How to Build and Execute a Self Development Plan

Posted by  Christian Spielman

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.


Why Use A Leadership Assessment? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by  Paul Glatzhofer

Leaders greatly impact the success and growth of a business or organization. When you consider today’s leadership selection ratio and and hyper competitive global markets, leadership selection and development is especially important. Leadership failure can often mean the success or failure of the entire organization.

4 Ways to Develop an Effective Leadership Team for Your Organization

Posted by  Paul Glatzhofer

4 ways to develop an effective leadership team.jpgDid you know that around 50% of leaders fail?

Certainly, there is a variety of reasons for these failures. When I think about all of my clients and review some of the literature in the area of leadership failure, a few themes emerge about why leaders fail at such a high percentage.


What Makes a Great Leader? It Depends On Your Organization

Posted by  Trevor McGlochlin

iStock-637080884.jpgThere is more to a job than just winning. A great example of a leader who came to that realization is David Blatt. In January of 2016, Blatt was coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team of the NBA. In the middle of the season, while his team was leading the Eastern Conference with an impressive record of 30-11 (30 wins and 11 losses), he was fired. The general manager, David Griffin, explained that the separation was due to a lack of fit. A coach who performs at the highest level and is successful based on, arguably, the most important objective metric in professional sports (wins), can still lose his job. Maybe winning isn’t everything after all.


Our Most Popular Leadership Blog Posts of 2017

Posted by  Claire McCue


Happy Leadership Friday and last Friday of 2017! This year, we've covered a range of topics, from toxic leadership, to organizational change, to working with millennial leaders. And, we rolled out our Leadership Tips subscription. If you haven't subscribed yet, you can sign up here - you'll get brief, actionable tips delivered to your inbox weekly.


How to Prevent Toxic Leadership

Posted by  Jaclyn Menendez

In case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve had quite a bit to say on this topic lately. It started with an introduction to the concept (How to Recognize Toxic Leadership), because it is about more than just disagreeing with your boss or working for a micromanager. Toxic leadership occurs when a person in power negatively affects the organization and its people with their words or actions.



4 Ways Executive Selection Impacts Your Bottom Line

Posted by  Paul Glatzhofer

executive selection

It’s no surprise that leaders have a critical impact on the success and evolution of a business or organization. Given today’s economy and hyper competitive global markets, executive selection and development are more important than ever. The cost of leadership failure can often mean the success or failure of the entire organization.


4 Things Successful CEOs Do (that Executive Assessments Can Measure)

Posted by  Paul Glatzhofer

I recently read an intriguing article that spoke about the four components that set successful CEOs apart from their lower performing counterparts. There were two very interesting points in the article. First, the finding that hiring managers (in this case, the Board of Directors) who are hiring/appointing the next CEO do not have much success. They make a classic hiring mistake: they look for extroverted and engaging candidates with Ivy League educations that look good both in person and on paper. In the absence of other information, I would agree that these seem like good data points to use to make a hiring decision. In reality, though, many of these CEOs are not actually successful in these roles and about a quarter of their departures are involuntary. We know, and this confirms, that this type of selection criteria just doesn’t work.

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How to Reduce Leader Failure

Posted by  Alissa Parr, Ph.D.

leader-failure.jpgLeaders can have a very large influence on the functioning of organizations and teams. They set direction, inspire others to perform, develop staff, drive performance, and much more. They have a huge span of influence and can really dictate the health of the company. Well, what if I told you that approximately 50% of leaders fail at their job? Pretty scary, right?

Failure at this level of the organization can have very widespread impacts. Not only is it a financial burden when taking into account the costs of selection, recruitment, onboarding, and training, but it can also disrupt employee morale and public perceptions of the organization. Additionally, one of the biggest reasons why employees leave their organization is because of their relationship with their manager. If their manager fails to develop effective relationships or set their employees up for success, this negative interaction could influence the subordinate’s motivation to stay with the company.


The Top 5 Skills of Effective Leaders

Posted by  Paul Glatzhofer

skills of effective leadersA lot of time and research has been put into identifying the traits of successful people and successful leaders. There are a slew of books, TED talks, and other resources on the subject. But the topic continues to be talked about and debated. I think one of the reasons why it is such a popular topic is because leaders (well, good ones at least) want to continually develop their skill sets to be more effective. Likewise, organizations want the secret sauce to effective leadership as a way to increase profit. It is now almost a cliché for a company to say that they need to invest in their people in order to be successful. But what does that really mean?


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