Business of Life
Posted: Sun, May 8 2011. 7:23 PM IST

Just getting a new leader on board is not enough. He will need guidance on how the company works–a ‘learning buddy’ can help him adapt – Komal Sharma

How can you successfully integrate leaders who have made a lateral entry into your business? This was a topic of debate at the three-day HR Leadership Congress, India, organized by UK-based media and research organization Ideas Exchange in Delhi last month. One of the speakers at the event was Ed Cohen, executive vice-president of Nelson Cohen Global Consulting, which helps companies develop their leadership pipeline and learning strategies. 

Cohen, who spoke to Mint about helping leaders adapt to their roles in a new team, company cultures and attrition, was senior director at strategy and technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton’s corporate university, the Centre for Performance Excellence, from 1998-2005. Between 2005 and 2009, he was chief learning officer at information, communications and technology company Satyam Computer Services (now Mahindra Satyam). Cohen and Priscilla Nelson, his partner at Nelson Cohen Global Consulting, are presently dividing their time between the US and India.

Cohen and Nelson are authors of Riding the Tiger: Leading through Learning in Turbulent Times. Cohen has also authored Leadership without Borders: Successful Strategies from Global Leaders. Edited excerpts from the interview:

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