Your First Month as a New Chief of Staff: How to Get It Right from the Start



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Learn what you need to get off to a flying start in your role as Chief of Staff.

A successful Chief of Staff juggles many priorities, communicates effectively across various channels, and has a clear understanding of roles and responsibilities. Taking steps to get clarity regarding your role, engage with stakeholders, and learn the expectations of the President when you first come into the role can ensure a smooth transition for all parties involved and help expedite your effectiveness and impact.

In this one-hour training, our expert, Max Allen, will highlight the three key considerations to get right during your first month as Chief of Staff. You will leave this webcast feeling more confident to do what is necessary to pave the way to success in your new role.


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Who Should Attend

If you have recently been promoted to Chief of Staff or a similar role of support for a President, Chancellor, or Provost, and you are charged with implementing initiatives across constituents, you will benefit from this training.



Our expert instructor will discuss the following key considerations:

  • Understanding the nuances of your path to Chief of Staff
    Your path to your current role as Chief of Staff will greatly impact your initial steps during the first month. You may have come into your role through various avenues. In this first session, we will discuss the nuances of these different paths and how they inform your first action items.


  • Understanding the responsibilities and limits of your role
    In this second section, we will discuss initial questions to ask so that you have a firm understanding of your role in internal and external communications and supervisory responsibilities.


  • Managing your office’s budget
    In our final section, we will talk about strategies and steps to take with financial officers so that you are informed and are able to make budget decisions based on the priorities of your President or leader.



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Max Allen

Vice President and Chief of Staff, Clemson University

Since his arrival at Clemson University in June 2015, Max Allen has helped strengthen the overall national reputation and awareness of the Clemson brand. He serves as the chief advisor to President Clements and is the primary liaison with the vice presidents and other direct reports to the president. Under his leadership, he has helped design and implement the Clemson Forward strategic plan, coordinated a strategic reorganization of the campus diversity efforts, served as the primary liaison with key community leaders and partners, served as a member of the university’s crisis decision team, and helped with the successful completion of the $1 billion “Will to Lead” capital campaign.

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