If you have not previously worked with a business coach, often referred to as an executive coach, the basis for selecting one can seem perplexing. What really matters? Congratulations! You've just received word from your manager (or other organizational sponsor, such as a Human Resources/Talent Management or other business leader) that you will be able [...]
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Election Day, 2012. Candidates for office at all levels of government have points of view on multitudes of issues and how they will address each issue if elected. Improving our schools is one such issue. In recent years, research has increasingly pointed to teacher quality as a primary driver of top quality schools. A Harvard [...]
Fortune Magazine and Aon Hewitt recently announced the 2011 Top Companies for Leaders. The results are based on a comparative evaluation of company submitted information on practices related to attracting, developing and retaining leaders. Top Companies for Leaders has been published nearly every year since 2002, with several companies consistently appearing on the list including [...]
Trend # 5: Learning is a Contact Sport - Will e-learning and social media ever fully replace the traditional classroom instructor-led learning environment? Not likely. Face-to-face engagement with learners enables a uniquely human connection, one in which communication can occur on multiple levels and visceral emotional connectedness can be created. Today, effective classroom training is [...]
“The ancient Romans had a tradition: whenever one of their engineers constructed an arch, as the capstone was hoisted into place, the engineer assumed responsibility for his work in the most profound way possible: he stood under the arch.” Michael Armstrong Former Chairman and CEO AT&T Accountability. We have heard it discussed frequently in recent [...]
The Discipline of Making Smarter People Decisions—Discipline #2: Establishing an Interview Assessment ProcessDon 2018-11-27T10:28:26-04:00
businessman looking at hand drawn business concept sketch Several months ago, I wrote a blog entry titled, “where smarter people decisions begin.” Summarizing that entry, I suggested a leader develop a job/candidate specification or scorecard for the position as the starting point for aiding the effort to get the right person in the [...]
Vector Illustration - Brain Searching Concept With the sudden retirement of California utility PG&E CEO Peter Darbee, the “President of the California Public Utilities Commission suggested that PG&E ‘return to its roots by hiring the most technically competent person, someone with a long standing history of performance in the energy industry.’" (PG&E CEO [...]
Red shoes standing next start with arrow painted on ground If you expect to make a key hire this year, follow the three steps below to begin the process for making smarter people decisions: Focus on priorities Begin by identifying the 3 to 5 most important outcomes that must be achieved in the [...]
A client, let's call him Joe, who recently joined a global consumer goods organization, participated in a process known as a New Leader Assimilation about a month into his employment with the firm. Joe's organization strongly believes that the success of a new leader is greatly enhanced by using a New Leader Assimilation to aid [...]
Recruiting is hard. It's just finding the needles in the haystack. You can't know enough in a one-hour interview. So, in the end, it's ultimately based on your gut. How do I feel about this person? What are they like when they're challenged? I ask everybody that: 'Why are you here?' The answers themselves are [...]