The most effective executive onboarding almost always involves a well-timed pivot from converging to evolving. One of the advantages of getting promoted from within to follow a successful leader is that you can get started on a lot of things before your official day one in the new job. One of the disadvantages is that you go live in a number of ways the moment your promotion is announced. And all this has to happen against a backdrop of honoring your predecessor.

As I’ve said throughout this series, 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.

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