Did anyone have concerns about this role: and, if so, what was done to mitigate them?

One of the most important things to explore during the due diligence phase of onboarding is the new boss/subordinate alignment on the role and responsibilities, deliverables, authority, interactions and access to essential resources.  All that is necessary.  It is not sufficient.  Go beyond that to identify key stakeholders that had concerns about any of those.  Find out what was done to mitigate those concerns – and what concerns have not yet been addressed.

If there are going to be issues, it is in everyone's best interests to know about them as early as possible.   Asking and answering this question will help.

George Bradt – PrimeGenesis Executive Onboarding