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7 Human Capital Meta-Trends

What human capital trends deserve your attention? If you have a vested interest in the human capital field, you have undoubtedly seen numerous studies conducted by reputable business organizations (e.g., consulting firms, professional associations, etc.) that discuss the latest trends regarding critical company needs. Being someone who shares this interest because my work is in the […]

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Is Hiring More Effective than Developing Leaders?

If you are similar to other executives, you sit in your share of meetings discussing what it will take to accomplish business objectives and sustain success. During the course of this discussion, the issue of buying or building leadership talent often surfaces. While this is an important talent management issue, there is a related issue […]

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Establishing an Environment of Accountability

Perhaps you have heard some of these responses from employees at your organization: “I didn’t get it done, because I was buried.” “I didn’t know that’s what you wanted.” “They didn’t follow the process which made us miss the deadline.” Placing the blame on others, producing the wrong deliverable, missing a due date and not […]

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Is It Leadership Arrogance or Confidence?

Is it confidence or arrogance that you are seeing in your leaders? An actual example from leadership benchmarking work I did with international executives may help to answer this question. As I exited the elevator at a Fortune 500 company where I was scheduled to interview a leader I had not met, I heard someone […]

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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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