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The Power of a 100-Day Plan in Your New Job Replenishing the Teflon

The Power of a 100-Day Plan in Your New Job Replenishing the Teflon

by Bill Zachry, SCIF Board Member


Teflon and the first 100 days. Everyone who starts in a new company or gets a new role is given an allotment of “teflon” when they start.

This “teflon” usually is in the form of deferential treatment, and latitude to do new things and make mistakes. Starting a new job can be both exhilarating and overwhelming. In this period of transition, one invaluable tool that can set you on the path to success is a well- thought-out 100-day plan. This document will guide you through the importance of a 100-day plan and how to create one tailored to your new role. It has been my experience that a well-conceived and implemented 100 day plan helps keep the teflon beyond the first 100- days.

The Significance of the First 100 Days

The first 100 days in a new job are akin to a “honeymoon period.” You have a unique opportunity to make a lasting impression, set the stage for your tenure, and establish credibility. Just as a new CEO’s initial actions can determine their success, your actions in these early days can shape your career trajectory within the organization.

Create a written plan for you to follow during your first 100 days. Make sure that it includes the following:

  • Listen and Learn (Days 1-10)

Start by listening more than talking. Absorb information about your role, colleagues, and the organization’s culture. Take notes to capture valuable insights and to remember key details about your co-workers as well as the nuances of the job.

  • Building Relationships (Days 11-30)

Connect with your colleagues, understand their expectations, and establish trust. Avoid making radical changes in this phase, and acknowledge what’s working well. Always recognize good work and give acknowledgment to the people and their superiors about what a great job they have done to help your first days at the company.

  • Continuous Learning (Days 31-60)

Stay informed about the organization by reading newsletters, visiting websites, and monitoring industry trends. Seek clarification from your manager regarding performance expectations.

  • Personal Growth (Days 61-90)

Invest in your professional development. Subscribe to relevant blogs, join industry associations, and identify areas where you can improve your skills.

The Benefits of a 100-Day Plan

  • Clarity: A well-structured plan provides clear direction and goals for your early days in the job.
  • Adaptability: It helps you adapt quickly to the organization’s culture, expectations, and challenges.
  • Visibility: Demonstrating initiative through your plan will positively influence how colleagues perceive you.
  • Professional Development: A 100-day plan encourages continuous learning and growth.

Conclusion In the whirlwind of starting a new job, a 100-day plan can be your compass. It keeps you on track, guides your actions, and ensures you make the most of the crucial first 100 days. Whether you’re a new CEO or an entry-level employee, taking the time to prepare and execute a well-crafted plan can set you on a path to long- term success.

Remember, success in a new job is not just about what you achieve but also about how you navigate the journey. So, embrace your first 100 days with a plan, and watch your career flourish.

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