Quaestus CEO Succession & Onboarding
After placement, candidates are often left more or less left to fend for themselves, and can get lost in the dynamics of the political arena. Being successful in a new position involves more than a “sink or swim” strategy whereby newly appointed leaders must try to identify the existing values and norms within their new organisation.
Quaestus believes that this can be improved upon. Quaestus offers a “Blended Leader Growth Experience” whereby leaders are guided in the process of familiarisation with the organisation in a systematic manner. This “learning process” consists of the following steps:
- Self Analysis & Plan: based on selection, an Onboarding plan is devised together with the candidate, based on the insights that s/he has obtained through the selection program. This has an immediate effect on the self-confidence of the leader and influences their chances of success.
- Role Definition: in this important phase, the role of the new leader must be made clear, both for the leader and the key stakeholders: what can and cannot be expected of one another? Performance suffers if there is ambiguity and/or a lack of clarity. A USA/UK study reported losses of $ 37 billion annually in regard to role ambiguity in organisations.
- Social Integration & Communication: 60 % of failing managers attribute this to insufficiently creating relationships with the main players in the organisation. It is important to support leaders in learning to communicate in the right manner. Many leaders communicate primarily at content level and not enough at the interpersonal level.
- Stakeholders & Culture: It is essential to obtain a clear understanding of the dynamics in the new environment. The incorrect interpretation of the political force field within the organisation will inevitably lead to failure.
Leaders placed by Quaestus are supported by an intensive Onboarding program in which a mix of techniques is offered: coaching, mentorship, peer-learning, behaviour modelling, one-on-one training, all elements specifically tailored to the individual leader’s requirements. This increases the chance of success.