Top Companies Leverage Their Best Talent to Drive Results: Here’s How

My experience assessing talent within companies typically shows that high-performing, high-potential talent often makes up a small percentage of most organization’s total workforce, typically 10 – 15%. That observation has been confirmed in a global research study on workforce productivity conducted by Bain & Company. The study established that, on … Continue reading Top Companies Leverage Their Best Talent to Drive Results: Here’s How

The Sad State of Leadership Development – and a Solution

It’s estimated that U.S. companies spend over $14 billion annually on leadership development. Match that number to the abundant and growing research that finds most leadership development to be ineffective and the conclusion is a phenomenal amount of waste. A 2015 study by the Brandon Hall Group found that 81% … Continue reading The Sad State of Leadership Development – and a Solution

Culture and Scaling Up: Creating an Intentional Culture

Lessons from 2015 Culture Leaders of the Year I gained some new insights on Organizational Culture (and reinforced some previous ones) listening to a panel discussion with four finalists in the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Culture Leaders of the Year from 2015. Much of the discussion centered on the question, “How … Continue reading Culture and Scaling Up: Creating an Intentional Culture

Top Signs That You Are NOT Taking a Strategic Approach to Talent

Google “Strategic Talent Management” and you will come up with about 2 million hits. The discussion about STM is reaching a fevered pitch online, in blogs, and at conferences.  Approaching talent from a strategic perspective is more than just a hot topic. It is a significant evolutionary step up from … Continue reading Top Signs That You Are NOT Taking a Strategic Approach to Talent

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

Building a Strategy Capable Organization

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