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Leveraging your mba at work in 90 days


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Leveraging your mba at work in 90 days

  1. 1. LEVERAGING YOUR MBA <br />Mastering the First 90 Days on your job<br />
  2. 2. Congratulations!<br />You're starting a new job. <br />You've cast aside the security blanket of your previous role.<br /> You've survived the emotional fits and starts of the hiring process. <br />
  3. 3. CONFIDENT!!!<br />YOU arrive for the 1st day of work secure that of all the candidates, <br />YOU were the right combination of skills and attitude for the job.<br />
  4. 4. QUESTIONS<br />Did you make the right move?<br />Will your contribution will be valued?<br />Will the reality of the new job live up to your expectations<br />
  5. 5. MAGIC FORMULA ??? <br />For a smooth start with great relations at work<br />
  6. 6. YOU<br />have a limited window of opportunity to create a sustainable advantage for "brand you".<br /> HOW YOU <br />channel YOUR hopes, dreams and doubts in the first 90 days on YOUR job will determine YOUR career roadmap!!!<br />
  7. 7. DO YOUR HOMEWORK<br />ASK FOR<br />Much of your success during the first 90 days comes before you report for work on the first day. <br />Take the time to learn all you can about your new company. <br />  <br />Materials about the company<br />Information about its products and services and/or business strategies<br />Anything that will allow you to gain a little extra knowledge. <br />JOT DOWN KEY QUESTIONS YOU WANT TO GET ANSWERED.<br />
  8. 8. START WITH A CLEAN SHEET <br /> KNOW <br />Your our own skills, behaviors and attitudes. <br />What worked ,what didn't, and why in your internships and previous experiences. <br />This job to be an ideal opportunity to build the new and improved professional YOU<br />Those personal characteristics that you'd like to improve by writing it down <br />How to maximize your strengths and minimize your weaknesses. For instance, if you were never prepared for meetings, write down ways to improve your performance. <br />The way to develop a routine that will keep you on time. <br /> A reputation is something that you will build over time. Live up to that reputation at all times, at work and everywhere else.   <br />
  9. 9. "IF IT'S TO BE, IT'S UP TO ME.”<br />DESIGN and IMPLEMENT <br />your own orientation program. <br />Set up meetings with the key people you will interact with. <br />Remember names. Find out what departments you will need to work with. <br />Look for resources you need or that you can draw upon.   <br /> ORIENT YOURSELF<br />As part of your orientation, <br />Your company should have done a number of things to bring you up to speed and get you plugged in as fast as possible.<br />You can't bank on the company taking the initiative. <br />
  11. 11. Get cultured. <br />What you bring to any any new job is not the skills you bring to the table. <br />Those are already well recognized. <br />More importantly is how those skills mesh with the corporate culture. <br />There is little you can do to fight the corporate culture. <br />The more you know and understand about the unwritten rules, the more effective you will be. <br />THUMB RULE # 1<br />Always be early to appointments and meetings. It shows respect.<br />
  12. 12.  DRESS CONSERVATIVELY.<br />Don't let your clothes attract more attention than your ideas. <br />Hold in check any behavior that could be deemed offensive to others, or using profanity.   <br />AVOID POLITICS<br /> Keep your hands clean and your nose to the grindstone. <br />Hard work will be recognized and rewarded. <br />Getting caught up in internal politics or turf battles is a no-win proposition. <br />Avoid building your own personal power base or fiefdom. <br />Understand what the company does and help further that mission.  <br />
  13. 13. How does your boss like information: <br />An impromptu face-to-face meeting? Memo? E-mail? <br />MEETINGS<br />Is it an open-door environment or are formal meetings preferred? How are they conducted? <br /> Who needs to be involved?<br />Who do you need to keep in the loop and when? <br />BREAKTIME<br />How flexible is your new company when it comes to lunch hours, time off and work arrangements? <br />LOOK FOR CLUES ON HOW YOUR COMPANY OPERATES. <br />
  14. 14. BLEND with THE TEAM @ Your Workplace<br />Your short- and long-term success depends upon other people. <br />The team you are joining was in place before you arrived and will be in place after you leave. Look for ways to fit in, to build a sense of camaraderie and become a part of the team. <br />
