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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


Oct. 26, 2009 8:31 am
I won on the golf course last weekend.  In truth, it wasn’t so much that I won as that my opponent lost.  On one water hole, I hit around the water instead of over it.  “Why didn’t you go for it?” my opponent asked.  “Because I didn’t need to.”  All that day, I made a series of conscious risk-reward trade-offs that paid off big in aggregate. In the early days of onboarding into a new job, it’s...  Read More
Oct. 23, 2009 6:56 am
Another basic that way too many organizations miss way too many times is informing key stakeholders about the start of a new employee.  This takes many different forms ranging from no announcement going out at all, to announcements going to the wrong people, to announcements going out buried in emails that don’t get read. Issue However it happens, the issue is all those awkward moments when...  Read More
Oct. 18, 2009 3:05 pm
It’s amazing how many people show up for work not able to work because they don’t have a computer or phone or desk or office or light or what they need. Issue This issue is one of omission vs. intention. Suggestion Our suggestion is to make someone responsible for making sure basic accommodation items are in place for the new employee. No brilliant insights here.  This is purely about...  Read More
Oct. 14, 2009 6:01 am
Sometimes setting others up to fail is the right thing to do. One classic example of this is the battle of Thermopylae during which a small force of Greeks held off an overwhelming mass of Persians for three days.  The Greeks were set up to fail, with most of them getting killed by the end of the battle.  But their stand gave the rest of Greece reason to believe they could defeat the Persians...  Read More
Oct. 12, 2009 2:48 pm
William Flamme wrote about some of his takeaways from Onboarding: How to Get Your New Employees Up to Speed in Half the Time in the most recent issue of ExecuNet's Career Smart Advisor .  Three big points: The Three Stages of a Hiring Manager Producer - Assembles the team and resources Director - Helps create the plan Stage Manager - Proved behind the scenes support Buying and...  Read More
Oct. 12, 2009 6:34 am
One organization had everyone follow the same orientation, day one and week one plans with an endless parade of people wandering around their offices for meet and greets.  Unfortunately, key managers lost interest in saying the same thing over and over again. Issue The real issue is that giving a new employee an onboarding plan for them to follow produces compliance at best, with no real...  Read More
Oct. 2, 2009 4:42 pm
One organization used a trial by fire approach to interviewing, pushing candidates very hard with case studies and deep, probing questions. Once they identified people to hire, they would switch into selling mode to win them over to the team. Issue The issue is that this made it hard for new recruits to figure out which organization they were joining: the tough team that interviewed them or...  Read More
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