I am grateful to Bruce MacEwen for drawing Patrick McKenna's new e-book, The First 100 Days: Transitioning a New Managing Partner, to my attention. The book, available for free download, is short but interesting. The key steps are defined as:
1. Begin Before The Handoff (during the countdown before you officially take office)
- Position yourself as a leader who is eager to listen to the opinions of your peers
- Build a working relationship with the departing Managing Partner
- Create constructive dialogue with key thought leaders and power brokers within your firm
- Tie up loose ends with key clients
- Try to deal with sensitive problems before you take office.
2. Plug Your Gaps
- Figure out what you need to know and learn it as rapidly as you can
- Establish your advice network.
3. Establish Performance Standards
- Negotiate your specific metrics for success.
4. Seize Your Day
- Pay attention to personal habits
- Make symbolic gestures
- Convey basic information.
5. Set Your Agenda
- Identify your one burning imperative
- Get critical partner buy-in
- Develop an action plan to implement your initiative
- Launch a pilot project.
6. Exploit Early Successes
- Identify something that would not have happened had it not been for your burning imperative.