Onboarding refers to the critical transition into your new job. It's a period with a steep learning curve during which you get to know a great deal about the company and your role in it. You also learn about the company culture, your colleagues and other stakeholders. Some organizations provide formal onboarding programs for new employees. This isn't a simple orientation to the company, it's a more involved program that outlines objectives and activities to help you understand your role and mandate. Whether or not your company provides such a program, it's important that you take responsibility for your own onboarding. There are numerous resources available to help you in this regard, from books to online programs to coaches who specialize in executive onboarding. Making a commitment to succeed early on will encourage your success throughout your tenure at the company.