How in your past career did you prepare for the arrival of a new boss from outside the organization?

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Community Manager (IT and InfoSec) in Travel and Hospitality, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
given some of your recent activity, I thought this question on preparing for a new boss from outside the org might be up your alley. Would love to know your thoughts on this!
Chair and Professor, Startup CTO in Education, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
Prepare for a culture clash! Every boss is different. Most of them come with ideas on how to transfer the organization they are joining. That transformation typically needs a culture shift which can be pleasant or painful. I enjoyed a few transitions in my career. A lot of times they work out nicely. 
Secure Facilities Information Technology Manager in Manufacturing, Self-employed
I like to believe that a new boss selected from outside our organization means that this person is bringing a fresh perspective along with some innovative ideas to our group, which means that I need to be receptive of their thoughts on our current processes and business decisions. I may not agree with them completely, but I should be willing to work with and along side them to foster a positive environment as they assimilate into our organization. 
CEO in Software, 11 - 50 employees
An employee's (mine) perspective on a new boss is often colored by a combination of factors:
1. How good/bad was the old boss
2. How much trust do you have in the execs making hiring decisions
3. How much involvement (as a future direct report) did you have in the selection
4. Are you excited about the progress currently being made by your organization and or do you have a huge project you're about to get approved? 
5. Worry over whether the new boss will bring in direct reports from previous roles?
6. Excitement over the potential to introduce new ideas and create deeper ties between the team and business success.
7. Etc., etc.. 

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CTO in Software, 201 - 500 employees
Without a doubt - Technical Debt! It's a ball and chain that creates an ever increasing drag on any organization, stifles innovation, and prevents transformation.
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