One of the most important choices to make in taking over from a long-serving CEO is about posture. Are you easing in on your back foot, letting things evolve as they might? Are you moving in on your front foot, pushing for change? Or are you going to go in with a balanced posture, ready to lean in or back as appropriate?
This is a choice you should make during your Fuzzy Front End as you’re choosing your entry approach. The combination of the urgency of the organization’s need for change based on its business situation and cultural openness to change informs whether you should assimilate in, converge and evolve fast or slow or shock the organization.