By Claire West
A GROWING number of senior executives in Britain and Ireland are signing up to a unique programme which is geared towards helping them achieve the best possible results in their first 100 days in a new role.
The phenomenon, more commonly associated with the inauguration of a new President of the United States, is seen as increasingly important in the world of business and commerce.
While US Presidents have long been judged on their first 100 days in office, today’s business leaders are now coming under similar scrutiny.
First 100, an executive leadership and performance acceleration consultancy with its head office in London, has delivered its programme to a number of corporate clients including Accenture, Vodafone, Telefonica 02, John West Foods, Sun Life and Merck.
The company uses a mix of workshops, planning and coaching to ensure clients develop and deliver a robust First 100 Days plan which encompasses the individual, role, organisation and market-place. Among the issues tackled is the need for a clear vision, strong self-management, understanding an organisation’s politics, an ability to bring people with you and the need to get fast results.
There are a range of scenarios in which the programme works effectively including external recruits, internal promotions, returners to work, new team formation, the start of a new financial year and the aftermath of a major change such as a merger.
Niamh O’Keeffe, Founder and Managing Director of First 100, said: “A few decades ago, investors sought ten year strategic plans, then five year and subsequently three and two year plans were in vogue.
“Today, the pressure facing senior business leaders has never been greater with companies and shareholders demanding better and faster results than ever before.”
Niamh, who has written a book “Got Promoted? Get Promoted (Again)” to help business leaders make the most of their first 100 days, added: “The impact of the global recession has simply intensified the expectations on our senior executives to deliver — and quickly — and the growing number of organisations asking us to work with them is an indication that the US phenomenon of the First 100 Days is gaining real momentum in Britain and Ireland.”
Tony Hanway, a Director with Telefonica 02, said: “Surprisingly, very few companies invest the required time and money to ensure newly appointed executives get off to a successful start. By providing a practical and challenging framework, First 100 ensured our senior executives get the support they need.”
Mark Spelman, Global Head of Strategy with Accenture, said: “The global business landscape has become much more uncertain and volatile. Leaders have to combine setting direction with operational agility, managing risk and building new teams.”