Your first day as CTO will define the course of your journey with the company and while you will be looking to make the right impact, there are certain things you will need to do in order to carve out your position within the company.  

Meet everyone

From stakeholders and shareholders to administrative and support staff, it is important to get to know the team you will be working with. Coordinating closely with them to build a good working relationship begins on your first day. Not only do you want to start off on the right foot, establishing a steady foothold begins with creating the right atmosphere and building the right framework for the organization’s success. 

Collect data

Make sure to do research on the small details before you get in to work. Knowing the key people, department heads, projects, and quarterly concerns allows you to hit the ground running. Being adequately prepared before you start your day goes a long way in setting the tone for the rest of the day. Communication is key and starting day one with that philosophy can do wonders. CTOs need to gain data on the ground realities of not only their own departments but also allied teams. The best thing you could do on your first day is to listen and understand. 

Understand your role

Every executive has a reasonable idea of the role expected from them and what they should expect from the organization before they start. But the first day can help clarify these notions and address any gaps by meeting with the team and establishing your proactivity within the organization. Identify the problem areas that come with the territory and which need to be collaboratively discussed to chart out a solution.  The first day is the right time to take stock of where the organization stands within its domain and where you are placed within it as well. 

Develop a vision for the company

Part of your role as CTO is developing a vision for the company and envisioning the future of the organisation with respect to new technologies, their development, and deployment. A CTO needs to have a thorough understanding of how the organization functions and work closely with other leaders within the company to develop a combined vision. The first day should give you a clear picture of where you want to be headed and what tools you want to employ to get there.