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New Exec On The Block

Help your new executives succeed from the start.

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This story appears in the April 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

You hire executives because of their knowledge, experience and skills, and you expect them to be as successful as they were in their previous positions. But they can't do it alone-and when they fail, the overall damage can be significant. The techniques used to help new execs are basically the same ones used for any new hire, but the angle is slightly different. Here's what David B. Peterson, senior vice president with Personnel Decisions International, a management and human resources consulting firm in Minneapolis, suggests:

Clearly define specific expectations. Even the most brilliant people can't read your mind.

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