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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


Dec. 29, 2008 6:32 am
The Harvard Business Review dedicated its entire January, 2009 issue to “Transforming Leaders”, One takeaway from the issue as a whole is the need to move well from “you and me” to “we”. Of course transitioning leaders must pick the right strategy across Start-ups, Turnarounds, Accelerated Growth, Realignment or Sustaining Success (Watkins).  Of course CEO succession candidates must...  Read More
Dec. 21, 2008 5:26 pm
At the end of the year, I’d like to shift gears and not talk directly about leadership or onboarding.   I would like to share some thoughts about decisions and decision-making.   I’ve had several conversations recently with people who have made significant choices in their lives.   Not easy decisions; we all make easy choices all the time.   Which TV to buy, whether to eat at...  Read More
Dec. 16, 2008 8:51 am
Professor Harry Martin wrote in Monday's Wall Street Journal that there are several ways to improve on-the-job application of training and development programs. Writing an action plan, having objective performance measures, and meeting regularly with peers to keep each other on track were three of the five tools he recommends. All of these are well-tested and reliable means of getting people to...  Read More
Dec. 15, 2008 10:33 am
It's almost a truism. " The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to prepare to win ." That quote has been attributed to Vince Lombardi, Joe Paterno, Bobby Knight and almost every other great sports coach that ever tried to get their team to practice. It's true in sports. It's true in business. It's especially true in onboarding. There's a huge difference between those that get...  Read More
Dec. 15, 2008 9:33 am
It's almost a truism.  "The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to prepare to win."  That quote has been attributed to Vince Lombardi, Joe Paterno, Bobby Knight and almost every other great sport coach that ever tried to get their team to practice: It's true in sports.  It's true in business.  It's especially true in onboarding.  There's a huge differences between those that...  Read More
Dec. 5, 2008 3:32 pm
Rick’s Experience One of my clients named Rick was brought into a finance organization that for all intents and purposes was broken.   The company had grown rapidly through both acquisition and organic growth, and his predecessor had paid attention primarily to internal workings and processes.   As a result, no one in the broader organization was satisfied with the contribution of...  Read More
Dec. 3, 2008 6:58 am
In a recent article in BusinessWeek, Joseph Daniel McCool defines onboarding as "Crucial Feedback for Executive Hires - An emerging ritual to measure performance 90, 100, or 120 days into a top manager's new job".  Others define onboarding as "the process that includes all of the initial paperwork to become an official employee and to sign up for any and all company programs".  We think these are...  Read More
Dec. 1, 2008 5:02 am
From the very beginning PrimeGenesis has focused on executive onboarding and transition acceleration.  Not all transitions involve someone switching companies or divisions or even offices.  Some of the most complex transitions happen when the world changes around a leader who is otherwise staying in place.  Think new boss, merger, acquisition, restructure, or fundamental change in customers,...  Read More
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