Succession Planning

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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How Massively Successful Companies Order Their Priorities

I recently wrote about the Coming Talent Revolution and the calamity it will cause employers who are not paying attention to the signals in the current labour market.  Employees are no longer content to work for an employer who puts profits before people and purpose.  The best talent will inevitably be drawn to progressive employers…

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A Talent Revolution Is Coming

Do you love your job?  On Sunday nights, are you chomping at the bit to tackle that project on your desk, or do you mostly feel grief for the loss of your fleeting two days of freedom?  Employment surveys and workforce studies keep telling us that the vast majority of people are in the second…

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How to Keep Your Millennials on a Shoestring Budget

So much has been written about how different Millennials are from the rest of humanity that you’d think aliens had abducted this new generation and replaced them with completely irresponsible, self-absorbed tech junkies.  But when it comes down to it, there’s really only one difference that matters when comparing Millennials with past generations in the…

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Found: The Lost Cypher For Revealing Leadership Potential!

I sometimes ask executives and HR leaders: “If I could give you a magic ‘something’ to make leadership development easier, what would that magic something be?”  By far, the most common request is for an effective leadership assessment tool—one that can actually determine if someone will be an effective leader.  There are literally thousands of…

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What’s Your Plan When The Unexpected Happens?

Last week was a first for me… I was interviewed on MSNBC about how to prepare for unexpected circumstances in business, and how having a succession plan can save your bacon. I was a guest on the show Your Business, which offers business tips and advice every Sunday morning. The show began with a short…

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