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What Really Happens in the 1st 90 Days

"All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten."

The first 90 days of employment are like the first 5 years of a child’s life. I prompted AI for a synopsis of early human development and here’s what it produced:

The first five years of a child's life are critical for the formation of their beliefs and attitudes. During this time, children are developing their sense of self, their understanding of the world around them, and their relationship with others.

Here are some ways in which beliefs are formed during this period:

1. Observing and modeling: Children learn by observing and imitating the behaviors and attitudes of those around them, particularly their parents and caregivers. Children may adopt the beliefs and attitudes of those they see as authority figures in their lives.

2. Language and communication: Language plays a crucial role in shaping a child's beliefs. Children are constantly learning new words and concepts, and the way in which language is used can influence their understanding of the world. For example, the way parents talk about different cultures and religions can shape a child's beliefs about diversity.

3. Culture and environment: The culture and environment in which a child is raised can also shape their beliefs. For example, if a child grows up in a family that values honesty and integrity, they are likely to develop similar beliefs.

4. Experiences and interactions: Children's experiences and interactions with others can also shape their beliefs. Positive experiences can reinforce positive beliefs, while negative experiences can lead to negative beliefs.

5. Cognitive development: As children's cognitive abilities develop, they become more capable of understanding abstract concepts and forming their own beliefs. For example, as children develop a theory of mind, they become more aware of other people's beliefs and are better able to understand and empathize with them.

Ok—let’s take this to work.

New leaders mature and develop in exactly the same way in relationship to their careers.

I could replace children with employees and caregivers with leaders and this passage would read perfectly.

But…. In the workplace this does not take 5 years. It takes 90 days. We are working in dog years folks.

The leaders in an organization have 90 days to create an environment for new leaders to: develop their sense of self, their understanding of the world around them, and their relationship with others.