If anyone can attest to the value of executing within the first 90 days of joining a new company, it’s Nicholas Colisto, who interviewed more than 100 business peers upon joining Avery Dennison as CIO in early 2018. The consensus from his findings was clear: Staff sought to be more innovative when it came to injecting digital capabilities into the $7.5 billion provider of label technologies and adhesives.
“There was an appetite, ambition and desire to operate more as a digital business,” according to Colisto, who took his cues from reading The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, the seminal onboarding tome by Michael D. Watkins. “But we knew we couldn’t just sell digital products overnight.”
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