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The Transition Triangle

Any leader moving into a new role must consider the operational, strategic, and symbolic elements of the transition when determining how best to use their time and energy. In my experience, most leaders focus on the operational aspects. However, for executive leaders, focusing on operations early in a transition actually has the least impact on moving the organization. Communication and creating a sense of connection to you—as both a person and a leader—are more critical. Focusing on these more symbolic elements allows you to galvanize the organization around a common purpose and build the momentum that will sustain you over the long term.

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