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Strategic Start® Executive Onboarding

Accelerate Executive Transition Success

Today newly promoted or hired executives are expected to produce faster than ever before. They can do it with the proper onboarding workshops and support.  But unfortunately most are expected to “hit the ground running”.  An unrealistic expectation even for a super star.  The statistics are sobering:  64% of executives hired from outside, and 34% of those promoted internally, fail in the first 18 months.  Worst of all, the cost of failure is estimated to be at least 4X annual salary.  Supporting your newest talent at the top effectively is clearly one of your best investments.

To meet the challenge of navigating the crucial First 100 Days, we designed STRATEGIC START®, a timely executive onboarding solution and a smart investment to dramatically increase the likelihood of success.  Our unique coaching and consulting process has revolutionized executive transitions, and been proven by the hundreds of new executives we’ve guided through transition for clients in government agencies, corporations, unions, non-profits and associations.

STRATEGIC START® is a smart, condensed program that produces in a few weeks the trust building and learning that often takes up to 18 months.

During our onboarding workshops, executives are counseled to take full advantage of their brief Honeymoon Period, taught to leverage it as an invaluable opportunity to access information, learn the culture, assess needs, and intelligently initiate change as they positively lay the foundation for long-term success. Executives are most vulnerable during transition and we help them acquire the knowledge they need and to build key relationships that fuels early momentum and success.

Connie Meyer shares what it really takes for your new superstar to hit the ground running and how a minimal investment up front saves millions in avoiding costly failures:


The STRATEGIC START® Executive Onboarding Package is a comprehensive transition process that includes 10 critical transition meetings designed to dramatically condense the time to accomplish specific critical objectives: 

Quickly Grasp the Strategic and Operational Situation

Mission, Vision, Goals, Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, threats, Priorities, Challenges, Key Stakeholders, Customers.

Understand the Culture and the Big Picture

Context including history, values, and invisible rules.

Develop Key Relationships

Align with the boss's expectations, situation analysis, decision making authority, and access to timely feedback. The Direct Report Team, Key Stakeholders, Customers and Peers. 

Deliver Desired Results Quickly

Identify critical priorities and "early win" goals for the first 100 days.

Executive Onboarding Support and Coaching

 Systematically avoid the "potholes" that commonly derail new executives. Preparation to make a great first impression. take full advantage of stakeholder and direct report meetings.

Accelerate Executive Transition Success with Strategic Start 15 Day Package

Investment: $15,000. plus travel expenses.  

 Welcome your next new executive with this Strategic Start onboarding package, a unique, proven, coaching and consulting process customized to the needs of your newest executive.  We partner with you to provide the immediate support that enables your newly hired or promoted executive to thrive from the first day.

 This executive onboarding package includes:

  • Partnering with HR to ensure alignment and logistics.
  • Private transition coaching meetings, beginning before the first day.
  • Facilitated meetings with the hiring manager to ensure alignment on expectations and strategic situation.
  • Facilitated full day  meetings with the direct report team that gets everyone on the same page.
  • Establish clarity about the key stakeholders and strategy to build relationships.

Strategic Start 100 Day Package

Investment: $25,000. plus travel expenses.  

In addition to everything in the first executive onboarding package, this includes::

  • Transition coaching to address the emerging situation, development and avoiding de-railers.
  • Planning meetings to develop strategy to focus and achieve early wins.
  • Analysis of stakeholder interviews
  • Check in meeting with direct report team to ensure alignment to team agreements and performance progress. 


License Strategic Start®

Benefit from the freedom of your own in-house transition consultants to successfully support top talent from their very first day by licensing Strategic Start®.  

We’ll spare you the developmental costs and headaches with a proven approach including all the materials you need.  Our unique executive onboarding process has been developed, tested, and refined over 15 years, and for over 10 years we’ve trained senior HR executives, facilitators, and organizational effectiveness consultants to confidently and independently deliver and administer Strategic Start®.

Licensing is accomplished by simply attending the 2 Day Facilitator Training Session.  We don’t hand you a solution in a box and wish you well, we train you to succeed.


Onboarding Workshops

Strategic Start® Executive Onboarding Facilitator Training 


  Strategic Start Executive Onboarding


What Participants Can Expect

  • Everything they need to succeed, beginning with a comprehensive Facilitation Handbook including agendas and guides for 10 critical transition meetings, all handouts and a Transition Guidance Notebook for the executive.
  • Easily customize and produce materials quickly, with everything you need on a flash drive.
  • Learn the key factors and best practices of successful executive onboarding and what causes derailment.
  • Understand the critical transition coaching points.
  • Gain the skills to assess the situation accurately and customize the approach to be an exact fit to the needs.
  • Methodology to market Strategic Start® to internal clients.


Onboarding Workshops Day One
  • Getting Started- Introductions, Objectives, Agenda, Licensing Agreement
  • Standing in the new executive’s shoes- what do they need to be successful?
  • Research- key factors for a successful transition
  • Overview of 11 Strategic Start Meetings
  • Lunch Provided
  • First Coaching Session with Executive- overview and practice
  • Information Sharing Meeting Executive/Direct Report Team-Facilitation Guide
  • Practice Coaching and Meeting Facilitation
Onboarding Workshops Day Two
  • Preparation Meeting with Boss (Hiring Manager)
  • Information Sharing Meeting New Executive and boss-facilitation guide
  • Third Coaching Session- Integrating the Learning
  • Preparation for the Planning Meeting
  • Planning Meeting- Facilitation Guide
  • Lunch Provided
  • Logistics and Planning Overview
  • Marketing to Internal or External Clients
  • Practice Marketing initial correspondence and meeting
  • Customization- Putting it all together
  • Closure and Adjourn

Who should come?

Senior HR, Facilitators, Internal OD consultants, Executive Coaches  

Bring this Onboarding Workshop to Your Organization

Call: 301.270.0558


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Participant comments:

  • “The flexibility of Strategic Start and the training can be customized to my needs.  Connie is a great facilitator and coach.” Paul Condon  Dryden flight center, NASA
  • “What I found most valuable was the examples, practice opportunities, and the ability to immediately support clients”  Agora Publishing
  • “Connie took us through not only the “what” but also the “why” of Strategic Start, drawing upon research and real life examples.” Betsy Daise, NEA“
  • "We leave this seminar with so many valuable resources.  Connie is such a pleasure to learn from—a positive, upbeat and knowledgeable teacher.  What was most helpful to me was all the practice sessions.  I feel confident that I will be able to effectively bring this to my company.”  American University


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