No Surprises Here
An article in the Economist (December 1, 2007) writes about embattled British prime minister Gordon Brown: “Yet governments can reach a tipping point after which they find it impossible to govern. People neither like nor trust politicians, but usually suspend their disbelief when a new lot takes over. Once it seems clear that a prime minister is unlikely to improve things, and may not even be around for long, that suspension is over: the civil service starts leaking; cabinet ministers start briefing; the press looks for bad-news stories; and government becomes defensive and unfocused.”
Sounds to me alot like a CEO’s first year…research has shown that by about nine months, employees have a second sense that things will either work or not work with their new chief executive. Proof again that those first three to six months for leaders can make or break their reputations. First impressions are very costly. No time to waste.