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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


Apr. 28, 2010 9:06 am
How can managers create more time? They can’t.  All they can do is reallocate it.  While individuals are limited to reallocating their own time, managers have more leverage because they can take advantage of others’ time as well.  How they do that is one of the main differences between more effective and less effective managers. Everyone can sort across: 1) things they choose to do themselves,...  Read More
Apr. 25, 2010 5:21 pm
Not content with its contributions to the global banking crisis, Iceland decided to wreck havoc on Europe’s travelers by flooding the air with volcanic ash. I had the good fortune to be in Vilnius, Lithuania when travel was shut down and got to meet a wonderfully diverse set of people as I worked my way by train and bus (without any reservations) from Lithuania through Poland, the Czech...  Read More
Apr. 25, 2010 8:53 am
Most acknowledge the value of focusing efforts on what’s most important.  Yet few of those same people are prepared to decrease their efforts on other things.  The math doesn’t work.  Since time and other resources are limited, you cannot really increase effort in one area without decreasing it in other areas.  This is why it’s so important to come to grips with what you want and what you are...  Read More
Apr. 21, 2010 4:47 am
Not content with its contributions to the global banking crisis, the powers that be in Iceland decided to wreck havoc on Europe’s travelers last week by flooding the air with volcanic ash.  I had the good fortune to be in Lithuania at the time and got to add a few countries to my itinerary, meeting all sorts of interesting people along the way, instead of flying directly home.  (I traveled...  Read More
Apr. 13, 2010 7:40 am
One important onboarding best practice is to pay attention. When I was 14 years old, I had lunch with the headmaster of the Eton school in England.  After a glass of sherry in his office, we went into lunch.  We entered a 600-year-old room with vaulted ceilings and about 100 students all dressed in academic gowns, standing absolutely still and silent while we processed up to the head table.  As...  Read More
Apr. 9, 2010 12:05 pm
"...there are three things that matter. The first is competence — just being good at what you do, whatever it is, and focusing on the job you have, not on the job you think you want to have. The second one is confidence. People want to know what you think. So you have to have enough desirable self-confidence to articulate a point of view. The third thing is caring. Nothing today is about...  Read More
Apr. 8, 2010 10:34 am
The world is full of people so focused on process that they forget about results.  They think that if they do everything right, good things will happen.  It's also full of people so focused on  result that they forget about process.  They think the end justifies the means.  Who's right?  Which is more important in onboarding, the process or the results? This is a false trade-off.  Long-term...  Read More
Apr. 5, 2010 5:59 am
In his essay on “What the Dog Saw”, Malcolm Gladwell describes Cesar Millan’s “movements of mastery” in communicating with dogs.  There’s magic here.  There’s magic in Cesar’s deep understanding of how to connect with dogs, in the actions he uses, and in his mastery of the tone, tempo, and phrasing of those movements. Too many of us focus on the details of what we’re communicating without ever...  Read More
Apr. 1, 2010 5:11 pm
We are working with a major humanitarian aid organization on a pro-bono basis to think through how to put in place a program to jump-start their Disaster Operations Teams. (Every single one of you knows this group.) This requests your help in taking that thinking to the next level. Please send any and all comments and suggestions to me at Or comment on this blog. ...  Read More
Apr. 1, 2010 9:41 am
TED sent out an email this morning that highlighted, among other things, talks by actress Pasty Rodenburg and musician Robert Gupta .  At one point in their talks, each explained why they act or play music.  For each, it comes down to impact on others. Onboarding others If you are bringing someone into your organization, investing in their onboarding will help them and their team deliver...  Read More
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