New Leader Assimilation Facilitation

What it is.

  • For new or newly promoted executives
  • Conducted in the first 120-days (generally within the first few weeks)
  • Gathers perspectives quickly
  • Designed to have the staff learn about the new leader, and the new leader learn about the staff and key organizational issues in just half a day.
  • Supplements the one-on-one and departmental meetings the new executive will hold with staff
  • Developed at General Electric
  • Widely used at both for-profits and non-profits

How it works

  • The facilitator meets with the senior staff to gather their perspectives and concerns about the new leader including:
    • What they want most from the new leader
    • What they want the new leader to know about them
    • The obstacles and challenges
  • Facilitation questions are distributed in advance of the session.
  • Information from the discussion is aggregated and shared with the new leader while ensuring that there is no attribution of who said what.
  • The facilitator helps the new leader prepare his responses and attends the session when the new leader:
    • Addresses the staff’s perspectives and concerns
    • Talks about his expectations and his operating style

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“There are no facts, only interpretations.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.”

― Bertrand Russell

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