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David Weiss and Angee Linsey at PRSA 2017 International

David Weiss spoke with Angee Linsey of Linsey Careers about her session, “Make or Break Your First 90 Days, New Job, New Team, New Boss.” Angee talked about how people prepare for changes to their office environment whether it be a promotion, a new hire or a completely new job altogether.

“You know everybody has been in the position where they’re the new kid on the team, or they get promoted. And how do you handle that when you go from peer to boss? Or when you get a new boss and you don’t know what the new priorities are yet?”

DAVID WEISS: Hi, there. We’re at PRSA International 2017 in Boston. We’re talking with Angee Linsey from Linsey Careers. Angee just finished up a session called “Make or Break Your First 90 Days, New Job, New Team, New Boss.” Angee, tell us a little bit about what you were talking about to the group here

ANGEE LINSEY: Sure. So I just did a session on your first 90 days, whether it’s on a new– you just took a new job at a new company or maybe you got promoted or are taking over a different position within the same company or you get a new boss, which is something people don’t always think about how they can control what that first 90 days looks like with a new boss.

DAVID WEISS: Great. What were some of the reactions from some of the people that attended the session?

ANGEE LINSEY: Well, we had a lot of great questions, I think. You know everybody has been in the position where they’re the new kid on the team, or they get promoted. And how do you handle that when you go from peer to boss? Or when you get a new boss and you don’t know what the new priorities are yet?

So I try to walk people through kind of an eight processes that they could do in that first 90 days to set themselves up for success. And then a lot of people had very specific questions to their own circumstances. And we all have had stories where things didn’t go quite as we’d hoped that they would go. And so, hopefully, they got some tools to make it go better either in the future or in their current situation.

DAVID WEISS: Great. One last question. What do you find is maybe the most outstanding stigma when people start a new job? Something they should really particularly look out for or maybe plan ahead for?

ANGEE LINSEY: Stigma. I’m not sure if I know the answer for that piece. But I would say the most important thing anyone can do in a new job, whether it’s a new company or they are still in the same company but in a new role, and that is going a little listening tour. Set yourself up with some one-on-one meetings with all of the key stakeholders that you’re going to be interacting with, those people who are going to help you be successful in your job, or you’re going to help them be successful in their job. That listening tour is going to help you set priorities. It’s going to help get clarity. It’s going to help you know the organization and the leadership team and your own team.

DAVID WEISS: Terrific. Angee, thank you so much.

ANGEE LINSEY: Thank you.