Five Keys to Being Successful in a New Role

I have been an avid follower of coach, speaker and Author, Marshall Goldsmith for many years.  One of my favorite books of his is What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.”

In my opinion, truer words were never spoken. When we start out in our careers; we develop skills, we apply them and hopefully,  we are recognized and rewarded for the impact we make.

The natural progression is that we are then promoted to a position with a broader scope and/or higher level of responsibility. This new position takes us into unfamiliar territory. A new place with different expectations, different goals, and most often requiring new skills.

In the blink of an eye, we go from being the confident go-to person who knows what to do and is often on autopilot … to someone who is in unfamiliar, and somewhat scary territory. This new job usually requires new skills, new people and unfortunately it doesn’t come with a “how-to” manual.

Sometimes we don’t recognize early on that “what got us here, won’t get us there.”.

Whether it’s you that is making a transition, or a member of your team; hitting the “pause” button and taking a few deliberate steps can be incredibly helpful on the path to success.

A good place to start is by applying these five steps:

  1. Assessing the current state. What is required in the new position?
  2. Identifying your current knowledge, skills and abilities.
  3. Gaining clarity on what is expected in the new role. How will success be measured?
  4. Doing a gap analysis between where you are and where you need to be, then prioritizing.
  5. Creating and executing a plan to close the gap.

No, these steps are not rocket science, but neither can they be ignored. By setting aside quiet time, doing some soul searching, putting pen to paper, and putting your plan into action can help you – or a member of your team – SOAR in that new job.


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