I have a new team…now what?


During my first few years in EHS, I struggled with the constant change in team makeup. Here’s one method that helped me move past the change to deliver real value.

In The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, Updated and Expanded, author Michael Watkins offers six criteria for team and direct report evaluation. Each manager should rank each quality according to relative weight in their organization. The criteria are: Competence, Judgment, Energy, Focus, Relationships, and Trust.

Which matter most to you (label them 1-6)?

Which is a quality that must be there, otherwise nothing else matters (called a Threshold issue)?

Now look at the criteria you numbered 4-6. Does this point out possible blind spots in your internal evaluation matrix? Possibly something you undervalue in a team member?

For more on managing change in an organization, you’ll also want to read the chapters on STARS, building credibility, and negotiating success with your supervisor.

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