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The Onboarding Challenge

The mandate David Jones had been given seemed clear enough: Bring some discipline and focus to a relatively young and fast-growing company that designed and manufactured wind turbines. But just a few months into his new job as COO of Energix, David was wondering if he’d been set up to fail.

It had seemed like the perfect opportunity for an ambitious executive with such strong leadership skills. After majoring in finance in college, David had joined an iconic Fortune 100 manufacturing firm that was both global and diversified. First in the supply chain unit, and later in R&D, David had risen steadily through ...

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