I started a brand new job, ready to go, listened to the podcasts and have been a student of MT for awhile. I thought I had this in the bag!
Fast forward to my first day on the job. My boss announces his resignation as he introduces me to my team. He also tells me that I will be picking up two more directs who previously reported to another division, that one of them has been fired and her last day is in 2 weeks. He tells me to learn all I can from her so I can take on her role (in which I have zero experience) in addition to management of my directs.
I am learning as much as fast as I can, my team and peers are fantastic. I am so overwhelmed and inundated with requests I don't know which way is up. I'm not even sure who I report to right now.
Any advice on how to prioritize in the midst of a corporate upheaval?
First, Don't Panic
Start with the obvious....... Don't panic. You've identified the risks and gone for help, so that's a great first base.
A few things spring instantly to mind:
Take all that advice you've harvested from the podcasts and roll it out. The situation is far more complicated than you expected but the advice remains the same. Get building your relationships, get organised, establish the results that are expected from you and your team and execute.
Also, good luck and we're here for you!
Ditto Above, and Listen...
Concur with all that timrutter posted. I'd also say that this is actually a really good opportunity for you. Expect to put in some late nights or early mornings, depending on your preference, but as long as you over-communicate and are deliberate, you'll have proven yourself right off the bat to your organization.
Some other tips from someone who's gone through something very similar...
Good luck, my friend - let us known how you do.
Really good post Andrew, especially about the need to look after yourself in the middle of the maelstrom