A new boss can be intimidating. If you want to break the ice and get off on the right foot, help them ease into their new situation with some quick and simple victories.
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Michael Watkins, author of The First 90 Days, suggests to Harvard Business Review that your focus should be on getting your new boss up to speed. Put yourself in their shoes and think of ways to make them feel more comfortable and in control:
You can say, ‘Look, here’s some low-hanging fruit you can focus on, some things that haven’t been addressed that would make a significant impact in a short period of time.’
Doing so will show your new boss that you’re a team player and that you’re willing to help. You don’t have to go overboard and suck up to them. Just let them know about easy wins and offer your help if they want it. You’ll establish a good rapport right off the bat.
How to Build a Strong Relationship with a New Boss [Harvard Business Review]