W970
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Leigh Ann Errico