  15. 15. DON'T GO IT ALONE <br />You have to work in concert with those around you. <br />Understand the personalities and capabilities of those ABOVE you, those BELOW you and those BESIDE you. <br />Initially, is not what you do, but rather how you do it. <br />People like to work with people with whom they feel a connection. <br />Find out about their<br /> LIKES|DISLIKES|EXPECTATIONS|GOALS|DISSAPOINTMENTS & CONCERNS. <br />A WORD OF CAUTION<br />Be careful who you buddy up with. <br />A unhappy employee will try to charm you in an effort to push their agenda. <br />Treat everybody as equals with an air of cautious openness (not intimacy)<br />Don't be too quick to align yourself with certain individuals<br />
  16. 16. STAY GROUNDED<br />Companies exist to serve customers. <br />Put across the customers perspective when they are reasonable<br />
  17. 17. THINK. RESEARCH. <br /> You hear .You forget. <br />You see .You remember. <br />You do and you understand.<br /> Find out what your company does and how it does it.<br />living them<br />THE BETTER YOU KNOW YOUR COMPANY<br />The more you talk about corporate goals and objectives, the clearer they become in your mind, and the sooner you start <br />TALK IT UP. <br />Tell your friends and family. <br />Be ready to give a 30-second overview to anyone that asks, from your friends to your grandma to your next-door neighbour.<br />
  18. 18. You<br />Have a list of questions ideas that you want to apply !!!<br />Want to hit the ground running!<br />Establish a reputation for yourself??? <br />Prove that the company made the right decision when they brought you on.<br />Unfortunately<br />THERE IS A FINE LINE<br />IF you Come out too aggressively <br /> You would be viewed as a threat to the status QUO: <br />An ASSAULTon the corporate culture. <br />REMEMBER <br />The company hired you to help fill a gap. <br />AND not to shake the place up.<br /> They want you in their boat pulling in the same direction. <br />Not off in your own speedboat making waves. <br />BIDE YOUR TIME & BE PATIENT <br />The opportunities to make changes will come. Remember, this is a long-distance race. <br />Before you start a full-out sprint you need to walk a mile (at least) in their shoes and pace yourself so you don't flame out too early.   <br />
  19. 19. START SMALL. <br />Coming from the outside you will see lots of things that you will question and be tempted to change. <br /> Be still, listen to what's going on and set your sights on small, achievable victories.   <br /> SHARE CREDIT<br />One of the quickest ways to gain acceptance for you and your contributions is to include other people.<br /> Involve them from the get-go and they will help you polish your ideas and make for a better contribution. <br />When it works, give them the credit. If it bombs, shoulder the responsibility.<br /> When you make mistakes, take responsibility for them immediately. <br />Failure to do so will only intensify ill-will. And don't make the same mistake again. <br />Replace "I" and "me" in your lexicon with "we" and "us." <br />You will quickly engender a flood of support and good will. <br />The object is to create trust and engender loyalty and commitment.   <br />
  20. 20. Do your chores <br /> One of the most effective ways to learn about an organization is to roll up your sleeves and do the menial tasks that are necessary in any job. <br /> How are the phones answered? <br /> How is printing done? <br /> The mailroom? <br /> Even the coffee. <br /> Showing a willingness to do these tasks will enhance your standing and provide a better understanding of what it takes to get the job done.   <br />
  21. 21. BE TACTFUL <br /> Don't rush to judgment.<br /> That initiative you're taking is somebody's pet project. <br />Understand why it was developed and how it has been implemented. <br />You may learn something. <br />Even if you don't,<br />By showing your understanding and support you may be able to make thoughtful enhancement.   <br />
  22. 22. SET THE RIGHT PRECEDENTS<br />In your gung-ho rush to please, <br />You may be prone to tackle more <br />of the workload: Work long hours or involve yourself in areas beyond your sphere of influence. <br />Just beware that precedents can be hard to overturn.<br />When you scale back or slow down, it could be perceived as a waning of commitment or enthusiasm.   <br /> KEEP BALANCE. <br /> Don't forget the other priorities in your life—your family, your health, your hobbies, your friends. <br /> If all facets of your life are not in alignment, there's no way you will find fulfillment on the job. Remember, you work to live; you don't live to work.<br />