This article provides nine critical moments that CHROs face in their transition and offers ideas to speed up their effectiveness to full productivity nine months before less-prepared peers. It bases the nine tactics on Gartner’s research and ranges from 1) Set a clear strategy for your listening tour, 7) Generate credibility and momentum with a quick win, and 8) Elevate talent discussions with the Board. Concerning #8, I believe Boards will want more oversight on talent issues considering the talent and workplace challenges that have been exposed throughout the pandemic. This oversight will extend to a post-pandemic world and will go beyond traditional topics such as succession planning. As CHROs (both newly transitioned and tenured) create opportunities to elevate talent and workforce discussions with their Boards’, they can check out a previous post I made on a Deloitte article. It includes 14 questions that the Board asks about the workforce, including What measures are we tracking to give us real-time insight on the sentiments of the workforce—both internal and external?