I am big believer in the MT way of management and felt lucky to find the cast "the first rule for new managers" (3/23/08) right before I was moving into a new company in a District manager position. I was transferring from the same position at the chief competitor.
The core of the "first rule" is essentially resist making changes or implementing new processes for 90 days. Though that guidance struck me hard since it is the exact opposite of my natural inclination developed mainly from military and founding/managing small businesses. I cannot help myself from making mental business improvements in my head in almost every restaurant I visit or hotel lobby that I stand in. I acknowledge that this is something that I need to temper and moderate.
However, I had to post my first question to the group here because I cannot believe that I am alone in feeling like the advice from this cast is just not possible in today's business optemo. I also cannot believe that I am alone in thinking that extending the normal "keep your eyes open, ask questions, and listen" phase of a new leadership position to a full quarter.
Please reply and tell me if I am wrong. If I am, then I really need to change my whole style and approach to a new leadership role. Starting with my cadet days, I learned that you always start a new leadership role with humility and respect for the organization by listening and staying "in curiosity" rather than "in judgement" ... And in the case of he army, you better be working everything with you Senior Sergeant. However, if you go 90 days before making corrections and fixing systems, you have gone 90 days without doing your duty.
In my current role, I manage an oil and gas field labor force and heavy equipment. It is a 24 hour high-risk optemo. In a 3 month waiting period, it is fully conceivable to have at least 1 job process failure that carries with it 7-figure financial exposure, not to mention the risk of serious injuries if management is not diligent and on point vigilantly.
I really did try but after a couple weeks, i couldn't sit on my hands and postpone systematic improvements to improve our execution. I am now doing a candid self evaluation of this decision and would really benefit from this groups' perspective on the 90 day rule.
Thanks in advance,