Hot Start Coaching can be used to facilitate a smooth transition and limit disruption for new senior executives.
Many top level executives regret their career move within three months and leave before the year is out. Even those who survive may find that they have made enemies who subsequently block their initiatives and make life difficult for them. With the cost of recruiting for senior level posts escalating and the disruption caused by the departure of a senior person creating uncertainty and disillusionment throughout the organization, this is a serious issue.
There are two reasons why executives often fail to cope with that first three months. The first is that they do not realize the urgency of establishing their own authority. They tell us ‘I will just listen, watch and learn for the first couple of months – not make decisions which I may regret later.’ Listening and learning is always important, but not to the exclusion of action.
The second is that they fail to understand their new corporate culture and adapt to it. They try to do things in the way that they are used to and it does not work. They fail to establish networks and close working relationships with key stakeholders since they are not clear who these people are.
Even when roles and responsibilities are clear, individuals who have, for example, been used to a structured, hierarchical culture, can find themselves bewildered when faced with a highly collective, consensual and flexible culture.