Remember when you were the newbie? How did it feel? Did you enjoy being on probation? Did your leader make it easier, or harder, for you?
As a leader, one of your challenges is to quickly and effectively integrate newbies into your team. If you ignore them or treat them like everyone else, they’ll never make it; you’ll be starting over with another newbie in a few months. You should care because after a few cycles of that, your leadership will be questioned.
There are three “N’s” about new employees that a good leader must accommodate:
If you want your newbies to succeed and come up to speed quickly, then you must:
There’s a lot at stake when you bring in new people. You did it for a reason—you need them. So put intentional focus and effort into helping them make it because you need to make it too.
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Copyright 2015 by Dick Wells, The Hard Lessons Company
"The best way to lead people into the future is to connect with them deeply in the present."
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