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Executive Onboarding

Curating Relationship Building to Accelerate Onboarding

George Bradt | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business
George Bradt

The heart of leaderships is relationships. If you can't connect with others, you can't lead them. This is why the core of a strong onboarding program ...

The Secret to Success in an Interim Leadership Role

George Bradt | Posted 10.29.2014 | Business
George Bradt

Must be strategic. But may not be the one who sees the strategy through. Must build the organization. But may be building it for someone else. Must manage the operations. But unpopular edicts can be delayed until the permanent leader shows up.

Multiple New Hires? Consider Batch Onboarding NOW.

George Bradt | Posted 11.30.2014 | Business
George Bradt

Onboarding groups of people together has efficiency and effectiveness advantages. Batch onboarding makes better use of the time of all those involved ...

How To Survive A Bad Boss: Learnings From Hewlett-Packard's Mike Nefkens

George Bradt | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business
George Bradt

Mike Nefkens' story of surviving at HP by engaging in his own style of leadership, allowed his team and business to thrive. Bringing in your own style can help guide you through similar challenges by clarifying what matters and why, pausing to accelerate, and rallying the team around the cause.

Lessons for First-Time CEOs from Medifast's Mike MacDonald

George Bradt | Posted 10.19.2014 | Business
George Bradt

Three core premises are applicable to first-time leaders, to first-time CEOs, and to everyone going into new leadership roles. Mike MacDonald learned ...

Why Walmart Had to Fire U.S. Head Bill Simon

George Bradt | Posted 10.06.2014 | Business
George Bradt

It should not be a surprise that Walmart just fired its US head, Bill Simon. First, it's the logical next step in new CEO Doug McMillon's onboarding a...

What McDonald Must Do in His First 100 Days to Shock the VA

George Bradt | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business
George Bradt

The VA's actions and inactions have directly hurt its primary customers. If there ever was a time to shock an organization for its own good, McDonald is walking into that time.

Onboarding Options When Face-to-Face Onboarding Is Not an Option

George Bradt | Posted 08.24.2014 | Business
George Bradt

Onboarding done well involves aligning, acquiring, accommodating, assimilating and accelerating new team members, whether they come from outside or inside the organization.

What Derek Fisher Must Do to Build a Knicks Basketball Championship Culture

George Bradt | Posted 08.17.2014 | Business
George Bradt

A championship culture is different than a winning culture. If Derek Fisher can keep that and everything else Phil Jackson helped him learn in mind, he can build a championship culture in the New York Knicks basketball team. This is the key to long-term success.

The Only Real Question Anyone Has About Any Change You Lead

George Bradt | Posted 08.03.2014 | Business
George Bradt

The questions come in every size and shape. "What's the vision?" "What's our plan?" "What are you thinking?" "What do you want us to do?" "How can we ...

New Ford CEO Fields Versus General Motors CEO Barra: Operator Versus Bureaucrat

George Bradt | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
George Bradt

Ford's new CEO Mark Fields and General Motors' Mary Barra both are corporate insiders who have earned their roles over time. Barra has been a function...

Want The Best From Contractors? Deploy Two-Way Onboarding.

George Bradt | Posted 06.30.2014 | Business
George Bradt

Making the best use of contractors often requires integrating them into operations and the corporate culture. Not addressing these challenges risks co...

Driving Growth Across Industries With The What, How And Who Approach

George Bradt | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
George Bradt

Consider the "What, How and Who" approach to driving growth through high-performing teams. David Berg has used it successfully across several differen...

Top 100 Ideas And Quotes For First-Time Leaders

George Bradt | Posted 06.02.2014 | Business
George Bradt

As a refresher on the fundamentals of leadership, this highlights 100 of the best ideas and quotes for first-time leaders from my New Leader's Playboo...

Want Your New Employees' Personal Commitment? Take Their Onboarding Personally

George Bradt | Posted 05.19.2014 | Business
George Bradt

You get the employee engagement you deserve. If you don't engage with them, they won't engage with you. If all you need is compliance, indirect commun...

Three Things First-Time Leaders Should Know

George Bradt | Posted 04.28.2014 | Business
George Bradt

The number one problem first-time leaders face is failing to understand that leading requires entirely different strengths than does doing or managing...

Former Yahoo! COO Henrique de Castro Hit Two of the Three Main Causes of Executive Onboarding Failure

George Bradt | Posted 03.24.2014 | Business
George Bradt

It's not a surprise that Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer has fired COO Henrique de Castro. He does not seem to have fit into the culture she's trying to build, and he certainly did not deliver the results he needed to deliver. That's two out of the three main reasons for executive onboarding failure.

When and How to Shock an Organization for Its Own Good

George Bradt | Posted 03.10.2014 | Business
George Bradt

As an executive onboarding into a new role, sometimes you can assimilate into the organization at your leisure. Most of the time the best approach is ...

The Most Important Secrets to Succeeding in a New Job

George Bradt | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
George Bradt

Three executive onboarding ideas have reduced the rate of failure for new executives from 40 percent to below 10 percent: Get a head start. Manage the...

How to Bridge Unanticipated Discontinuities

George Bradt | Posted 02.10.2014 | Business
George Bradt

Staying ahead of the curve can make all the difference in managing through unexpected shifts. When Mike Beckley and his three Appian co-founders set o...

Three Different Approaches to CEO Succession at Walmart, Kroger and Microsoft... Which Is Best?

George Bradt | Posted 02.03.2014 | Business
George Bradt

CEO succession is a big deal. The best-run companies and boards invest a lot of time and energy to think it through in advance, and do everything they...

Ben & Jerry's, Unilever And The 'Flavor Graveyard' Of Past CEOs

George Bradt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
George Bradt

Ben & Jerry's CEO Jostein Solheim should not have been able to assimilate into the culture at the company, but he did. His story provides a great exam...

What Your Company Can Learn From Fast Food And 'Fast & Furious'

George Bradt | Posted 11.04.2013 | Business
George Bradt

Not all changes need to be revolutionary. Sometimes the best choice is to stick with a winning formula and continue to evolve it to keep it fresh. (Se...

Onboarding -- Are We Doing it Right?

Michele Masterfano | Posted 09.09.2013 | Business
Michele Masterfano

One time on a transfer, I was given my desk, a phone, a laptop, and a list of training courses I'd need to complete. No one asked me to lunch, only a few people came by to say hello. It was fairly isolating. You tend to remember these experiences for a long time.

Promoting From Within: Onboarding Risks For Wal-Mart's Next CEO

George Bradt | Posted 08.03.2013 | Business
George Bradt

As Anne Fisher reminded us in Fortune, 40 percent of new leaders fail in their first 18 months. Generally this is because they don't fit, fail to deli...