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“I Value You” – A Simple Message to Top Talent

Most leading organizations invest thousands of dollars in employee engagement surveys and 360 evaluations to measure the pulse of their employee base and provide meaningful feedback to their leaders.  In addition they sponsor leadership development initiatives aimed at developing, motivating …

Leading Across Generations

The writing is on the wall – there is a shortage of future leaders. The pool is smaller and more competitive. With the inevitable retirement of the baby boomers and a smaller population of younger workers entering the workforce, it …

Leading with Emotional Intelligence

The concept of EQ became popularized by Daniel Goleman’s  book “Emotional Intelligence” published in 1995.  However, it has more historical roots dating back to Dale Carnegie’s 1936 classic “How to Win Friends and Influence People”.  These authors have challenged our …

Creating an Impactful Development Plan

We’ve all been there; it’s that time of the year again when your boss asks you to create a development plan. For most people, this process is rather arduous – you don’t know what to include that’s different from what you …

What Skills Make a Leader a Good Coach?

More and more organizations identify “coaching” as a preferred leadership style for their management workforce, linking this approach to improved business performance. Employee surveys support the need for managers to develop coaching skills. Our own work with the Best Boss …

4 Key Steps to Succession Planning

Eighty million Baby Boomers are preparing to retire over the next decade. As a consequence, corporations will need to radically adjust their workforce planning and succession management strategies. Yet, in a recent Heidrick & Struggles survey of 140 CEOs and …

Executive Influence

A  perplexing but not uncommon phenomenon is when high performing leaders advance to more senior roles, only to struggle with achieving the kind of outcomes that distinguished their careers in the past. Did the organization misjudge their talent? Did the …

Leadership Presence

In assessing and coaching leaders, it is not uncommon to hear about the importance of Leadership Presence for successful leaders. While this concept is certainly the buzz in our industry, if you asked ten different people for a definition, you’d …

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