Supporting the New Boss
Happy Power Move Monday everyone. Today I am going to talk about the fact that there’s a new president at my college. She happens to be a black woman. She’s obviously been making power moves throughout her career, recently coming out of the Obama administration as an asst attorney general under Eric Holder. Her very survival in her career may have been one giant power move!
She’s been at my college 3 weeks and has already made a huge splash. First thing she did was host a meet and greet for anyone who worked at the college. As you walked into the building, she welcomed you, shook your hand, asked you what you did and then spent another 2 or 3 minutes chatting it up. In my case, I asked for a photo with her and she happily obliged. It was a very simple but impactful opportunity. I know how many of you hate small talk, but would you have really wanted to miss an opportunity to get in front of a new president simply because you hate small talk? Think about it.
The second thing she did put us all at ease at least for now. Obviously we have no idea yet her plan of action or future strategy. And this second power move is going to sound really simple and maybe even benign. But I would say it has gone a long way especially with my younger colleagues. She has asked the staff to call her by her first name. No hesitation. No hang-ups. As a matter of fact, the only hang ups about this are from the staff!
The third and final power move is not hers. It’s yours. When her plan is finally set into motion, your role will be to ask, “How can I help you execute it,” not to complain and belly ache. Call me what you will, but being the president of a college is daunting enough. It is highly political, bureaucratic and CYA (cover your ass). So give the new boss the benefit of the doubt. If after a year you are truly and sincerely unhappy with the direction that your college or company is going, and that is certainly valid and possible, consider your next career power move. Because it’s unlikely the new president or CEO is going to go anywhere. It will have to be you that leaves. And that’s not a terrible thing if indeed that’s the next step. But we’ll get to that in future power moves.
#powermovemonday #solutionsnot resolutions You got this.