A final component in the McKinsey report on successful C-level transitions dealt with self-management.  Just over half of the executives in the study reported they spent too little time preparing for the personal demands and their own readiness in the new positions. The executives with the most successful transitions, however, spent more time than others preparing for their roles. In fact, they were 1.6 times more likely to report proficiency in the key skills for their jobs. Additionally, they reported doing a much better job than others of understanding their unique role on the executive team. These respondents were also twice as likely as their peers to say that during their transitions, they had time to focus completely on the issues they alone could influence.