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Executive Onboarding

New Bosses Mean New Rules -- Here's How To Adapt.

George Bradt | Posted 01.02.2017 | Business
George Bradt

Every organization has written and unwritten rules. Written rules and policies require written changes, which are generally shared and acknowledged. W...

Happy New Year. Time Is Running Out To Get A Head Start.

George Bradt | Posted 12.21.2016 | Business
George Bradt

If you can make (and keep) one New Year's resolution, resolve to get a head start. The advantages of getting a head start are almost unfair. 40% of ne...

Why The Fundamental Strategic Choice Is Between Converging And Diverging

George Bradt | Posted 12.01.2016 | Business
George Bradt

At its heart, strategy is a series of choices across converging to be like others and diverging to be different from them. The areas in which you choo...

What Every New Government Leader Should Put In His Or Her 100-Day Action Plan

George Bradt | Posted 11.16.2016 | Business
George Bradt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt set a high bar for what he got done in his first 100-days. Since then, newly elected government officials at every level hav...

How Should American Express Feel About Al Kelly Taking Over As CEO Of Visa

George Bradt | Posted 10.26.2016 | Business
George Bradt

One of the questions leaders need to ask when they are losing an employee is how they will feel if he or she goes to work for a competitor. If the emp...

How To Balance Collaboration And Decision-Making In A Matrix Organization

George Bradt | Posted 08.17.2016 | Business
George Bradt

The difference between more and less effective matrix organizations flows from their leaders' attitudes. When the people in a matrix focus more on dec...

Want the Job? Bring a 100-Day Action Plan to the Interview

George Bradt | Posted 08.02.2016 | Business
George Bradt

More and more final candidates for senior roles are being asked to present their 100-day action plans as part of the interview process. The question i...

When And Why To Rewrite Your Organization's History

George Bradt | Posted 07.20.2016 | Business
George Bradt

As your current needs change, so should your organization's mythology. The emotional story of your organization's founding and history is a crucial pa...

Why It's So Important To Accelerate Onboarding Into A New Job

George Bradt | Posted 07.13.2016 | Business
George Bradt

No matter what they tell you, easing into a new job is a recipe for disaster. You must accelerate your progress up to and through a critical pivot poi...

Manage New Job Early Warning Signs At Three Stages Of Executive Onboarding

George Bradt | Posted 07.06.2016 | Business
George Bradt

40% of new leaders fail in their first 18 months in a new role. Generally that's because of poor fit, poor delivery or poor adjustment to changes down...

A Tool To Assess Onboarding Risk Before Accepting A New Job

George Bradt | Posted 05.18.2017 | Business
George Bradt

If you can't measure it, you can't manage it. With 40% of new leaders failing in their first 18 months in a new job, onboarding risk is definitely wor...

How The Strongest Leaders Build Regenerative Teams

George Bradt | Posted 05.05.2017 | Business
George Bradt

The logic is straightforward. Culture is the only sustainable competitive advantage. But if all you do is sustain your culture, your relative advantag...

What Apple Must Do To Avoid Compound Errors

George Bradt | Posted 04.27.2017 | Business
George Bradt

When things go off track, stop; accept the consequences; regroup; rethink; get back on track. It makes so much sense when you read it here. Why then ...

Why Onboarding Must Start With Context

George Bradt | Posted 04.21.2017 | Business
George Bradt

Different contexts require different approaches to onboarding. For example, Ferdinand de Lesseps successfully led the building of the Suez Canal and w...

Why BMW's Strategies Are Theoretically Elegant And Practically Useless

George Bradt | Posted 04.06.2017 | Business
George Bradt

No matter how elegant the words, strategies are useless unless they help others make choices. Like most, BMW's stated strategies are too generic and f...

Why Raising the Yellow Flag for Help is a Sign of a Strong Team

George Bradt | Posted 02.24.2017 | Business
George Bradt

You would think that weaker teams would under perform, would need more help and would call for that help more frequently than would stronger teams. Yo...

What to Do When Onboarding Goes Bad

George Bradt | Posted 02.16.2017 | Business
George Bradt

When onboarding goes bad around an individual moving into a new role or the merging of teams, triage the situation to figure out if the issues are minor, major or not savable. Diagnose the context and issues. Change the balance of consequences. Follow through.

The 8 Essential Steps of Executive Onboarding

George Bradt | Posted 02.10.2017 | Business
George Bradt

When it comes to executive onboarding, the difference between success and failure often comes down to following eight essential steps. They are really just common sense. So it never ceases to amaze that more people don't follow them.

Extend Onboarding Efforts Well Beyond Your First 100-days In a New Job

George Bradt | Posted 01.23.2017 | Business
George Bradt

You have reached the 100-day mark in your new job. You put a plan in place, leveraged your Fuzzy Front End to learn quickly, refined your plan, and de...

The Keys to Strengthening the Organization in Your First 100 Days in a New Job

George Bradt | Posted 01.17.2017 | Business
George Bradt

Of all the tools in your toolbox, putting people in the right roles is one of the most powerful. It is also the most explosive. As you seek to evolve (or shock!) the culture, these moves will be the most decisive and will have the greatest impact.

Drive Operational Accountability During Your First 100 Days in a New Job

George Bradt | Posted 01.10.2017 | Business
George Bradt

Team milestone management is the single most important operational leadership skill you can develop. It is the critical link between theoretical strategies and plans and activities that actually have practical, value-creating impact.

Get Alignment Around a Burning Imperative in Your First Month at a New Job

George Bradt | Posted 01.03.2017 | Business
George Bradt

Experienced, successful leaders inevitably say that getting people aligned around a vision and values, and focused on urgent business matters, are the most important things they have to do -- and often the most difficult during their first 100 days.

Activate Ongoing Communication Early in a New Job

George Bradt | Posted 12.27.2016 | Business
George Bradt

Everything communicates. Everything. Even the things you don't do and don't say send powerful signals to everybody in the organization observing you.

Take Control of Day One Onboarding Into a New Job

George Bradt | Posted 12.20.2016 | Business
George Bradt

Our brains remember information "presented first and last, and have an inclination to forget the middle items." People will remember vividly their fi...

Leverage the Fuzzy Front End Between Accepting and Starting a New Job

George Bradt | Posted 12.13.2016 | Business
George Bradt

Many leaders fall into the trap of thinking that leadership begins on day one of a new job. But everything new leaders do and say, and don't do and don't say, sends powerful signals, starting well before they even walk in the door on day one.