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 n.— «No matter if you’re the next Carly Fiorina, Michael Eisner or Maurice Greenberg, or someone assuming a middle-management position, “getting up to speed”—something referred to as “onboarding”—is a challenging, never-fast-enough rite of passage in today’s results-demanding, talent-deprived marketplace. For the average corporate manager, it takes more than six months to hit a break-even in which their organizational contribution surpasses the costs of their being appointed in the first place.» —“Memo To New Executives: Get Ready Already” by Kevin Cashman Forbes Aug. 9, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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