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How to Win the War for Talent in 2015

George Bradt | Posted 01.14.2015 | 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.

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...

Why Most Mentoring Programs Are a Waste of Time -- And How to Build the Next Generation of Beta Sponsorship

Dana Ardi | Posted 02.17.2014 | Business
Dana Ardi

Merely identifying and hiring people with the best skills isn't what will set the next generation of great companies apart from the competition. Rather the future will belong to the Betas, to those organizations that rely on collaboration and teamwork.

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...

Why You Don't Get To Choose Your Mission. It Chooses You.

George Bradt | Posted 01.26.2014 | Business
George Bradt

Mission is not a choice. It's dictated by others' needs. Sometimes those others give you a mission. Sometimes you have to figure it out yourself. Eith...

For Leaders: Why Getting Too Comfortable Is The Path To Discomfort

George Bradt | Posted 09.30.2013 | Business
George Bradt

When onboarding into a new leadership role, it's essential to converge into the organization before you can help it evolve, earning the right to lead ...

Taking Over From the Founder: Three Tips for Zynga's New CEO

George Bradt | Posted 09.09.2013 | Business
George Bradt

Act like a steward. That's it -- the single most important secret to success for a leader taking over from the founder. If you get it, there's no reas...

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.

How Salesforce And Deloitte Tackle Employee Engagement With Gamification

George Bradt | Posted 09.02.2013 | Business
George Bradt

With less than 30 percent of workers today committed to and satisfied with their work, leaders need to find ways to change their employees' attitudes ...

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...