Leverage Your Agenda as a Symbol of What’s Important when Onboarding


Edgar was joining a company as CEO. He told us the most important thing he had to do was to change the mindset of the organization to become more customer focused.  “What are you doing Day One?”  “I’ve got this planned. I’m showing up, introducing myself to the team and launching five committees to tackle […]

We’re all new leaders all the time

Leadership is about inspiring and enabling others to do their absolute best, together, to realize a meaningful and rewarding shared purpose.  While a strongly shared purpose remains constant over time, any organization’s context and culture are continually evolving.  Because of this, no leader and no team’s next 100-days are going to be anything like their […]

Following a Dictator Requires Different Leadership Skills

  Image via Wikipedia Following a dictator like Egypt's Hosni Mubarak is a particularly challenging task.  Dictators substitute personality-driven command and control for strategic and organizational processes.  You don't need strategic planning if you're going to do everything the dictator's way.  You don't need systemic talent reviews and succession planning if there's only one opinion […]

The New Leader’s Playbook


Moving into new roles are crucible events of leadership and some of the toughest challenges people face. Nearly half of new leaders fail in their first 18 months. In that light, four things make a big difference: Get a head start – Manage the message – Build the team – Follow through to sustain momentum and deliver results.

Initiating Changes to the Company Culture in the Onboarding Process


In the vast majority of cases, converging and evolving are the right leadership skills to apply to transition management when onboarding. (Please see my earlier post, "Onboarding Context and Culture".) Sometimes new leaders can just assimilate in.  Sometimes they must shock the system for its own survival.  But, most of the time, converging and evolving […]