Ron A. Carucci

It’s been known for decades that failure rates among transitioning executives are too high, leaving exorbitant costs, damaged organizations and careers behind. But little has changed in the way organizations prepare leaders to assume executive positions.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Our ground-breaking ten-year longitudinal study and approach offer a comprehensive look at how successful executives transition to the highest altitudes of their organization, and thrive once there.
Organizations are making strategic bets to drive growth.
Part of the bet includes the executives entrusted with leading the way to success.
Accepting our 50-50 odds as “the best it gets” is no longer an option. Pushing for something better isn’t just possible….it’s necessary.

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Failure with a side order of good intentions: Even the best leaders stumble

Nobody’s shocked when someone who’s an obvious idiot flames out in a job they were never cut out for. But more than 50% of executives still fail within the first 18 months of their appointment to a higher altitude – and many of them are the good ones. What accounts for so many promising young executives reaching broader assignments and stumbling once there?

Ten years of research, more than 2700 interviews and surveys have revealed consistent patterns of tripwires that cause even the best to fall. Here are four common traps well-intended executives unwittingly step into.

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About the Author

Ron is a seasoned consultant with more than 25 years of experience working with CEOs and senior executives of organizations ranging from Fortune 50 to start-up in pursuit of transformational change. His consulting has taken him to more than 20 different countries on 4 continents. He has consulted to some of the world’s most influential CEOs and executives on issues ranging from strategy to organization to leadership. He has worked extensively in the health sciences, bio tech, and healthcare provider sectors, and in the technology, consumer products and retail food and beverage industries. He has led work on several large-scale merger integrations and subsequent culture change initiatives, and enterprise level global organizational redesigns. He has been featured in HBR, Fortune, Business Insider, CNBC, Thought Leaders, Business Week, and Bloomberg. He is the best-selling author of 8 books, including the most recent, “Rising to Power, The Journey of Exceptional Executives, with Eric Hansen (2014).

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