After over 15 years of doing this work, we have come to believe that in every case, the role and operation that the new leader expected to occupy are different than what they encounter when starting the job.
Linda Schaumann Reese, Ph.D., Managing Partner, Leader OnBoarding, Inc.
Leaders in new roles are expected to rapidly, and effectively, size up their operations – and are typically given little guidance in doing so. They are increasingly being hired to have significant impact in complex situations, with an expectation of near-immediate results. As they enter new roles, they rarely have the same understanding of the operation and the role as their peers, their subordinates, or even as their boss.
These gaps in understanding, if not exposed and addressed, will contribute to poor performance and leader derailment – costly, disruptive failure. Indeed it is well know that some sixty-four percent of new leaders hired from the outside don’t make it in their jobs and forty percent fail within the first 18 months.
A new culture assessment tool – Culture Snapshot – provides newly-placed leaders with a comprehensive, easy to understand assessment of their new operation’s performance climate. Culture Snapshot is a turnkey solution specifically developed for leaders transitioning into new roles. It provides data and tools for root cause analysis, and identifies potential levers for change, helping new leaders convert information into meaningful action.
Culture Snapshot revolutionizes leader transition by rapidly and explicitly identifying operational performance issues, as well as gaps in understanding and expectations. It brings together the perspectives of those who know the operation best – who depend on the operation for their own success. And it builds a deeper understanding of the operation’s performance climate to enable the new leader to focus on high-impact action.
Culture Snapshot provides much more than a report – it is a guide that offers an integrative, user-friendly and concise view of the operation’s strengths and weaknesses, while exploring root causes and high-impact levers for needed change, supported by certified, highly-skilled facilitators deliver findings in a way that focuses transitioning leaders to take the right action, at the right time, and in the right way.
Charlesmore Partners offers Culture Snapshot as part of its suite of organizational effectiveness tools to support the onboarding of client leaders and the development of high performance organizations. Please read our Executive Insight Thought Leader – Why New Executives Fail.
Culture Snapshot was developed by Denison Consulting and LeaderOnBoarding, Inc., two domain-leading firms that we have long relationships with, and is provided under license and in collaboration with both firms. We are also certified facilitators of Denison’s Organizational Culture Survey and Leadership Development 360.
Please contact Edward Ferris for more information at +1.215.353.6472.