Up and Out, In and Down (Part 1)

Rick’s Experience One of my clients named Rick was brought into a finance organization that, for all intents and purposes, was broken.  The company had grown rapidly through both acquisition and organic growth, and his predecessor had paid attention primarily to...

Definition of Onboarding

We’re in the midst of the final copy-edits on our new book, Onboarding – How To Get Your New Employees Up To Speed In Half The Time (Wiley, 2009) and want to make sure we get the definition as right as we can.  Here is what we are currently planning to print:...

The Leadership Paradox, I: Managing Potential

Coaching v. Upgrading Talent One of the essential paradoxes of leadership is that a leader is expected to both be able to coach and develop their people, and at the same time to make tough decisions about talent, and upgrade when needed. How do you know when to...

Decision Making When It Matters

At the end of the year, I’d like to shift gears and not talk directly about leadership or onboarding.  I would like to share some thoughts about decisions and decision-making.   I’ve had several conversations recently with people who have made significant choices in...

Question: Executive Coach or Transition Acceleration?

How do you decide if you need an executive coach or a transition acceleration consultant/partner? Certainly some situations require both.  But what do you do first – focus on assimilating into the culture then accelerate results, or the other way around? I tend...