Feb 19

The other night, my wife and I had dinner with my former manager. He has always been a student of business and provides great insight.

In his last interview, he was asked by the CIO what the first priority would be upon taking over the position he was interviewing for. His answer: “Do no harm.”

Think about that for a minute. Don’t make things worse by showing up. Don’t immediately shake up the troops so their work would be harmed.

Sure, as a leader, you will have to work initiatives, bring about change, and grow your team. But first, do no harm.

Yes, he got the job.


About the Author

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.