I gave a presentation on executive onboarding at ESIX yesterday to the heads of executive recruiting for about 30 companies. A lot can be gleaned from their comments and questions. Three main takeaways:

  • Transitions are easier and more effective in organizations with deliberate, systematic executive onboarding programs than in those with less formal programs.
  • The better executive onboarding programs are more complete, running from alignment through well into executives’ tenures.
  • In the best executive onboarding programs, incoming executives own their own onboarding success in partnership with their boss and supported by human resources.

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