2. Meet with Your People Individually

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2. Meet with Your People Individually

Don't judge the holdovers, at least not initially. Instead, give everyone a clean slate, no matter what you've heard. Remember, all your reports will be on their best behavior initially. You represent a fresh start; they want to be seen in the best light. So give them plenty of one-on-one time early. Learn about their history and aspirations. Watch them in action to see who'll tell the truth, help, or inevitably disappoint. Most important, get buy-in from your stars and respected veterans. Without their support, few others will follow.