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Post date: July 24, 2018
This is part of a series of posts that provide lessons and techniques for readers to supercharge their leadership development programs and implement a reliable pipeline for their company’s future leadership. Last month we discussed developing a leadership development program that is compatible with...
Post date: January 3, 2019
Corporate decision-making and forecasting is difficult enough, but it is exponentially more challenging in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) environment.  To develop better individual and organizational decision-making to make accurate and efficient decisions, especially in a...
Post date: June 28, 2016
Recently I’ve been in the path of a lot of changes. Since change doesn’t happen in a vacuum, there’s been this domino effect where one change that I didn’t spearhead inadvertently triggers the need for a second change that I do need to spearhead, and so on and so forth.  Fortunately, my immediate...
Post date: May 17, 2017
Take a moment to consider one of the world’s great platitudes: It’s lonely at the top. While tired, in today’s business climate it’s a concept that still holds some truth. Executives at the highest spheres of influence can live in a bit of a bubble. Prevailing wisdom is that these executives, many...
Post date: August 16, 2016
Lack of candor characterizes what leaders struggle with most. We define candor in a way that captures its Latin origins and reflects its cognate, candle. The essence of candor is to shine or glow and produce light and heat. Leaders need to illuminate conditions in a crisis with meaningful...
Post date: November 8, 2018
Your culture is something other companies can try to replicate, but will always be uniquely yours. It was formed over time and has hopefully grown into a strategic advantage. When you bring on a new leader, it’s important they understand not only where you’re headed, but also how your culture will...
Post date: August 28, 2017
Think back to your first professional job. You probably felt relatively useless during the first few weeks, and your employer expected a ramp-up period. After asking questions, observing behaviors, and learning from mistakes, you became successful at your job—with plenty of help from others. Most...
Post date: February 14, 2019
This post is part of an ongoing series that provides lessons and techniques for readers to supercharge their leadership development programs and implement a reliable pipeline for their company’s future leadership. Read the previous articles here: Making It Work, Working With Sherpas, and Mentoring...
Post date: February 13, 2017
Losing the battle on employee engagement and retention is the surest road to business failure. Employee turnover not only undermines long-term client relationships, but replacing employees can also get very costly—generally 20 percent of annual salary for mid-range positions (earning $30,000 to $50...
Post date: November 1, 2017
Openness is so important to leadership that maybe we should stop calling people “leaders” and rename the most effective ones “openers.” Leaders open up or shut down opportunities in direct proportion to how open or shut down they are to themselves and to others. We worked with a senior executive a...
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