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Effective Leadership Starts with Critical Thinking

Blog | Author: John Ager, Master Facilitator and Trainer, Kepner-Tregoe | Source: HCI | Published: 8 hours ago

To be an effective leader, you don’t need to be the smartest person in the room, but, it does help if you ask the right questions. Because leaders are the people responsible for resolving situations, this often requires taking or guiding action(s) in response to change. Critical thinking is just as important a mindset as decisiveness and leaders must be aware of the appropriate scenarios for each.

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How to Build a Successful Mentoring Program

White Paper | Author: Horace McCormick, Program Director, UNC Executive Development | Source: UNC Executive Development | Published: 3 days ago
Mentoring is a strategic tool that, when done right, can attract and retain high-potential talent and accelerate leadership development and readiness. Mentoring is also an effective tool for shaping organizational culture and closing engagement ... Read more
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Ditch Your 9 Box and Simplify Succession Planning for Success

Blog | Author: Amy Hirsh Robinson | Source: HCI | Published: October 16, 2014

To the shock of some and the delight of others, I always advise clients and HR colleagues to ditch their 9 Box tool if they want to engage in successful succession planning. For those unfamiliar with the tool, the 9 Box is essentially a chart or grid commonly used to examine talent within the organization and to make succession planning decisions. Placement of potential succession planning candidates in the 9 Box is determined by ratings of performance and potential – both based upon a three point scale (low, moderate, high). Each of the 9 boxes or categories derived from the ratings are labeled. For example, the high performer/high potential category may be labeled “Consistent Star.”
 

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How to Engage Business Leaders in Succession

Article | Source: SuccessFactors, an SAP Company | Published: October 13, 2014
Three essentials for the talent review … and beyond   As an HR professional, you know that effective succession management is critical if you’re going to prevent unplanned talent losses from disrupting ... Read more
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Driving Employee Engagement with Measurement and Conversations

Blog | Author: Charles Coy, Senior Director of Analyst and Community Relations, Cornerstone OnDemand | Source: HCI | Published: October 9, 2014

Day in and day out, employees show up to the office and fulfill the duties outlined in their job description. Whether that means they make sales calls or fix broken code, they come in and (hopefully) do their work. Seems like a successful employee, right? Yes, but maybe not a happy one. In fact, a majority of employees report they don’t feel driven to improve and innovate beyond what’s expected of them — and that’s costing companies big time.

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4 Ways to Unstick Your Stuck Thinking

Blog | Author: Nicole Lipkin, Psy.D., M.B.A. | Source: HCI | Published: October 9, 2014

When there is something that requires objective, clear thinking in your business or personal life, challenge your natural propensity to see what you want to see and hear what you want to hear by:

  • Challenging your assumptions - try to disprove, rather than prove, your hypothesis.
  • Seek outside opinion - get feedback from others who may see things differently than you.
  • Writing it down – the written word will make you feel more accountable to your analysis.
  • Admitting you were wrong, when appropriate - we hate to admit it, but humility goes a lot farther than rationalizations and justifications.
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Effective Succession Planning Best Practices

Blog | Author: Andrew Bateman | Source: HCI | Published: October 8, 2014

Today’s succession planning efforts need to be integrated into all aspects of the talent lifecycle, and must extend beyond the reach of the executive team. Most organizations today are already experiencing the reality of a need for a deeper penetrating succession practice. In the United States, 64 million people or 40% of the US workforce will reach retirement age by the year 2020. This emerging reality creates a necessity of which organizations need no reminder. It has never been more important for companies to develop and retain talent at all levels of the organization.

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