SELECT PERSPECTIVES BLOG

The Changing Nature of Performance Management

Posted by  Paul Glatzhofer

performance-management.jpgThe Society for Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology recently released their 4th annual top 10 workplace trends. This list is meant to showcase the areas that I/O Psychologists believe are the most important to address for organizations in the upcoming year. Click here to read the full article.

While there is a lot of interesting information here the most interesting is the #1 trend. The “winner” was the changing nature of performance management. See below for an excerpt from the SIOP article:


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How Effective Leadership Can Help Your Company Adapt to Change [Expert Interview]

Posted by  Jessica Petor

effective-leadership.jpg"Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." – John F. Kennedy

We are all aware that change is inevitable and that adapting to change is key to success for organizations and people alike. When change happens within an organization, effective leadership is needed for a successful transition. Change can be as simple as the restructuring of a small workgroup to as large as a merger.

Recently I sat down with a Senior Consultant in the Organizational Change Management and Business Analysis/Process Design, Jamie, MLHR, to discuss the importance of effective leadership during times of change. We also discussed the importance and role of coaching during large-scale changes.


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Developing & Engaging Leaders

Posted by  Paul Glatzhofer

develop_engage_leaders.jpgDeveloping and engaging leaders is one of the most important initiatives that companies have and is also one of the most difficult. American Greetings has placed a great deal of emphasis on ensuring that they select, develop, and engage their leaders. Most organizations see their leaders as the key to staying competitive in a global economy and want to select and develop leaders better than others. On Thursday November 17th, Select International is going to facilitate a live discussion with American Greetings about their leadership development journey. More specifically we are going to focus on a few key topics, including the following:


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Are You a Good Boss? [Flowchart]

Posted by  Mark Rogers

good-boss.pngWe all know that being the boss isn't an easy job. A good boss needs to be able to wear all sorts of different hats. Among other things, he or she needs to be good at motivating, listening, giving feedback, delegating, and sometimes resolving conflict.

Not all of those are easy things to do. You probably have an idea of where your leadership skills excel and where there is room for improvement, but let me ask you a question.

Overall, do you think you're a good boss?


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10 Do's and Don'ts First Time Managers Must Follow to Be Successful

Posted by  Paul Glatzhofer

first-time-leader.jpgSo, you finally got that promotion and now you’re the manager. Congratulations! But the problem is that you have no idea how to be a manager. You’ve seen others manage but you have no formal training and your organization is asking you to step up.

Not to worry. Being a good manager is like being a good person. If you listen to others, care about their welfare, and help them to succeed then you will, in turn, be successful. Sounds easy, right? The problem is that most first time managers are not all that successful. Even those who are good people. Just because you have the title doesn’t mean you have all the answers.


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7 TED Talks Guaranteed to Make You a Better Leader

Posted by  Alison Medeiros

leadership-talks.jpgLet me ask you a question: why is leadership so important? I know it’s a simple question, but an important one. Good leaders have the ability to take their companies to the next level, while bad leaders can drag a company down. Leadership helps maximize efficiency and achieve organizational goals. More importantly, though, is that leadership can influence the behavior of others and motivate employees to achieve great things.

Improving leadership skills is a goal of many leaders that we talk to. It’s a great goal to have, but not always easy to accomplish. The following 7 TED talks provide excellent perspectives on many different facets of leadership that will challenge your current thinking and help you become a better leader.


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7 Reasons Why a Succession Planning Program Should Be in Your 2017 Budget

Posted by  Paul Glatzhofer

succession-planning.jpgIt’s never too early to start looking ahead to 2017. In fact, your organization may already be finalizing its 2017 budget. Most organizations have realized the importance of hiring, developing, engaging, and retaining their leadership talent – no surprises there. They have also found value in using an objective and reliable measurement method to identify leadership and high potential talent.

However, some organizations still struggle to get buy-in from senior executives (those who hold the purse strings) and lack budget approval for one of the most important drivers of organizational success. If you are renewing your leadership assessment budget or trying to get executive support for the first time, these seven facts will help you get budget approval.


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5 Pitfalls That Can Derail Any Leadership Assessment Program

Posted by  John Fernandez, Ph.D.

leader-derail.jpgWhen done well, developmental leadership assessments can provide participants with some very useful and detailed feedback to help them become more effective leaders. However, even with high-quality leadership assessments that are well-administered, there are a few common pitfalls that can derail such programs. Below are 5 such pitfalls that stakeholders should be made aware of, and hopefully make efforts to prevent, before rolling out any developmental leadership assessment program.

1) Not taking the assessment seriously

Resistance from participants in leadership assessments is not uncommon. They may believe they are being forced to take the assessment to address perceived capability gaps with which they disagree, they may not believe the program will help them develop as a leader, or they may simply not want to take a multiple-hour battery of tests.


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Why is Emotional Intelligence an Important Leadership Trait?

Posted by  Rose Keith

emotional-intelligence.jpgEmotional Intelligence has become a hot topic in terms of leadership traits. What exactly is it and how does it play out in the context of leadership? Emotional Intelligence has to do with one’s ability to both recognize and control his/her own emotions, while leveraging emotions appropriately as situations dictate. It also has to do with one’s awareness of and sensitivity towards others’ emotions. It could easily be argued that emotional intelligence is an important characteristic for anyone at any level of an organization. A leader’s emotional intelligence can have far-reaching influence over their relationships, how they manage their teams, and generally how they interact with individuals in the workplace.


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What You Need to Know When Identifying High Potential Talent: An Expert Interview

Posted by  Alissa Parr, Ph.D.

potential-success.jpgIt’s all too often the case that when you need to hire an employee, you need to move fast. By the time a requisition opens, the position has been vacant for a good amount of time and you need someone, anyone to be in the position. Backfilling, often with a delay, is the name of the game. But, when you are considering high impact, leadership roles, this method is far from ideal. Instead, organizations should consider building a leadership pipeline, so when the time comes, you have individuals ready to step into the position.

Identifying and developing high potential talent, or those employees who have the ability, commitment, and desire to rise and succeed into higher positions, is a big topic in organizations these days. I had the opportunity to talk to an expert in high potential talent. Nicole Ginther, who is a Manger of Talent Management at NuVasive, has her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and has a great deal of experience developing and implementing high potential programs nationally and internationally. Here are some tidbits of our conversation on high potentials.


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