As many of my clients look ahead to the tsunami of leaders that will be leaving their organizations in the coming years, a big question I often get asked is, ‘Where do we start?” My clichéd answer is, “At the top!” However, I don’t just mean that succession management should focus on … Continue reading Leading Leadership Development
The raft of baby boomers set to retire is astounding at some companies. I had a client that has been in existence for decades that recently experienced the largest per capita retirement in their history – many in leadership and executive roles. Add to this that 401k balances and stock … Continue reading Are You Ready for the Silver Tsunami?
Depending on the decade, there seems to be widely divergent definitions of leadership development. Based on the research and my experience in what works in this new millennium, I define Leadership Development as a deliberate and systematic process to: Identify critical leadership competencies, Identify pools of high-potential candidates at all … Continue reading Leadership Development Redefined for the 21st Century
There are many keys to effectively executing an organization’s strategy. In my opinion, the most critical factor is assuring that the organization has the capacity to execute strategic goals and objectives. I call this creating a strategy-capable organization and it highlights the role that talent plays in assuring strategic success. That … Continue reading Building a Strategy Capable Organization
I recently had the privilege of visiting several of US’s most successful and admired organizations, including Google and Facebook. It was a marvelous opportunity to experience how these rapidly growing and innovative firms leverage culture. A comment by our Facebook host really stuck with me. When we were talking about … Continue reading Hire Hard, Manage Easy, Fire Fast
Why do we need a strategy? Seems like a strange question but I’ve had it come up in conversations with leaders, especially in companies that have been successful without a written/published strategy. (What I often find is that they really do have a strategy in mind and they, as leaders, … Continue reading The Neuroscience of Strategy
A colleague recounted a perspective from an HR client that said they didn’t think that companies neither needed to assess their leadership talent nor do formal succession planning. Instead, the HR functionary believed that good leaders just “naturally bubble to the surface.” My colleague and I, as we are want … Continue reading Do Great Leaders Naturally “Bubble to the Surface” Or The Fallacies of the Effervescent Model of Leadership
I hate to admit it but the first time I facilitated a group process was in 1979. I’m sure that first effort wasn’t pretty but it started me down a career-long study of the art and science of facilitation. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done since … Continue reading The Magic of High-Impact Facilitation Revealed