Sharpening Your Skills: Making a Fast Start on a New Job

Everyone has to begin a new job—even presidents! We look to the archives for what Harvard Business School experts have recommended for making a splashy start.
by Sean Silverthorne

One skill every new employee must master is getting a fast start. Here are stories from the archives on what Harvard Business School faculty have advised about hitting the ground running.

A Fast Start On Your New Job

Your first 90 days in a new position are fraught with peril—and loaded with opportunity.

How Female Stars Succeed in New Jobs

Women who are star performers on Wall Street tend to fare better than men after changing jobs. Why? They place greater emphasis than men on external business relationships and conduct better research on potential employers.

Career Advancement Without Experience

Lacking experience, contract workers find it difficult to advance to a job with expanded responsibilities. But it can be done. Research into the the concept of "stretchwork."

Reflecting on Work Improves Job Performance

Recent research shows that taking time to reflect on our work improves job performance in the long run.

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Leaders rarely make a lasting impact on their organizations—even the really, really good ones. Then out of the blue comes a Churchill.

Is it Worth a Pay Cut to Work for a Great Manager (Like Bill Belichick)?

Few of us want to take less money to move to another organization, but research shows hooking up with the right manager—whether in sports or business—can quickly increase your value even if your pay is less.

Horrible Boss Workarounds

Common bad-boss behaviors, and how you can mobilize colleagues to overcome the roadblocks.

What Happens When Zambian Schoolgirls Receive Negotiation Training

Teaching negotiation skills to young Zambian women can greatly improve their health and educational outcomes.

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