“Hot Landing” is a military term for parachuting soldiers into an enemy cross-fire situation – where, as often as not, they become instant casualties. John Visentin is being dropped in as Xerox’s new CEO by Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason following their court victory temporarily blocking the merger of Xerox into the Fuji Xerox joint venture. Visentin has to hit the ground running to survive the cross fire from deal supporters and the Icahn/Deason group. He’ll need to combine attributes of executive onboarding and crisis management.
Executive onboarding is the key to accelerating success and reducing risk in a new job. People generally fail in new executive roles because of poor fit, poor delivery or poor adjustment to a change down the road. They accelerate success by 1) getting a head start, 2) managing the message, 3) setting direction and building the team and 4) sustaining momentum and delivering results.