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CareersWhether you are up for a promotion, joining a new company or formulating one of those classic transitions that executives make in their careers, your next move will be a defining moment. This is because taking on a new role, either within or outside the organisation, is always a challenge.

Robert Hargrove, author of Your First 100 Days in a New Executive Job, advises, “Don’t just hit the ground running, but sprinting, as the clock is ticking from day one.”

Here are a few ways you can successfully accelerate the transition into your new role:

1. Prepare yourself. Transitions begin at the time of selection, prior to individuals formally entering their new positions, so prepare in advance and accelerate your learning about the role and the organisation (if you are entering a new organisation).

2. Secure early wins. According to Michael Watkins, author of The First 90 Days, “early wins excite and energise people and build your personal credibility. Done well, they help you create value for your new organisation earlier.” To secure such victories, you need to understand what a ‘win’ is in the eyes of your boss. What does s/he expect from you and how quickly? Once your goals are set, start implementing an action plan.

3. Promote yourself. There is a German saying: “Tue gutes und sprich darüber” (“Do good and speak about it.”) This is not about blowing your own trumpet but about working with dedication, performing well and then making it known to everyone in the organisation. Your early wins will mean nothing if no one knows about them, so promote your accomplishments – but remember not to overdo it.

4. Create coalitions. To succeed in your new role, you will need the backing of your colleagues. Build a support system with your colleagues for your early wins; this means figuring out whom you must influence and pinpointing who is likely to support or resist your key initiatives.

Once you have made a successful transition, don’t become complacent. Keep your eyes focused on your next role as you move up the corporate ladder.

– Jason Pereira
The writer is an HR professional at multinational company.

First published in the Careers Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on November 10, 2013.