Leaders make first impressions

Option 1 – you start at a new company. On the first day you fill out a ream of papers for HR. The computer in your unadorned cubicle is not hooked up yet, and your login credentials are coming “later today.” Your coworkers appear to be super busy and a few people say hi in passing. Your new boss drops by and starts immediately talking about the projects that are awaiting you. 

Option 2 – you start at a new organization. Your boss greets you at door as you arrive. The team has been prepped that you are coming and they signed a card for you. You are brought back to your space that has a welcome gift, a computer that is ready to go, and login credentials on a Post It. All of the HR paperwork has been filled out for you ahead of time, so all they need are a few signatures. Your boss has lined up a few softballs for you get started on, and later that day there is a department lunch where you can meet everyone. Later you learn about the company and its history. You learn about its mission and why its important. You learn about why your work is valuable. You learn the strategies and metrics.

Now, both of these are over the top. (I get it!) But, which is closer to the right treatment for that hard-won superstar you probably spent thousands of dollars to find and hire?

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on February 22, 2019

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