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Gartner ThinkCast

Jan 23, 2024

One-quarter of executives are in the process of transitioning into a new role at any given time, and 40% say they are likely to move again within two years. If you are a seasoned executive who hasn’t signed up for a fresh opportunity, whether at your current organization or another, you likely will soon. The problem? Executive transitions are very challenging. Today’s economic uncertainty and heightened employee and public expectations make it hard to establish credibility quickly and deliver tangible impact. Plus, the ripple effect of a poor executive transition creates significant risk and expense for both the executive and their organization.


In this episode, Blakeley Hartfelder, Senior Director, Research at Gartner, discusses the reality, challenges and pitfalls of being a new executive, along with tips for establishing a successful transition plan and personal brand. She emphasizes the importance of defining and regularly updating success criteria, adopting a human-centric leadership approach and how the entire C-suite can (and should) support a successful transition. 


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