Top 10 Questions an Incoming CEO Should Ask – from McKinsey & Co.

Guest Post by Gary Cohen

CEO transition checklist

1. Have I reflected on the context of my transition—not just from my own perspective, but from that of all key stakeholders?

2. Have I established in my own mind the time frame and intended outcomes of my leadership transition?

3. Have I established my initial set of priorities with a full understanding of what others expect of me?

4. How will I control my agenda and allocate my time?

5. Have I developed a clear process and time frame for selecting my top team?

6. Have I committed sufficiently to building a relationship with my chairman and board?

7. Do I have a mechanism for building the necessary support office and infrastructure?

8. Have I thought through my communications plan internal and external?

9. Do I have a mechanism for getting balanced feedback and information?

10. Have I established appropriate personal ground rules?

What questions would you add?

Gary B. Cohen

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gary B. Cohen is  is Managing Partner of  co2partners,” operating as an executive coach and consultant. He is the author of Just Ask Leadership.   As President and Co-founder of ACI Telecentrics, Inc., Gary Cohen grew the company from two people to 2,200 employees.

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