Until Success Do We Part: How to Decide If a Project Management Role is For You

By Mauro Piloni  If you work as a project manager (or were recently offered a role), you were probably pulled aside by management and informed that a long-term initiative was in the works. This project requires the most important ingredient – the right leader – and that frontrunner is you. What comes to mind when […]

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Starting the Journey: A New Project Manager’s Guide to Implementation

By Mauro Piloni  If you read my previous post, you may have already passed through the checkpoints I recommended, and you have the answers you need to accept your project management opportunity. Now you are a project leader - congratulations! You agreed to take the role because you confirmed that you are the most skilled […]

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The OnBoarding Paradox: How New Leaders Prevail

When starting a new role, leaders often don’t realize that they will face what we call “the onboarding paradox” during their transition. New Leaders who fail to recognize and reconcile the gaps between explicit and implicit expectations for their navigation and performance allow the stage to be set for their own future derailment. In our […]

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New Leader Failure: A Problem or A Symptom?

Many of us in HR and leadership positions have experienced the same perplexing scenario – found a great candidate, placed them in a high-level role, held lofty expectations, and then they failed. And we almost always have said it happened because “they weren’t a good fit.” Are we really that bad at sizing up candidates? […]

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Don’t Forget to Add Relationships to Your “To Do” List

New Leaders (understandably) feel pressure to perform almost immediately upon starting their new roles. What they often overlook is the impact that building relationships early in their tenure will have on their long-term success. In over 15 years of leader onboarding work, we have found that New Leader success comes down to a very simple equation:   […]

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Managing Change: How to Include the Team and Gain Support

The world around us is rapidly changing, and in reality, businesses that don't adapt won’t survive. One common response to the frenetic pace of change is for organizations to hire New Leaders from the outside, expecting them to make massive alterations to their teams, operations, and organizational outcomes. Sometimes these organizations provide New Leaders with specific […]

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OnBoarding and the Importance of First Impressions – Part 1

We’ve all received the same advice at some point in our life. Whether it’s an audition for a play, a blind date, or a job interview, we have heard: “First impressions are the most important – so get it right.” And from our experience with clients, it holds true that how key others perceive a […]

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OnBoarding and the Importance of First Impressions (Part 2) – 4 Steps to Contain and Repair Bungled Beginnings

In our last blog we discussed the importance of first impressions made by New Leaders, and how others’ perceptions of them and can influence their success in the organization. This month we continue the conversation and provide suggestions to contain and repair mistaken or negative impressions. 1. First Things First: Assess and Contain the Damage No […]

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