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George Bradt
George Bradt
Offering a unique perspective on transformational leadership based on his combined senior line management, journalistic, and consulting experience. Founder of executive onboarding group PrimeGenesis, author of four books on onboarding and “The New Leader’s Playbook” weekly column on Forbes.com.
 
Apr. 27, 2011 3:57 pm
40% of new leaders fail in their first 18 months . A lot of these failures are preventable, including the ones that could have been mitigated if the new leader had done the right due diligence to uncover and mitigate organizational, role, and personal risks by getting answers to three critical questions: What is the organization’s sustainable competitive advantage? (To get at organizational...  Read More
Apr. 27, 2011 11:40 am
The only three true job interview questions are: Can you do the job? Will you love the job? Can we tolerate working with you? That’s it. Those three. Think back, every question you’ve ever posed to others or had asked of you in a job interview is a subset of a deeper in-depth follow-up to one of these three key questions. Each question potentially may be asked using different words,...  Read More
Apr. 25, 2011 6:25 am
As a new leader, everything communicates. And we're all new leaders all the time. The core of your communication must be your message. But how do you get to the right message? The answer lies in the three components of emotional positioning: benefit, support, character. Any of you that were trained by anyone that's ever worked in marketing at Procter & Gamble will recognize those words as the...  Read More
Apr. 23, 2011 10:04 am
There are only three questions in a job interview, getting at strengths, motivation, and fit. See Forbes: Top Executive Recruiters Agree on the Importance of Three Job Interview Questions, The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan or the companion posts on motivation and fit. Interviewing for Strengths Interviewing for strengths is not a game. It's about figuring out if there is a match...  Read More
Apr. 23, 2011 10:03 am
There are only three questions in a job interview, getting at strengths, motivation, and fit. See Forbes: Top Executive Recruiters Agree on the Importance of Three Job Interview Questions, The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan or the companion posts on strengths and fit. Interviewing for Motivation Interviewing for motivation is much less straightforward than interviewing for strengths....  Read More
Apr. 23, 2011 10:01 am
There are only three questions in a job interview, getting at strengths, motivation, and fit. See Forbes: Top Executive Recruiters Agree on the Importance of Three Job Interview Questions, The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan or the companion posts on strengths and motivation. Interviewing for Fit To be clear, this is an attempt to make an inherently complex and ambiguous subject simpler...  Read More
Apr. 23, 2011 10:01 am
I gave a presentation to the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group last month - March 22nd, 2011 to be exact. They did a video recording of the whole session which you can see here. The introduction runs until 5:40 on the video. Then full presentation and Q&A follow. I've appended the talk abstract below. GPSEG International Executives Subgroup Video Podcast: The New Leader's...  Read More
Apr. 20, 2011 11:41 am
I wrote articles this week on onboarding risks for each of the Huffington Post, Human Resources Executive, and Forbes. Each had a different perspective, but the main suggestions are: 1) do the right due diligence , 2) pay attention to cultural fit and 3) manage the message through day one and beyond. Huffington Post on Deangelo Vickers first day in The Office - disastrous. ...  Read More
Apr. 18, 2011 6:23 am
There is a compelling argument that had the Titanic hit the iceberg head on it would not have sunk on April 15, 1912 and 1517 people would not have died. There would have been substantial damage to the bow. There would have been some injuries. But enough of the bulkheads would have held that the ship would have remained afloat. Executives onboarding into new roles must navigate between seven...  Read More
Apr. 13, 2011 10:54 am
QlikTech’s CEO Lars Bjork knows that sustaining extraordinary growth requires rejuvenating the team on a regular basis. That’s why each year for the last 12 years every single one of his employees, from senior executives to the cleaning staff, has participated in a five-day session that celebrates employees and connects the company’s global workforce while building their leadership skills. He’s...  Read More
Apr. 11, 2011 6:24 am
The first cycle of my article series, " The New Leader's Playbook " on Forbes.com, was just completed with last week's post on Chiquita CEO, Fernando Aguirre . The series focused on the ten steps new leaders must take between acceptance of a job and the start date, and then over their first 100-days in order to be successful and deliver immediate results. Thought I’d share the main points of...  Read More
Apr. 8, 2011 9:58 am
By the end of her first 100-days, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's view of New York Schools Chancellor Cathie Black went from " superstar manager " to " this has not worked out ", putting her into the 40% of new leaders that fail in their first 18 months. This is a classic example of the strongest athlete not necessarily being the right player for the position he or she is put into. This was primarily a...  Read More
Apr. 6, 2011 11:42 am
When the more experienced speakers at CEO Connection’s CEO Boot Camps are asked to look back on their executive training and careers and reflect on what they most regret, every single one of them has talked about not moving faster on people. As Chiquita CEO Fernando Aguirre told me in a recent interview: I’m a big believer that you need to move very quickly and adapt to the changing...  Read More
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