Case Study: Making the first 90 Days a slam-dunk


The Client: When Nathan and his family moved to Australia from overseas he left behind a large and well known organisation he’d been with for over a decade and a half, and one that he was absolutely dedicated to. When we first spoke he’d just learned that he had been successful in securing a new role in a well respected small organisation. He would be moving within the nonprofit sector, but it was his first CEO role and a change of focus. Nathan had heard good things about Leadership Space and decided to ask the Chair of the new organisation if they would include a First 90 Days package as part of his joining. They agreed.

The Journey:  In our first session Nathan and I talked about his strengths, and reflected on the areas he might need to consciously watch. Introducing a personality profiling model, allowed him to quickly hone in on what kind of leader he wanted to be and the ways he was going to balance out his style in his new role. He firmed up how he was going to approach his first few days. Unpacking his areas of confidence opened up the question of motivation. He had been so committed to his previous organisation. What would it take to feel that way again? Did he need to feel that strongly to perform? He reflected on his needs and drivers and how they had changed. As Nathan and I worked together over the 3 subsequent sessions, we honed in on strategic topics, using our time to map the business and its context, and helicopter up out of the detail he’d been absorbing in the intervening times. Unpacking these topics allowed all the thinking he’d been doing to get out of his head, into a structured framework and be challenged for gaps and blind spots, prioritised and accounted for.

The Outcome: Nathan comfortably passed his first 90 days, building strong relationships with the Board, gaining the allegiance of the existing senior managers. He was able to quickly and confidently move to building up the internal team, make tough decisions, and focus on building up his grasp of the local players, policy environment and opportunities. He’s got a role he can make a difference in, work-life balance, and the stimulation he needs.

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