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The Three Keys to Leading a Virtual Team

George Bradt | Posted 11.24.2015 | Business
George Bradt

Trust. Clarity. Vision. Focus on these to make your virtual team more effective. Do what it takes to get team members to trust you and each other.

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.

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.

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" ...

Why Onboarding New Funding Is Like Onboarding New People

George Bradt | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business
George Bradt

Onboarding is a crucible of leadership. Done right, it accelerates progress. Done wrong, there's pain for all involved. This is true for onboarding new people and for onboarding new rounds of funding.

Confession: I Loved My Onboarding Experience

HopeLab | Posted 05.14.2015 | Business

It's been over a year and a half since I joined HopeLab, and I'm still wistfully thinking about my onboarding experience. Who does that? Well, apparently I do. It's one of my idiosyncrasies, but we'll get to those in a moment.

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.

Onboarding Employees: Waste of Time or Strategic Process?

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 06.27.2015 | Small Business
Margaret Jacoby

Hiring and training a new employee is often just as stressful for managers as it is for the new hire. Preparing the necessary paperwork, outlining job responsibilities, and making sure the employee knows the ins and outs of your company are all important aspects that can quickly become overwhelming.

The Art and Science of Team Optimization

George Bradt | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
George Bradt

The world needs three types of leaders: artistic, scientific and interpersonal. And the world needs them to work together to change feelings, knowledge and behaviors as a team. Their initial joining up or onboarding is one of the crucibles of leadership.

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.

How to Win the War for Talent in 2015

George Bradt | Posted 03.16.2015 | Business
George Bradt

There has been a seismic shift in the war for talent. Those that do not understand that shift and change their approach to talent management are going to fall into a newly opened crevasse from which they may never escape.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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...

Why Kids Don't Have Signatures, and Banks Shouldn't Either

Brett King | Posted 07.04.2014 | Money
Brett King

In a recent UN/ICAO commissioned survey on the use of signatures in passports, a number of countries including the UK recommended phasing out the long...

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...

Try Before You Buy: The Benefits of Temporary Workers

Josh Tolan | Posted 05.21.2014 | Business
Josh Tolan

Temporary hiring is a growing trend, and it's not hard to see why. While employers are reducing their full-time hiring, the need for temporary talent is only increasing.