30 60 90 Day Plan Template for New Managers

by Greg Skloot
Management   |   5 Min Read
30 60 90 Day Plan Template for New Managers

As a new manager, you are likely overwhelmed with responsibilities, from understanding the group dynamics of your team to identifying the important short term goals you need to achieve. Anytime I hire new managers, I ask them to prepare a 30 60 90 day plan. This is simply an outline of how they would onboard and become productive in the first 30, 60 and 90 days. If you’re a new manager and are being tasked with making a 30 60 90 day plan, here is a template and guidelines to help:

Before Starting

If you want to stand out and demonstrate dedication to you boss, include this bonus section, “Before Starting.” Leaders want anyone new, especially managers, to be able to hit the ground running the day they start. Prior to starting a new role, you may ask for:

In your plan, note that you’ll spend time researching before officially joining the team. This will take some extra effort on the nights and weekends, but will demonstrate that you are serious about your new management role.

First 30 Days

Discovery

On your first day and over the following month, the name of the game is “discovery.” Your goal is to learn as much as possible about the team and company. This means asking tons of questions, meeting with each employee or major stakeholder, getting first hand experience with the product and overall increasing your exposure to the operations of the organization. Some specific items you should include in your 30 60 90 day plan:

First 60 Days

Implementation

After the first 30 days, you should be getting pretty comfortable with understanding the company, product and team. It’s now time to begin implementing some changes. You spent time learning and likely have a page of notes on what works and doesn’t work for the team. It’s now time to put it into practice. Consider these items for implementation in your 30 60 90 day plan template:

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First 90 Days

Growth

Now that you’ve been in the manager role for two months, you are likely very comfortable with the team members and pace. It’s now time to make larger changes if needed since you’ve had plenty of time to gather data. Depending on your organization’s culture, you can determine what level of change would be appropriate. Consider these items for your plan:

Customize for your role

It’s important that you customize this template to include specifics about your role. For example, if you are joining the team as Director of Marketing, you should add marketing-specific initiatives, like personally writing blog posts, reviewing the marketing automation system, etc in addition to the more management-focused items included in this template.

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