“Leader-proof” your transformation efforts: Build or buy transformational leaders?

Posted by
Noah Rabinowitz
on August 23, 2017.

A critical decision when looking to transform your business is “who should lead the transformation?” Who are the leaders in my organization that are going to create exponential value? Who are the game changers? In a perfect world, this is an easy question to answer because you have a well-developed bench of ready, willing, and capable talent. In reality, however, this is actually much harder because organizations around the world face a shortage—not a surplus— of these unique transformational leaders. As a result, organizations often face a critical question—to build or to buy transformative talent?

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A better way forward: Learner-centric leadership development

A better way forward: Learner-centric leadership development
Posted by Noah Rabinowitz on January 6, 2017.

As we’ve discussed in parts one and two of our four-part series, leadership development is about giving people the knowledge, tools, and experiences they need to be effective leaders at your organization. That means developing them in the context of your business strategies and the issues you face in executing those strategies and reaching goals. Delivering that type of contextual leadership development starts with thinking differently about how you approach leadership learning. To be truly effective, your learners—not the content or the delivery mode or the underlying technology—should be at the center of your approach.

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A better way forward: A business-first approach to leadership development

A better way forward: A business-first approach to leadership development
Posted by Noah Rabinowitz on November 09, 2016.

You may be familiar with cookbook approaches to leadership development: a dash of reading, a sprinkling of inspirational lectures, a few stretch assignments, a bit of mentoring, a case study or two, and even some cool field trips. The result might make leaders feel more prepared or more skilled in general and typically provides a great opportunity to expand their peer network, but the learning often isn’t readily applicable to the real-world problems of the business. In the second installment of our four-part series on leadership development, we look at how organizations can make the development effort more real, more relevant, and more likely to make a meaningful impact by tying it directly to the business.

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A better way forward: Digging out of the leadership development black hole

A better way forward: Digging out of the leadership development black hole
Posted by Noah Rabinowitz on September 09, 2016.

Leadership development is big business, to the tune of $31 billion in 2014.1 But where’s the payoff for that investment? Many companies don’t really know (and their consultants allow it to happen). They assume it’s a good thing to do, but leadership development is notorious for not being tracked or assessed in conjunction with the rest of the business or with the same rigor as other decisions and investments. This situation is not likely to be tolerated in any other area of the business and is clearly not sustainable. Yet here it persists, a veritable black hole where plenty of dollars go in, but few measurable results come out. I’d like to propose a better way.

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Designing the fabric of the new organization: 5 keys to success


Posted by Josh Bersin on April 26, 2016

I hope you’ve had a chance to dig into this year’s Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends 2016 report. The theme is The new organization: Different by design, reflecting this year’s No. 1 trend, cited by 92 Percent of respondents: the need to redesign our organizations and the way we get work done. The shift we clearly see is a move toward a new organizational model, one we call a “network of teams.” Your company might look like a hierarchy on the org chart, but in reality people operate in teams (sales teams, product teams, service teams, etc.), and the teams work with each other, often communicating transparently, sharing information, plans, and results.

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Feedback is the killer app

Feedback is the new killer app

Posted by Josh Bersin on September 3, 2015. Originally published on Forbes

Over the last several years, we’ve pointed out that employee engagement, culture, and gaps in the leadership pipeline have become top talent issues around the world.[1] More than 80% of all companies struggle to define their culture and only 17% feel they have a good handle on the engagement issues among their workforce.

At the same time these issues rise to the top, so does our frustration with the annual performance management process. As we like to think of it, “performance management is management” – so when we give managers a complicated, rigid process for evaluation of people, we essentially make management harder (or less effective). No wonder more than 60% of all companies are in a redesign of the appraisal process.

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What’s pushing the development of “leaders at all levels”?

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Posted by Neil Neveras on September 24, 2014

Our Global Human Capital Trends 2014 report points to leadership as the No. 1 talent issue facing organizations around the world and highlights a significant “readiness gap” between the need to develop leaders at all levels and organizations’ ability to actually do it. Let’s take a closer look, first examining how CEOs and CHROs are thinking about this issue of leadership development and building their pipeline, and then looking at how they’re going about it.

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