My second article in Quartz…
I’ve never stepped into a leadership role without it quickly becoming clear why a new leader was needed. I think it’s normal for companies to hire new leaders when there are problems that need to be addressed. So I suspect that as the congratulations die down, it’s also normal to look at the set of problems that surround you and ask, “Where do I begin?” (also normal: “What have I done?!”). I suggest instead starting with these two questions:
- How do I create clarity?
- How do I create capacity?
Thanks to @beaulebens whose questions and observation inspired this thinking and to @folletto for the helpful structural feedback.