Congratulations! You’ve just been named Chief Operating Officer. You’ve got this. The path is clear. Just do more of what you’ve done before. Right? Maybe. Amazingly enough, not all Chief Operating Roles are the same. There are dramatic differences between different roles with the same title, requiring different approaches to onboarding for you to be successful. This article highlights what you need to do.

The four mandatories of executive onboarding generally apply: 1) Get a head start (and build relationships.) 2) Manage the message, (setting up a shared imperative.) 3) Set direction and build the team (from imperative through role sort.) 4) Sustain momentum and deliver results (with milestones and early wins.)

The priorities are going to be different for different remits.

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