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:
Jeff Hyman recently interviewed Michael Watkins on the Strong Suit Podcast about his recently updated book, Master Your Next Move: The Essential Companion to The First 90 Days.
In "How to Onboard New Hires At Every Level" (Harvard Business Review, June 2019) Michael Watkins and co-author Rose Hollister write, "Most large companies do a good job with the basics of signing up and orienting new employees, but far fewer have processes that address the biggest challenges these hires face in fully integrating into their teams and coming up to speed in their roles. For example, in surveys of HR executives, just 29% indicated they provided support for cultural familiarization, even though struggles with culture are a big reason newly arrived leaders fail. This lack of onboarding follow-through has major consequences for time to performance, derailment rates, and talent retention."
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In our recent Power Onboarding Webinar, Michael Watkins and Harvard Business Review Press Executive Editor Jeff Kehoe shared their insights and discussed eight career challenges outlined in the newly updated edition of Master Your Next Move: The Essential Companion to The First 90 Days.
In this 30-minute 3-2-1 iRelaunch Podcast, Michael Watkins — best-selling author of The First 90 Days and its newly-updated essential companion, Master Your Next Move — is interviewed by iRelaunch Chairman and Co-Founder Carol Fishman Cohen about the principles and techniques of making successful transitions into new roles through the lens of a "relauncher," or person returning to the workforce after a break.
In "5 Questions to Ask When Starting a New Job" (Harvard Business Review, April 2019) Michael Watkins writes, "The actions you take during your first few months in a new job have a major impact on your success or failure. Build positive momentum early on and it will propel you through your tenure. Make some early missteps and you could face an uphill battle for the rest of your time in the job."