Culture Makes or Breaks New Leaders

Many in the business community agree that a leader’s success (or even survival) in a role depends on their ability to work within the operational culture. And for those transitioning into new roles, culture lies at the root of many onboarding paradoxes. New Leaders are often hired to make changes, fix broken things, “take us […]

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Why New Leaders “Don’t Get It” And What To Do About It

After studying and supporting New Leader transitions for over 15 years, we have come to believe that it is always the case that the role and operation the New Leader thought they were signing up for are different than what they end up with. This understanding gap can have multiple causes, and can happen at great expense to the Leader and […]

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The #1 “Killer” of New Leaders: Failure to Achieve and Maintain Role Clarity

It should be simple: Company hires a great candidate, and its New Leader comes in and does a fantastic job without stumbling or making a wrong turn, delighting key stakeholders and performing at a high level. Now for reality: New Leaders struggle, often mightily, to become effective in their new roles. They all too frequently fail, and […]

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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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