Succession Planning

Why Personality Assessments Do More Harm Than Good

Wouldn’t it be great if there existed a magical tool that could peer into a person’s soul and tell you how well they’ll turn out if you hire or promote them?  That’s pretty much what the nearly one-third of companies who use personality assessments believe they’ve found.  But what if there are flaws in this…

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Is Your Company Ready for the Impending Grey Tsunami?

  “The sky is falling!”  “The sky is falling!”  You know the story—Chicken Little gets hit on the head by an acorn, hemistakenly believes that the sky is falling, and then he runs around hysterically warning others of an impending disaster that never happens.  Likewise, for the last decade or more you may have also…

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Are You a Talent Developer or Talent Waster?

Few leaders have earned a reputation for being an exceptional talent developer… but they’re out there.  You may have heard of some of them.  In professional football, 20 of the NFL’s 32 head coaches trained under Bill Walsh or under someone in his coaching tree. In hedge funds, Julian Robertson, the founder of the investment firm…

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The Massive Cost of Recruiting You Never Knew About

Do you think you know how much it costs to recruit a manager or executive? You might take a moment to calculate the costs of advertising and agency fees, the time it takes to screen resumes and interview candidates, and the cost of onboarding. But if that’s all you’re thinking about, you’re barely scratching the…

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6 Essential Leadership Qualities

Since the dawn of the industrial revolution the most common criteria for promoting people to leadership positions has primarily been their technical ability.  Naturally, new managers tend to do the things that got them promoted, that is, they do the most challenging work themselves and leave the leftover tasks to less technically competent workers (those…

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Surprise! You’re a Mentor.

Whether you know it or not, people are watching you.  They’re learning from you and trying to infer the motives of your actions.  Now, if you’re a leader, its safe to assume that others are watching you about five times more closely than they normally would—dissecting, analyzing, and categorizing everything you say and do, as…

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5 Essential Practices of Great Second-in-Commands

I served as the third-in-command in a large branch of a fairly dynamic service organization.  When I recently told my leader that I was transferring to serve as the second-in-command at a different branch of the same service organisation, he told me “Go show them what it means to be a first follower.”  I was…

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