The strategy included "how I would invest my time and the key people I needed to connect with — the leadership team, employees, key customers, investors, partners and the board."
On his first day, he started making those changes happen.
2. He prioritizes employees
A former colleague of Johnson named Brad Brooks, who worked with Johnson during his time at Microsoft and Juniper Networks, says he makes a point of encouraging employees to become part of the company's growth.
"There are few people you would strap on your soldier gear and go to war with," Brooks tells USA Today. "Kevin is one of them."
Former Microsoft manager Sheila Gulati told Geek Wire that Johnson started an internal program where any employee could submit an application for funds to create his or her own project. Johnson's open-minded approach encouraged professionals to be innovative and collaborative.
At Juniper Networks, part of his strategy as a newly-hired CEO, he says, was to meet with and learn from as many employees as he could.
3. He sees technology as a crucial part of business
Though Johnson started his career as an engineer at IBM, he doesn't consider himself a techie.
But his leadership roles in marketing and sales involved working closely with tech-focused teams, and this showed him how essential technology is to business growth, he writes in a post on Starbucks' website.
At Juniper Networks, Johnson said he felt responsible to "create the conditions" for his team to " innovate and create new products and technologies," according to his McKinsey post.