Sunday, 21 October 2007

Another 'First 90 Days' Text

Peter Fischer has recently written a book called The New Boss

Why is this of interest ? - well many L&D Curriculum focus on providing support at 'transition' points (building from the framework of The Leadership Pipeline by Charan et al).

For me (and others) the key text for building further on the work of Charan is The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins. Hence, it is interesting to reflect on whether this new book offers further insights (for future inclusion into Leadership training courses).

According to Fischer, there are seven building blocks to creating a successful leadership change:

  • Managing Expectations Proactively
  • Developing Key Relationships
  • Constructively Analysing the Initial Situation
  • Establishing a Set of Motivating Goals
  • Fostering a Positive Climate for Change
  • Initiating Changes Effectively, &
  • Using Symbols & Rituals

Clearly there are significant overlaps with the ideas of Watkins - a rough (and simplistic) mapping could be:

  • Managing Expectations Proactively = Negotiate Success
  • Developing Key Relationships = Create Coalitions
  • Constructively Analysing the Initial Situation = Match Strategy to Situation
  • Establishing a Set of Motivating Goals = Build Your Team
  • Fostering a Positive Climate for Change = Secure Early Wins
  • Initiating Changes Effectively, = Expedite Everyone
  • Using Symbols & Rituals = Achieve Alignment

Hence, at least in these simplistics terms of comparision - Watkins apears to place more emphasis on self - with advice such as 'promote yourself', 'accelerate your learning' & 'keep your balance'.

Equally, Fischer helpfully provides a richer focus on communications - specifically highlighting the 'use of symbols and rituals'.

Symbolic management is the skillful and consistent combination of symbols and rituals into a convincing message. This is why it is important to ensure that what you say is consistent with how you behave. It is a symbolic expression of a different management style

..... an area worthy of further discussion within a 'new leader' training class ?!