[Call Out] If you have faced any Senior Hire challenges, I’d love to hear them and I will add my tips on how to avoid them in the posts to follow.
I first learned the importance of proper onboarding from my 'First Time Leader’ (Wiley 2014)
co-author George Bradt. George’s company
helps newly hired Executive transition into their roles to reduce failure. We first met in 2010 and to this day I feel that onboarding is not a big enough part of the 'talent’ conversation. From what I have seen, the level of onboarding will make or break the chance of the new employee’s success.
Too often the focus is on the hiring process, all energy is put towards getting them in, and once we make the offer, we breathe a sigh of relief and move on to other priorities. The new candidate starts and we haven’t really spent the time thinking about what success looks like, where do you want them to focus in the first 90 days, detailing your team’s operating standards, (the list goes on).
Onboarding is important for all hires but couldn’t be more imperative for senior hires. Senior hires will have a significant impact on how the organizations run and if they are set up with the right information and focus, they can significantly impede operational progress. Trust me, I’ve seen it.
So take the time to set your senior hires up for success by focusing on their first 90 days.