BLUF: What if the Boss expects me to implement significant changes the day I start?
I will be starting a new position in August. I am really looking forward to it. It seems this is the job I have been looking for.
I was delighted to listen to the cast which said not to make any drastic changes right away. It makes a great deal of sense to get to know the company, people, culture and work attitude first and draw up a thorough analysis first before stepping in.
However, my new boss seems to think that I will be able to "straighten the bunch out" quite quickly and that I should go in there and teach them what they really should be doing.
I may be wrong, but that is what I read between the lines after several meetings with him, recently.
Sure, I can go in there like a bulldozer and have everything done my (or his) way, but I would rather build a foundation of trust first, with both the boss and my directs.
How can I best strike the balance and keep both sides happy?
I am thinking of meeting with the boss, the week before I start, explain what my plan is and why I would like to do it that way. I would like to suggest that I will provide an analysis of the situation after 2-3 months, including an action plan. I am not sure if he will go for it. He strikes me to be a guy that is always in the passing lane and wants things to happen over night. (He is a great guy otherwise).
Any thoughts or suggestions on this?
Kind regards form Europe.