The actions you take during your first few months in a new job have a major impact on your success or failure. The biggest challenge leaders face during these periods is staying focused on the right things. So it helps to have a set of questions to guide you. Here are the five most important ones to ask…and to keep on asking on a regular basis:


How will I create value? 

How am I expected to behave? 

Whose support is critical? 

How will I get some early wins? 

What skills do I need to develop to excel in this role? 

Set aside 30 minutes at the end of each week to reflect on these questions and whether the answers are still clear or have changed in any way.

Doing so will enable you to stay on the right track through your transition and beyond.