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

Posted by  Christian Spielman

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.


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:


Why Your Company Should Strive for Gender Equality in Leadership (and How to Get There)

Posted by  Alissa Parr, Ph.D.

gender-equality.jpgTake a look at these statistics:

  • In S&P 500 companies, women account for 14.2% of top executive positions and only 24 CEO positions.

  • Women represent 46% of entry-level professionals, 29% of vice presidents, and 19% of C-suite executives.

  • Companies with 50% of women in senior operating roles show 19% higher return on equity (ROE) on average.

  • The most gender-diverse companies are 15% more likely to have financial returns above their industry averages.

Based on this information, there are two logical conclusions we can come to: (1) gender disparity still exists in leadership and (2) gender diversity is beneficial to the bottom line of organizations. There has been a lot of attention on women trying to break the glass ceiling and to “lean in,” but progress has been very slow.


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.


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:


Developing and Engaging Millennial Leaders in the Workplace [Whitepaper]

Posted by  Paul Glatzhofer

millennials-working.jpgAs the percentage share of younger workers in the American workforce continues to increase, millennials are starting to have a bigger influence on the organizations looking to employ them. This is especially true as they move into leadership roles. As is the case with every generation, there are certain characteristics common across millennials. Only recently have organizations begun adapting themselves in order to attract and retain these employees.

There are often stark contrasts between the wants and needs of different generations, but the companies that will thrive in the coming years are those who prioritize the accommodation of millennials without boxing out other employees. An organization failing to adapt to this shift in the labor market will see themselves losing market share.


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?


Do Trump and Clinton Have the Leadership Skills Necessary to Be President?

Posted by  Alissa Parr, Ph.D.

election-2016.jpgNovember 8th is a day that several people are looking forward to. People may see it as the day to fulfill their civic duty or to make a stand for what and who they believe in. They may just see it as the day when the negative media ads will end or as a day they are off from work. Regardless, it’s Election Day. It’s a day when we get to elect a new president to run our country.

Being in the business of selection, we posed the following questions:

  • What does it take to be president of a country?

  • Do our current candidates embody some of these traits and skills?

A president or CEO of any business has a lot of responsibility and the decisions they make can shape the direction of the company. The same can be said for the President of the United States. Scary, right? Well, in reviewing several decades of leadership research, we know that high-level leaders need to embody the following broad skill sets:


A Roadmap for Identifying & Selecting High Potentials

Posted by  Alissa Parr, Ph.D.

high-potentials.jpgIdentifying, developing, and engaging high potentials is an important part of every successful organization’s talent strategy. They know that their culture is driven by their leaders and they also know that high performing leaders can be associated with all sorts of positive outcomes (e.g., increased retention of staff, higher employee engagement scores, etc.).

One of the critical drivers of these programs is the need to develop and engage their high potential talent. Organizations have a huge need to not only develop their talent but also to engage them so that they do not go elsewhere looking for advancement and development opportunities. Now more than ever, we are facing a talent war. Great leaders are hard to find and even harder to retain in a competitive global economy.


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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