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Accelerating the Tipping Point to Success: A 30-60-90 Approach

In the fast-paced world of business, success often hinges on our ability to navigate transitions effectively. Whether you're being tasked to steer a startup towards its first major breakthrough, orchestrating a turnaround for a struggling enterprise, fueling accelerated growth, or sustaining the momentum of a successful organization, the journey requires careful planning and execution. Embracing a 30-60-90 approach can accelerate your tipping point to success, ensuring that each phase is strategically leveraged to propel you and your organization forward. This article provides the leader in transition preparatory considerations followed by specific steps to navigate the first 90 days.

Tipping Point diagram

Prepare in Advance: Assessing Your Foundations

Evaluate Yourself:

Before embarking on any transitional journey, it's crucial to know thyself. Take stock of your strengths and weaknesses, understanding how they'll influence your leadership. Recognizing your strengths empowers you to leverage them effectively, while acknowledging weaknesses allows you to proactively address potential pitfalls.

Identify Transition Challenges:

Anticipating the hurdles ahead is half the battle won. Whether it involves steering a startup, orchestrating a turnaround, fueling accelerated growth, or sustaining success, identifying transition challenges is paramount. Understanding the overarching objective for your organization sets the stage for strategic planning and effective execution.

Manage Yourself

Be Mindful:

In the whirlwind of transition, it's easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. Set aside dedicated time daily and weekly to review progress and upcoming plans. Create a conducive environment for focused work, free from distractions. Embrace moments of quiet reflection to recalibrate and realign your efforts.

Dedicate Distraction-Free Time:

Amidst the chaos of transition, prioritize your tasks based on their criticality. Allocate distraction-free time each day to tackle the most pressing challenges head-on. By focusing on high-impact activities, you can steer the ship towards its desired destination with precision and purpose.

Embrace Quiet Reflection:

In the cacophony of transition, find moments of solitude for introspection. Reflect on lessons learned, celebrate small victories, and recalibrate your course as needed. Quiet reflection fosters clarity of thought and enables you to navigate the complexities of transition with grace and resilience.

The First 30 Days

  1. Conduct weekly or Bi-weekly meetings with your manager

    1. Determine your success criteria

      1. How will your "success" be measured?

      2. Where do you fit in the organization

      3. Define decision boundaries & parameters

      4. Define preferences on how and how often to connect

      5. Are there current "hot issues" that should be prioritized?

  2. Conduct 1:1 meetings with your team members. Utilize 1:1’s with your team and stakeholders to introduce yourself, understand their roles, and establish an open line of communication. Establishing effective communication strategies with your team members and direct reports is critical in the first 30 days. Listen more than you speak. Listen to their concerns, successes and expectations from the organization and leadership.

    1. Meet with each of your direct reports to learn about each of them and their role in the team.

    2. Meet as a "team" to establish direction and clarify expectations

  3. Identify key stakeholders who interface with your role and create a strategy to connect with them.

  4. Review strategic documents for the business, your department/region, and your team

  5. Learn company policies, procedures, and regulations.

  6. Begin to develop a sense of culture and values

30 - 60 Days

  1. Continue weekly meetings with your Manager

  2. Identify and celebrate early wins to help develop a successful job pattern.

  3. Create a strategic plan aligned with company involving the team in the strategic process

  4. Develop/communicate your vision and associated goals, etc.

  5. Schedule regular meetings with your direct reports; clarify expectations and give feedback.

  6. Continue to meet with key stakeholders across the business to learn more about their role and their part of the business.

  7. Find out their view of your area and what they believe you should STOP, START and CONTINUE doing.  

60 - 90 Days

  1. Drive results. Continually solicit and provide feedback

  2. Assess and adjust yourself and your team. Coach as appropriate to empower and develop your team while adapting your leadership to differing team member needs.

  3. Celebrate successes

  4. Reinforce and continually communicate your vision

Conclusion: Accelerating the Tipping Point

In the journey towards success, navigating transitions is inevitable. Embracing a 30-60-90 approach empowers you to prepare diligently, navigate challenges effectively, and manage yourself with mindfulness and intentionality. By leveraging each phase strategically, you can accelerate the tipping point to success and propel your team and organization towards unprecedented heights of achievement. As you embark on this transformative journey, remember: the path to success is not always smooth, but with strategic planning, resilience, and unwavering determination, the destination is within reach.


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