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:
When leaders take new roles, they typically inherit someone else's team and need to assess, reshape, align, and accelerate it. Michael Watkins outlines the steps newly appointed leaders need to take to align effectively with their teams and to get them to deliver results on their watch in his Harvard Business Review article "Leading the Team You Inherit," which is also the subject of this excellent Whiteboard Session by the same title.
Genesis produces a Power Onboarding Webinar series hosted by our cofounder Michael Watkins, best-selling author of The First 90 Days and Master Your Next Move, Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at IMD Business School, and world-renowned authority on leadership transitions. Offered quarterly and attended by professionals in transition as well as HR and talent management leaders, the series covers topics related to onboarding and integrating leaders, teams and organizations.
The First 90 Days was cited in this Forbes.com 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.
Virtually all large companies are effective at the basics of signing up new hires. However, many companies think they are doing a good job of integrating new hires when they actually aren’t. The challenges new hires face, the real reasons they derail or underperform, have to do with how well they are integrated into their new organizations.
Leaders taking new roles often inherit teams that they must assess, reshape, align, and accelerate. Frequently, leaders stumble when it comes to building their teams. The result may be a significant delay in achieving key objectives, or outright derailment. These are some of the characteristic traps into which new leaders fall when taking over teams:
At any point in time, most leaders in large organizations are part of at least one team experiencing a transition in leadership or membership. That’s a surprising finding, but it’s true and it has important implications for leading teams.