Why You Should Start Development Initiatives at the Top

Development initiatives, learning opportunities, coaching … if it’s for mid-level managers most of the time I hear them say, “upper management needs to be here! Why aren’t they doing this, too?”  And you know what? They’re right! Why? Because leaders go first. Because what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Because [...]

Why You Should Start Development Initiatives at the Top2017-12-04T19:30:52+00:00

Leadership Development: How to Streamline your Approach for Growth

What process does your organization use for selecting or promoting people? How do you equip leaders for their roles? And how do you evaluate their performance? Here’s the approach I see too often: Scatter shot!  Most organizations don’t have competency models. Many hire and promote without using psychometric assessments, even for their leaders. Well-meaning [...]

Leadership Development: How to Streamline your Approach for Growth2017-12-04T19:30:52+00:00

Overwhelmed Leaders: The Cost of Being a Super Hero

Most leaders display an outward confidence that creates an aura of leadership gravitas. As a coach to leaders I have a unique vantage point to see “behind the curtain,” and it’s quite revealing. When I begin an engagement with a leader, I see the title and the accomplishments. The confidence and the polish. And [...]

Overwhelmed Leaders: The Cost of Being a Super Hero2017-09-04T05:41:25+00:00

Investing in New Managers – The Benefits May Surprise You

One of the vexing questions for companies (especially in the small to mid-size category) is about investing in new managers – and how it benefits you. The questions that lurk under the surface are usually along these lines: How can we know if investing in new managers is worthwhile? What if we just let [...]

Investing in New Managers – The Benefits May Surprise You2017-10-05T21:10:49+00:00

Four Secrets to Developing Excellent Managers

It’s no secret that managers are key to a high performing organization. And yet the rate of failure is stunning. Research shows 75% of employees in the U.S. feel their direct manager is the worst part of their job. And 65% would rather have a new boss than a pay raise. Wow! So how [...]

Four Secrets to Developing Excellent Managers2017-09-04T05:49:15+00:00

5 Books Every Developing Manager Should Read

Does summertime make you want to dig your toes into the sand and your mind into a good book? Many of us crank up our reading in the summer for pure enjoyment. How about sprinkling in some books to enhance your development as a manager? Sometimes the perspective of a good author is just [...]

5 Books Every Developing Manager Should Read2017-09-04T05:49:44+00:00

What To Do about Millennials and Development

How does your organization approach millennials and their development? It's a quandary most of us have heard expressed this way: The CFO says, "What if we develop our people and they leave?" The CHRO replies, "What if we don't develop them and they stay?". It feels like a catch 22, doesn't it? Millennials are [...]

What To Do about Millennials and Development2017-09-04T05:50:05+00:00

Increasing Emotional Intelligence in Leaders: Three Steps

Over two decades after Daniel Goleman first published Emotional Intelligence people continue to be keenly interested in the concept. I saw evidence this week as my company sponsored a SHRM-Atlanta event. We posted a flip chart with the question “What do you think new managers need to learn most?” Event attendees placed colored dots [...]

Increasing Emotional Intelligence in Leaders: Three Steps2017-09-04T05:50:27+00:00

Five Best Practices for On-Boarding a New Leader

You’ve done the hard work of selecting the best candidate for the position. You’ve invested time and money in interviews, assessments, and decision-making meetings. You’ve set the start date. Now, what do you do to ensure your new leader gets the best start possible? A study conducted in 2008 by the Partnership for Public [...]

Five Best Practices for On-Boarding a New Leader2017-09-04T05:50:49+00:00

Using Team Assessments to Improve Teamwork

Assessments are powerful tools to help you make informed talent selection decisions. And they provide rich information for targeted individual development and coaching. But what about team assessments? Teams are often referred to as an organization’s most untapped competitive advantage. Teams can be tricky and easily swerve down the spiral of dysfunction. Getting off [...]

Using Team Assessments to Improve Teamwork2017-09-04T05:52:44+00:00