Onboarding vs.Waterboarding: How Not to Drown at the Outset

Onboarding Vs.Waterboarding: How Not To Drown At The Outset

‘Onboarding? More like waterboarding,’ said a friend when I asked if his new company was onboarding him at all. I later met up with someone else who said the new company’s onboarding strategy was to go around the office and introduce the COO, CMO, CIO (who essentially said ‘don’t bother me if you have questions, go to global HQ’.) and…

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Ill Repute

A lunch conversation the other week, and we turned our talk to a mutual friend. My lunch partner (who does not work with him, but partners with others in the company) had recently spoken with him about his challenges inside the organisation. "I told him-very indirectly-that his boss has been asking around about him. Nothing pointed, but he’s asking around."…

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Tell Me You Love Me–A Tale of Talent Loss and Retention

I recently spoke with a friend, a very accomplished professional in her field, working for a well-known MNC. She’d considered leaving them for another company (not a competitor), and they had just increased her overall package, so she was staying put. I asked her what had happened. She told me that she really enjoyed the company, the culture and colleagues…

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How some companies interview badly; 5 suggestions to raise the bar

I once had a corporate client with bad interviewing habits. It wasn’t just one person; the slowness to hire seemed to be part of their culture, a rather sclerotic interviewing process. The visible damage was often good candidates, initially interested in joining but lost interest after a few months, and later spoke disparagingly about them, reputational bruising which was unnecessary,…

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Win the Boss Over–5 Points

I recently had coffee with a friend, reminiscing about his previous company and one of the co-CEO's there who has since moved on.    "Smart guy," my friend said, "although we never got along very well."    "Why?"    "You were either with him or against him, not a lot of grey. I wasn't part of his inner circle."    "I got that already,…

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The authentic voice when interviewing

The authentic voice. Companies want to hear it from candidates when interviewing, and candidates always need to think about finding their cadence in an interview. But what does an "authentic voice" really mean within in a corporate setting, whether interviewing or maneuvering through the organisation? Authenticity often radiates from comfort–borne by repetition; confidence in knowing what you do well; and…

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