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The Foundation for Executive Team Momentum

Who should be on the executive team, and how can we help ensure that the team operates in an effective manner? These are frequent questions that I encounter when working with organizations, and they are important questions given that teams fail about 60% of the time according to the research of Eunice Parisi-Carew. Many organizations […]

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Are You Assessing or Guessing with Your Leaders?

If the cost of hiring the wrong executive is up to 27 times the executive’s annual salary (according to Brad Smart) and the average contribution for someone who is a high fit for an organization is 144 percent greater than an individual who is a low fit (according to CPP), shouldn’t a company ensure that it […]

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Strategic Workforce Planning?

Do you have the right people and necessary competencies to achieve your strategic objectives for this year as well as the next several years? Although this seems like an intuitive business question, many executives are slow to ask it (if they ask it at all). Historically, companies do not give enough consideration to strategic workforce […]

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Valuing the “How” and “What” of Results

Are the “what” and the “how” really that important to organizations? The “what” and the “how” are abbreviated descriptions for two critical elements organizations (and the leaders and employees who drive them) need to function. The “what” represents results that come from the performance of work done at the individual, team or organizational level. Examples […]

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Is Conflict Good or Bad?

According to the National Institute for Advanced Conflict Resolution, up to 30% of a typical leader’s time is spent dealing with conflict. Further research found that over 65% of work performance problems are due to strained relationships between employees as opposed to deficiencies in employee skill or motivation, and CEOs and senior vice presidents reported […]

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Determine Your Talent Management +/Δ

The debate as to whether talent management (TM) is a legitimate business concern as opposed to a passing fad has been settled for most companies. That is why these organizations have incorporated TM issues into daily business operations and have dedicated more resources to address them. While this is good news, a crucial question deserves […]

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Implementing Successful Change

As the economy continues to improve, companies are likely to be thinking about the challenges they face in operating their businesses and crafting the solutions to address them. For those organizations that may have already taken these steps, this may be the time when executives at these companies put those solutions in place. Unfortunately, a […]

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Conduct a Leadership Self-Audit

If you are like most leaders, you will continue to look for ways to become more effective in your work and career. These ways could include a variety of methods such as getting exposure to role models of desired performance or experts in particular fields, taking on stretch assignments to obtain experience in areas where […]

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Is Stress a Business Problem?

Stress is not a new topic, but its impact is often underestimated. Based on research from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health along with the American Psychological Association, the answer to the title question is “yes.” More specifically, these organizations found: Stress on the job costs the U.S. economy $500 billion on an […]

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Leading vs. Managing Through Adversity

Whether it is due to poor economic conditions, aggressive competition or a product failure, companies will periodically face adversity which will test the executives who run these organizations. The key consideration is how these individuals should handle such realities. For example, how big of a factor should cutting costs be for organizations that are trying […]

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