Succeeding in a New Job During the First Three Months

CareerCast - Life-long Career Development

Starting a new job in today’s environment can be exciting yet extremely challenging. Even if you land your dream job, success is not guaranteed. A significant number of individuals fail to meet expectations in the first three months. Yet this is largely preventable. In this CareerCast, global leadership expert, author, founder of the New Talent Management Network, and vice president of talent management for Avon Products, Inc., Marc Effron shares his insights on successful onboarding and how to begin the process the day you accept the offer.

Aired March 19, 2009

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Marc Effron is vice president, talent management for Avon Products, Inc., where he is accountable for building the quality and depth of Avon’s leaders.

Working to support Avon’s 40,000 global associates, Marc and his team create and manage the processes for talent planning and succession, leadership and functional training, measuring and building engagement, developing high potentials, executive coaching, performance management, and more. He applies a practical, fact-based approach to building leaders, emphasizing managerial accountability.

Marc’s prior experience includes starting and leading the Global Leadership Consulting Practice at Hewitt Associates, where he created the Top Companies for Leaders study. Marc was also senior vice president, leadership development for Bank of America, director of organization effectiveness and learning for Oxford Health Plans, and a compensation consultant for a global consulting firm. He previously served as a political consultant and a congressional staff assistant.

Marc is currently writing One Page Talent Management to be published by Harvard Business School Publishing in 2010; he coauthored Leading the Way, coedited Human Resources in the 21st Century, and has written chapters in eight management and leadership books. He’s also published in journals like London Business School's Business Strategy Journal and Leadership Excellence magazine.

He is widely quoted in the business media on leadership issues and is a frequent speaker at industry events. He earned a BA degree in political science from the University of Washington and an MBA with honors letters from the Yale School of Management.

In 2007, Marc founded the New Talent Management Network (, a nonprofit networking and research organization of more than 700 talent management professionals. More information about Marc is available at