First things first: learn your business. Understand how you make, move, and sell your product. Grasp what key business initiatives must be delivered, then fold in the people agenda to that strategy. The other small piece of advice I will offer is to ensure that you take care of the HR organization. We sit in the heart of the organization and if we are not healthy, no one else will be either. So staff properly and think about team capabilities to make sure you are taking care of the broader organization.
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