The First 100 Days of Leadership

Your first 100 days as a leader are critical and can largely determine whether you succeed or fail in the new role. Small differences in early actions can have tremendous impact in the long-term. This session will equip new or aspiring leaders, with the tools and strategies to transition effectively. You will learn to avoid early mistakes that might cause a vicious downward spiral and instead get the early wins needed to create the positive momentum that will propel you to success.

Session Audience 

Whole School 

Session Goals 

Participants will learn the skills needed to take charge effectively and develop transition competence. They will explore ways they can shorten the time it takes for them to go from a learner of the new job to a leader and contributor in the new job.


  • Explore the reasons some new leaders are successful immediately and why others fail from the start.
  • Develop an onboarding plan that includes
    • Preparing yourself
    • A structured approach to learning
    • Managing your new boss
    • Securing early wins
    • Building your team and creating alliances

About Tico

Tico Oms is the Middle School Principal at the International School of Basel (ISB). 

Prior to joining ISB, Tico was the Deputy Principal after having served as Middle School Dean of Students at the International School Bangkok(ISB), and was responsible for maintaining ISB’s positive, caring, and supportive student culture and learning environment.  From 2006-2015 Tico served in a variety of roles, including Middle School Deputy Principal, Associate Director for Extended Learning and Department Chair at the Singapore American School. As the Associate Director of Extended Learning, Tico launched the High School research and development initiative, organizing and attending visits with dozens of exemplary and innovative schools around the world. As Deputy Principal, Tico also led the Middle School through its research and development process, again leading visits dozens of innovative middle schools throughout the world and using those lessons to guide and implement improvements throughout the school.

Prior to his teaching career, Tico had a successful business career, working as regional Asia Pacific product marketing manager for Dell Computer Corporation; vice president of operations for Siam2You Company in Thailand; vice president for business development for Mweb Corporation; and as an engineer at LTV Aerospace & Defense Corporation in Texas.

Tico is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education which he attended on a mid-career scholarship. He received his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received a Consortium Fellowship. He has taught in Berlin, Germany; Massachusetts, USA; and Osaka, Japan. Tico speaks Spanish, Japanese, and Thai.