Companies often spent an inordinate amount of time and energy and pay substantial commissions to recruiters to fill leadership positions. The new leader is skillful, experienced, and self-assured. However, within a few weeks or months, a noticeable level of discord between the new boss and the team may be evident. This is not an atypical occurrence. Many leaders and team members have experienced or witnessed an unraveling of a boss/team relationship.
For the small amount of time it requires of a new leader and her/his direct reports, and the cost of an outside consultant to facilitate this process, it seems like an important investment companies would want to make to smooth the transition.
In a 4-hour facilitated New Leader Assimilation, with an hour of prep time for the consultant and new leader, much can be accomplished to get the leader and team started on firm footing.
Part of the reason this process is so effective is that all, or at least most, initial concerns are brought out in the open within a week or so after the new leader comes on board, before there is a chance for an unhealthy and conflicted relationship to develop, often because of misunderstandings. Expectations of the leader and the team are clarified and an agreement is made about how they will interact with each other to be most successful. This process sets the tone that open communication is expected; that questions and concerns can be safely discussed and sets guidelines by which the team can regularly evaluate its functioning.
This is one of the most critical investments a company can make to advance a new leader’s success!
Organizational development consultant, coach, facilitator, trainer