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Christian Spielman

Christian Spielman is a Leadership Solutions Associate based in the Pittsburgh office of Select International. Christian provides client support across many different industries including manufacturing, customer service, retail, distribution, healthcare, transportation and mining.

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When Hiring Leaders, Focus on Fit

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When hiring a new leader into your organization, what do you think is the most important thing to focus on? Is it technical skills or certifications? Is it past experiences? The answer likely depends on the specific position, but one thing is certain – no matter the role, fit plays a huge role in determining a leader's success (or failure). Just because someone's experiences and skills look good on paper doesn't mean that person will be a good fit in the role, the team, or the company. When hiring external leaders into your company, don't forget to consider these important aspects of fit.


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How to Build and Execute a Self Development Plan

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self-development-planLast Friday on this blog we talked about activities that can help a leader become more self-aware. This week, we're going to take it one step farther and talk about what to do with this newfound knowledge.

Typically, we think about the career development process as having four steps:

  1. Self-Awareness

  2. Goal Setting

  3. Action Planning

  4. Implementation

Since we've already addressed step #1, let's break down each of the subsequent steps in more detail.


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Improve Your Leadership Skills Using These Self-Awareness Activities

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self-awareness-activitiesNobody is perfect…that's easy for pretty much everyone to admit. So, why do some leaders act as if they have no faults? Some may be trying to protect their reputations - they might think that admitting mistakes or weaknesses will result in a loss of respect. Others may simply lack self-awareness. How can someone admit a fault if they don't even know about it? Working with someone like this can be very frustrating, especially if that person happens to be your supervisor. Having a strong sense of self-awareness is good for employees at all levels of the organizational chart, but it's even more crucial for leaders. The tips below can be useful for someone looking to increase their sense of self-awareness.

 


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How to be an Effective Leader During Times of Change

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Everyone has heard the old saying, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." That quote is most often attributed to Benjamin Franklin circa 1789. A lot has changed since then. In fact, given the rapidly evolving world we live in today, I would argue that change itself could be added to the list of certainties. Technology has drastically altered the way we do business over the last few decades; companies are constantly exploring ways to meet consumer needs faster, cheaper, and better. As organizations change with the times, leaders should follow these basic tips to help keep their teams on track.


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Leadership Tips for Better Communication

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Most organizations struggle with communication. Some don’t even know they have an issue. As with most things, I believe good communication starts at the top. Organizations typically don’t struggle as much with communication roadblocks if they prioritize effective communication as a leadership competency.


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5 Negative Consequences of Hiring a Bad Leader

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bad-leadership.jpgMost people know that it’s important to hire good leaders. There are all kinds of positive outcomes associated with focusing on hiring great talent. But what happens if you don’t? A poor hiring decision at the leadership level can be detrimental to your company. Consider these five side effects of hiring a bad leader.


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Hire Leaders: Don't Just Promote Your Best Individual Contributor

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job-promotion.jpgA few days ago, I got a really interesting question from one of my clients. We were having a discussion about a lower-level leadership role that she needs to fill, and she asked, “What’s the most common mistake you see when filling this type of position?”

The answer was a no-brainer. Way too often, companies simply promote their best individual contributor into a leadership role. Unfortunately, not all individual contributors have the necessary skillset to be an effective leader.


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6 Aspects of Emotional Intelligence You Must Consider When Hiring a Leader

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eq-emotional-intellgence.jpgWhen selecting leaders for your organization, there are several important characteristics to look for in a strong candidate. For example, you probably want a leader with good delegation skills, the ability to lead change, the ability to create a vision, and execute that vision. All of these are admirable traits for a leader, but they tend to be mostly task-oriented.

It’s important to consider these types of behaviors in a leader because of the direct impact on the bottom line, but it’s essential to remember that this is only one part of the equation. A successful leader must also lead a team of employees, so you can’t ignore the softer skills when assessing candidates. One particular area on which you should focus your efforts is emotional intelligence.


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