Identifying and Filling the Gaps in Your Leadership Practice

After having lived in the Midwest most of my life, I have come to recognize spring as pothole repair season. It usually takes place from December to April as municipalities repair potholes caused by the snow, rain and ice from winter storms. Already in 2023, the city of Chicago has repaired 215,000 potholes. If not repaired, potholes can damage a car’s tires, alignment and undercarriage, as well as posing a problem for bicyclists.

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Advancing Your DEI Initiatives With Data

Implementing a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) program requires an organization-wide cultural change. This change needs to start from the top and permeate throughout every level. Some of the areas impacted by the change include promotions, assignments, hiring practices and resources planning. Additionally, individual managers will need to change the way they select or recommend people for an opportunity as well as embrace new processes while selecting from a broader pool of qualified candidates.

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Hunting for Toxic Leaders in Your Organization

Radar is used in several aspects of our everyday lives. It works by using electromagnetic sensors to detect, locate, track and recognize objects from a distance. Some common uses include:

  • Tracking weather patterns and storms by the weather service
  • Tracking and monitoring airplanes by traffic control
  • Tracking spacecrafts and other objects by NASA
  • Tracking friendly and enemy forces by the military
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Strategies to Retain Your Best Leaders in 2023

Organizations lose good people every year. In this current era of workforce disruptions, the losses can be even worse. The challenge for organizations is to minimize the loss of their best leaders. This has implications not just for the current year but could reverberate for years to come from an interruption of your leadership pipeline. There are two strategies organizations should deploy immediately to minimize the loss of their best leaders in 2023 and beyond, including:

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Step Up to Leadership Resources Management for 2023

Organizations spend billions of dollars each year on leadership development programs, but very little, if anything, on managing the leadership resources they developed. Leadership resources management is a data-driven approach to managing an organization’s leadership resources. It enables more informed decisions in promotions, assignments, retention and hiring by replacing subjective interviews, relationship-based promotions and selections with a quantifiable, repeatable and unbiased leadership management process. It goes beyond leadership development and helps organizations better manage their leadership resources.

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Tales From the Leadership Front: The Negative Impact of Toxic Leaders

Have you ever worked for a toxic leader? Fortunately for me, I have never been in that situation. I’ve worked for bad or ineffective leaders, but not a toxic one. Toxic leaders disrespect their employees, are abusive, unethical and typically don’t take responsibility when something goes wrong (but will take the credit when things go right).

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Tales From the Leadership Front: “How Can I Get You to Stay?”

At some point in our careers, many of us have heard this question after we turned in a resignation letter. It’s happened to me a couple of times. One occasion that stood out was when I was assigned to manage the relationship of an unhappy insurance client. They had reason to be unhappy as their project was way behind schedule with no plan in place to finish it in a timely manner. Additionally, their 5-year, multi-million-dollar annual contract expired at the end of December. I was assigned the client in April and charged with getting them to renew before the cancellation notice deadline of September 30.

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