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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...

How The Strongest Leaders Build Regenerative Teams

George Bradt | Posted 05.17.2016 | 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 05.12.2016 | 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 04.26.2016 | 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...

What to Do When Onboarding Goes Bad

George Bradt | Posted 02.16.2016 | 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 Keys to Strengthening the Organization in Your First 100 Days in a New Job

George Bradt | Posted 01.24.2016 | 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 01.17.2016 | 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 01.10.2016 | 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.

Take Control of Day One Onboarding Into a New Job

George Bradt | Posted 12.27.2015 | 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 12.20.2015 | 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.

Position Yourself for Success Heading Into a New Job

George Bradt | Posted 12.13.2015 | Business
George Bradt

Knowing your strengths and motivations will help you better create career options that are a true fit for your skills, will allow you to better position yourself in interviews (sell before you buy), and will help you thoroughly assess and effectively mitigate risks.

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 10.11.2016 | 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 09.18.2016 | 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 09.04.2016 | 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 08.05.2016 | 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 06.24.2016 | 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 05.11.2016 | 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.