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.