Sonya Shelton CEO of Executive Leadership Consulting Reveals Eight Traps That Can Derail a Career in the First 100 Days

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Changing jobs can be exciting but also stressful. For the best chances of career success when taking on a new role, Executive Leadership Consulting offers a list of eight traps that can derail a career.

Sonya Shelton

Sonya Shelton

Be sure that you know what your leadership really expects from you.

According to the Society for Human Resources, 25 percent of the US population experiences a job transition every year. Unfortunately, many of these transitions are not successful. In fact, half of outside senior hires fail within 18 months.

Don’t be a statistic. According to Executive Leadership Consulting CEO Sonya Shelton, the following are eight traps that can derail a career in the crucial first 100 days in a new role:

1.    Failure to clarify expectations. While the formal job description lists expectations, there are also informal expectations that aren’t put on paper. Be sure that you know what your leadership really expects from you.

2.    Failure to understand your new manager and his (or her) style and needs. The first 100 days is the time to build a strong relationship with your new manager. What makes him tick? What drives him? How can you best adapt to his communication and decision-making style?

3.    Not building credibility and trust with employees. Each employee is different. The first 100 days is an important time to assess your team and set strategies to engage employees.

4.    Being perceived as eccentric. Take time to learn the culture and fit in.

5.    Aligning with the right players. The first 100 days gives you the opportunity to understand the informal power structure in the organization. Who are the up and comers? Who is on their way out?

6.    Step on political landmines. Unless you are specifically expected to go after sacred cows in the organization, tread wisely during your first 100 days.

7.    Taking abrupt action without taking the time to learn. Give yourself enough time to observe and understand why things are the way they are.

8.    Failure to continue to develop. As Marshall Goldsmith’s book title says, “What got you here won’t get you there.” During your transition period, be humble enough to identify new skills, knowledge, and relationships that will help you continue to progress in your career.

To learn more about making effective transitions, contact Executive Leadership Consulting at, and be sure to download our free insights paper “Starting Strong: 4 Keys to Success in Your New Executive Position” by clicking here.

About Executive Leadership Consulting
Sonya Shelton, CEO and founder of Executive Leadership Consulting, is the author of the #1 Amazon bestselling book “You’re an Executive, But Are You a Leader?” As an international speaker and consultant, she shows managers and executives how to increase their leadership effectiveness so they can boost their professional and business results. Executive Leadership Consulting offers workshops and coaching programs designed to develop leadership capability at all levels of the organization. Shelton designed the programs at Executive Leadership Consulting based on her more than 25 years experience as a leader in a variety of companies and industries, including the high-paced fields of publishing, advertising, and entertainment. She has worked as an executive coach and consultant with companies around the world from start-ups to Fortune 100 corporations, including Disney, Nestlé, and Microsoft.

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