A Checklist for Someone About to Take on a Tougher Job

Careers involve numerous transitions when we “step up” into a new role, typically one with greater rewards, bigger responsibilities, and higher stakes. We’re well aware that these opportunities come as the result of effort and diligence in our previous role, but we can fail to appreciate how much hard work is required after we’ve made the transition to ensure that it’s a successful one. The senior leaders in my coaching practice and my MBA students at Stanford are often in the midst of one of these transitions, and my work with them has highlighted a set of issues that we should address when stepping up, along with a corresponding set of critical questions to ask along the way as a kind of “stepping up checklist.”

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