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When Hiring Leaders, Focus on Fit

Posted by  Christian Spielman

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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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Top 3 Mistakes Organizations Make When Identifying High Potentials

Posted by  Paul Glatzhofer

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In fairness, many organizations still don’t do much work around high potential talent and succession planning. Therefore, the organizations that do have programs to identify and develop high potentials are definitely on the leading edge. That being said, many organizations are still managing their way through the early stages of the talent management life cycle, especially as they relate to high potential talent. They are so focused on getting a “program” or “process” in place that they either overlook key objectives, or focus on the wrong information or issues. Below are questions that address the three mistakes I come across when working with organizations on their succession planning initiatives. 


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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.


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Improve Your Leadership Skills Using These Self-Awareness Activities

Posted by  Christian Spielman

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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Succession Planning: An Introduction

Posted by  Paul Glatzhofer

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Organizations who struggle with succession planning often fall into one of these categories:


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Why is Resilience in Leadership Important?

Posted by  Paul Glatzhofer

How much does resilience in leadership affect an organization? 

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Resilience is a word that comes up a lot when talking about an individual or team that is behind. For example, I remember watching the Boston Red Sox make a miraculous comeback in the 2004 ALCS against the New York Yankees to overcome a 3-0 series deficit and go on to become World Series Champions. I also remember how the word resilience came up again and again during that comeback. But what is resilience really?


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How to be an Effective Leader During Times of Change

Posted by  Christian Spielman

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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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4 Leadership Topics Gaining Steam and Why They Matter

Posted by  Paul Glatzhofer

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Every few months, I step back and think about the world of leadership and review what's new, what people are writing about, what my clients are doing, and what new challenges have arisen.  It's sometimes fun to predict if a new topic is a fad or if there is some meat there.  Below are four topics that have come up several times in my work this year.  Some of them are new while others have been discussed for some time.  Here's my take on the importance of these four topics:


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New Leader? Here are 5 Tips to Hit the Ground Running

Posted by  Paul Glatzhofer

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After the excitement of a new promotion settles, a new leader must start the transition from being an individual contributor to leading a team. When you become a leader, you must change your mindset to work through others instead of doing everything yourself. To avoid burnout or leader failure, new managers must learn to lead in a way that increases team productivity, fosters a positive work culture, better leverages the skills of your team, holds employees accountable, and maintains work/life balance for everyone (including yourself!).

Here are five tips to hit the ground running as a new leader:


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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.
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