If you are a manager or wish to be a manager then you should use manager-tools.com. Chad Nuttall has been a long time fan and he brought the site to my attention. Last month I decided to become a member and I'm considering a membership for the spin off Career Tools as well to gain access to additional resources, such as podcasts.
The Career Tools resources include three podcasts dedicated to a 90 Day New Job Plan to help with someone who is onboarding into a new job. Perfect for me given that I'm in a new job. Here is a link to each podcast with a few key points I've taken from each podcast:
- The main message is "fit in, fit in, fit in." The hosts, Mike & Mark, say that the first 90 days is about creating relationships and not about getting results. Trying to get results may negatively impact your future ability to get results.
- Asking questions to get to know people is a very important skill to use early in a new job. At the start of a new job someone will be given a lot of freedom to ask questions. Areas to focus on include getting to know about people's personal lives, company history and people's strengths.
- Mike & Mark suggest that the single most important individual relationship you have at work is between you and your boss. Early in a new job is the time to get to know the names of your supervisor's peers, get this know his/her strengths and challenges, if s/he is a reader or a listener etc.