Uncovering Your Company’s Top Talent

Your best source of top talent may be right under your nose. I’m often impressed by the results of a robust talent assessment process. Invariably, organizations that take the time and effort to do effective talent assessments create a clear picture of the overall capability of their organization. Invariably, robust … Continue reading Uncovering Your Company’s Top Talent

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Why It’s Critical to Be Even Better at Firing Than Hiring

During a tour of Google headquarters in 2014, our host described the impressive amount of time and effort the entire company put into hiring the best talent. However, he went on to proudly state that Google was even better at firing people. Why would the world’s #2 Most Admired Company … Continue reading Why It’s Critical to Be Even Better at Firing Than Hiring

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The New Talent Equation: Hire Slow, Lead Easy, Develop Intentionally, Fire Fast

In 2014, I had the privilege of visiting Facebook headquarters to learn how this rapidly growing and innovative firm leverages talent to drive results.  When we were talking about their approach to talent, our host said that Facebook, “hires slow, manages easy and fires fast.”  My reaction was, “Wow! That’s a brilliant … Continue reading The New Talent Equation: Hire Slow, Lead Easy, Develop Intentionally, Fire Fast

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Training is a Dead End

Why employees are avoiding Training and eLearning in droves Consider the results of a Corporate Leadership Council survey of 1500 managers in 53 organizations around the world: 76% felt that their Learning and Development function was ineffective or very ineffective in helping them achieve business targets Only 14% would actively … Continue reading Training is a Dead End

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Making a Difference: Intentional Development in Action

The ultimate leadership development investment not only increases the capacity and capability of leaders but also provides a return to the organization in terms of meaningful results.  We just completed a project with a client that achieved both. The Situation:  A mature and growing business wanted to assure their continued success.  … Continue reading Making a Difference: Intentional Development in Action

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Finding Hidden Talent in Your Organization

One benefit we often see from doing robust, objective Organization Capability Assessments is that we uncover hidden talent (Click here or here for more info on assessing talent).  These are often employees that report to a leader that is not a good developer or promoter of talent.  Or they have … Continue reading Finding Hidden Talent in Your Organization

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Employees Remember 1% of What a Leader Says but 100% of What A Leader Does

Don’t get me wrong, effective and targeted communication from key leaders is important for any organization to be effective and engage its workforce.  Communications are important . . . but not sufficient.  What is more critical are the behaviors regularly exhibited by leaders and the impact of those behaviors.  For … Continue reading Employees Remember 1% of What a Leader Says but 100% of What A Leader Does

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Which Comes First, Culture or Behavior?

Easy.  Behavior comes first.  And its not a chicken-or-the-egg kind of thing.  The culture of an organization is first created by the behavior of its leaders that are then reflected across the organization. Employees remember about 1% of what a leader says but 100% of what a leader does. This means … Continue reading Which Comes First, Culture or Behavior?

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Is Leadership Development Worth It?

The short answer is “Yes, but . . . “.  The “but” being that most of the leadership development I come across does not achieve any kind of meaningful business impact.  The long answer is, “Yes, if the development is properly designed around evidenced-based practices”. So much leadership development is really … Continue reading Is Leadership Development Worth It?

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Leading Leadership Development

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

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