In our first 90 days in a new
role, we make choices about who to prioritize, which sets the foundation for
future success. When new hires and newcomers initiate relationships critical to
success, they jump-start their productivity and inclusion into valued networks.
However, they rarely know how to do this.
Early on, some people
prioritize visibility or access to formal stakeholders and gaining political
support. Others believe they must hit the ground running and choose to focus
only on doing work with their immediate team. Still others may prioritize
meeting a lot of people but neglect the specific network-building that could
enable rapid integration into the organization and shorten their time from
entry to productivity.
While these steps may have
been conventional wisdom decades ago when we worked in smaller, co-located
teams—the explosive increase in the collaborative intensity of work and the
dramatic rise in remote and globally distributed teamwork, now challenges this
approach that doesn’t consider the incredible effect that social network now
play in our success.