The First 90 Days was recently cited in Forbes.com in an article about executive exit strategies entitled, “Leaving Well: Why the Last 90 Days Matter.” The author makes the point that while much emphasis is placed on advising leaders in their initial months in role, little advice is offered on how to leave an organization despite the fact that more often than not executives are remembered for their departures—evidence to the effect of which can be found in this December 2017 Entrepreneur article: All the CEOs Who Stepped Down in 2017, and What You Can Learn From Them.
Having spent more than a decade helping leaders in transition, the importance of managing career moves effectively is a concept to which we are no stranger. And while The First 90 Days is about onboarding and integration, the competencies and concepts outlined in the book — which we call the First 90 Days Transition Roadmap Framework — can be applied throughout an executive’s tenure in the broader context of career transitions.
To get a feel for the volume and variety of transitions a leader faces in his or her career span, consider the average number of transition challenges a new leader faces in a given role alone, as depicted in the diagram below.
Now put the above into an organizational context by imagining that at any given point in time an individual leader is impacted not only by their own transitions, but by those of their colleagues, peers, managers, direct reports, and so on (see diagram below). This regular churn of talent in an organization is such that if you can arm your workforce with the tools to make transitions more effectively—in other words, make them “transition capable”—you can enhance organizational performance, responsiveness and nimbleness significantly. And by creating a culture that espouses supportive talent management practices, you will attract better people to your organization, thus creating a virtuous cycle.
If the idea of creating a transition capable workforce resonates with you, register for our Power Onboarding Webinar On Demand entitled, “Case Studies in Enterprise Transition Support Solutions.” Hosted by Michael Watkins, best-selling author of The First 90 Days and Genesis Co-Founder and spokesman, the hour-long session will feature co-presenter Rose Hollister, former Director of McDonald’s Leadership Institute who recently joined Genesis as a leadership consultant. During her tenure at McDonald’s Rose was responsible for 1,600 executives worldwide and she brings considerable experience in designing and implementing onboarding systems.
Participants can expect to learn:
- How supported transitions differ from their unsupported counterparts and the impact of failed transitions on an organization.
- How the First 90 Days Transition Roadmap Framework can be applied across the organizational value chain from C-suite to director level and below.
- That there is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” organizational onboarding solution.
- How Genesis co-designed and implemented three unique enterprise transition support solutions illustrated by three client case studies.
But if you leave this news item with a single impression, let it be this: The skill set and framework we aim to impart through our work, webinars, articles, and related resources, is one that is designed to be implemented enterprise-wide and used to support leaders, teams and organizations. It is the standard onboarding framework used by Fortune 500 organizations.