Senior executives nostalgic for past jobs

Nearly half of senior executives who move into a new role feel inadequately prepared for it.

The lack of preparation led to unfulfilled expectations, a hankering for their old role and even regret over the move.

Only half of respondents took the opportunity to try out a new approach, a survey by Hay Management Consultants’ Executive Coaching Practice found.

Those who had received training reported fewer problems relating to loss of support and change of office environment.

When asked what they would do differently next time, 42 per cent said they would obtain greater clarity about the job and 43 per cent would spend more time reflecting on the new role.

About 60 per cent wanted to develop their ability to influence across organisational boundaries and 40 per cent wanted help in developing top teams.

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