In his recent article for the US Chamber of Commerce, Genesis Cofounder Michael Watkins talks about the importance of effectively integrating a new hire into a leadership team to avoid destabilising that team at potentially significant cost to the business. He outlines seven ways you can support new leadership team members to minimise and mitigate any disruptive impact they might have on existing team members in so doing, excerpted below:
Have a new boss? Michael Watkins contributes practical suggestions on how you can assist their transition in his Harvard Business Review article, "How to Build a Strong Relationship With A New Boss." Some key suggestions include finding common ground, being empathetic, and, as with any transition, helping them achieve early wins. Read an excerpt below highlighting the key concepts outlined in the full article.
We are excited to share an interview with Emerson’s Corporate Director of Learning, Terrence Donahue and Michael Watkins, author of The First 90 Days and Co-Founder of Genesis, about Emerson’s Successful Leadership Transitions Workshop — a customized onboarding system based on The First 90 Days® Transition Roadmap™ Framework.
Topics: Emerson, Executive Hire, First 90 Days, HR, Integration, Leadership Development, Michael Watkins, New Hire, Onboarding, Transition, Career Transitions, Accelerate Leaders, Onboarding Journeys, Leadership Transitions
Genesis Co-Founder Michael Watkins was recently interviewed by Jeff Hyman on the Strong Suit Podcast. In the interview, Watkins points out the astonishing fact that most organizations still use an "onboarding by Darwinian evolution approach" when bringing in executive talent. This fact is supported by research Genesis jointly conducted with Egon Zehnder into executive onboarding effectiveness, published in their Harvard Business Review article, "Onboarding Isn't Enough."
It is a well-supported fact that supporting new-hire onboarding dramatically increases time-to-performance and reduces failure rates by 50%. Based on Michael Watkins' in-depth research into the vast array of HR onboarding programs employed by global organizations published in his article “Onboarding Isn't Enough” (Harvard Business Review, June 2017), Genesis created an assessment to help you gauge how effective your organization is at onboarding executives in comparison with the global sample used in the article.
Topics: Egon Zehnder, Executive Hire, First 90 Days, Harvard Business Review, HR, Integration, Michael Watkins, Onboarding, Transition, Enterprise Onboarding, Accelerate Leaders, Executive Onboarding Effectiveness Assessment
While speaking recently at an HR forum in Denmark, I learned a Danish word that perfectly captures a common trap that companies fall into when they onboard new hires: bjørnetjenste. The term can be translated literally to “bear favor” and means “an attempt at aid that does more harm than good.”