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Executive Onboarding

Why You Must Make Culture the Centerpiece of Your Onboarding Program

George Bradt | Posted 11.05.2015 | Business
George Bradt

People fail in new jobs because of poor fit, poor delivery or poor adjustment to changes down the road.

3 Studies Say an Increase in Job Training Decreases Resignation Letters

Mitch Causey | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business
Mitch Causey

For the past year, at least 2.7 million people each month have said "I quit" to their employer (source). That's well over 3,500 every hour. Obviously, there are a lot of reasons why people quit, but one that I am particularly interested in is the lack of training.

The Three Pillars of a Catalytic Leader Per Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst

George Bradt | Posted 10.01.2015 | Business
George Bradt

In his new book, "The Open Organization", Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst makes the case for catalytic leadership. Managers direct. Leaders inspire and ena...

From Unbeliever to Hallelujah: Why uses Predictive Index to Make Better Hiring Decisions

Max Yoder | Posted 09.21.2015 | Business
Max Yoder

I am a believer in the Predictive Index; it's still the only one I have tried, so I can't comment on the rest, though I hear there are plenty others out there. I think the tool has made our business better and our people happier and more productive; since making these things happen is my job, I am grateful it exists.

What Oscar Munoz Must Do in His First 100-Days as CEO of Scandal-ridden United Airlines

George Bradt | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
George Bradt

Oscar Munoz' onboarding into the CEO role at United is a prototypical hot landing. He's under fire from the press about the scandal that forced his predecessor to resign, from shareholders unhappy about investment lagging rivals' and from passengers upset about service outages.

Future Capability Planning in Action: Bosch's Acquisition of Battery-Maker Seeo

George Bradt | Posted 09.09.2015 | Business
George Bradt

If you're not going to follow up your long-term strategic planning with future capability planning, don't even bother starting the strategic planning ...

3 Reasons to Track Training Beyond Accountability

Mitch Causey | Posted 09.04.2015 | Business
Mitch Causey

In the world of online training, we often hear the response, "I trust my employees... I don't need to track them." This response is completely valid, but there's a false underlying assumption about why you'd want to track your training program.

How David Taylor Should Manage His Own Onboarding As Procter & Gamble's New CEO

George Bradt | Posted 08.05.2015 | Business
George Bradt

David Taylor's challenges as Procter & Gamble's new CEO will be particularly acute. He will need to complete the next steps of P&G's "shrink to grow" ...

Managing Milestones: The Key to Level Three Delegation

George Bradt | Posted 07.22.2015 | Business
George Bradt

The people you supervise are going to miss milestones. It is not necessary for them to hit all their milestones. What is essential is that you and your team have put in place a mechanism to identify reasonable milestones with checkpoints that allow you to anticipate and adjust along the way.

Why the Real Winners in the GE Succession Race Were Boeing's Stockholders

George Bradt | Posted 07.08.2015 | Business
George Bradt

At the end of the race to follow Jack Welch as CEO of General Electric (GE), Jeff Immelt became CEO and Bob Nardelli and Jim McNerney left the company. McNerney's just announced retirement from Boeing presents an opportunity to look at these three executives' longer-term impact.

Transitions at the Top -- See the Gaping Hole?

George Bradt | Posted 06.17.2015 | Business
George Bradt

The new book Transitions at the Top by Dan Ciampa and David Dotlich is valuable -- but incomplete. If you are involved with a top-level transition you should use this book to help you -- just not this book on its own.

The Only 3 True Interview Questions for Potential Board Directors

George Bradt | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business
George Bradt

In general, the only three true job interview questions are all about strengths, motivation and fit. The questions always apply, but the focus and answers need to be different for potential members of boards of directors.

Executive Onboarding From a Subordinate's Perspective

George Bradt | Posted 06.21.2015 | Business
George Bradt

Everything communicates -- everything a new leader says and does and doesn't say and doesn't do. Most new leaders get that. But many miss the unintended consequences of what they do and say and don't do and don't say on people they think are not directly affected.

The First Question Anyone Has Across the Three Types of Team Onboarding

George Bradt | Posted 05.10.2015 | Business
George Bradt

"What does it mean for me?" That's it. Whether you're merging companies, making a platform investment or creating a new team through a re-organization, all anyone ever cares about first is what it means for them. Once that question is answered, individuals can focus their hearts and minds on the new team imperative.

How to Manage Executive Onboarding the Way McDonald's Brings in New Franchisees

George Bradt | Posted 05.03.2015 | Business
George Bradt

If everyone treated executive onboarding the way McDonald's brings its franchisees into the fold, the failure rates for new leaders would plummet. In particular, increase your investment in the screening process, two-way qualification and onboarding executives across time, locations and media.

Manage Executive Onboarding Risk With Three Key Questions

George Bradt | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
George Bradt

Want to avoid being part of the 40 percent of executives that fail in their first 18 months in a new job? Answer three key questions before you accept the job to mitigate organization, role and personal risks.

What Yahoo's Marissa Mayer (And You) Should Learn From Disney

George Bradt | Posted 02.28.2015 | Business
George Bradt

Leverage your strengths. Whether you are an executive onboarding into a new role, leading a turn around or just looking to accelerate value creation, the answer is almost always to focus on and leverage your existing strongest talents, knowledge, skills, capabilities.

Curating Relationship Building to Accelerate Onboarding

George Bradt | Posted 01.03.2015 | 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 12.29.2014 | 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.