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  • 20 Insights on Organizations

    Why do organizations matter in our world today? What are unique ways of understanding concepts of organization, talent, and leadership? How does one improve the organizations that affect them?

  • Accelerating Strategic Change Through Action Learning

    The global logistics industry is growing and changing. Not long ago, logistics was seen as a means of reducing shipping costs and not much else. Times have changed and as supply chain management has grown to a trillion dollar business, companies are turning to logistics firms for help in a variety of innovative ways, from initiatives aimed at reducing the firm’s carbon footprint to the use of ‘‘big data’’ to…

  • Aligning Firm, Leadership, and Personal Brand

    We have found that the concept of a brand promotes alignment between external expectations and internal actions. In marketing terms, brand represents the expectations associated with a product or service that differentiates it from competitor offerings in the minds of customers and influences customer opinion, choice, and behavior.

  • Are We There Yet?

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    Many in HR seem to be asking the question, “Are we there yet?” Too often, many in HR seek but never seem to arrive at their destination. HR must move beyond ‘administrative service’ or ‘compliance function’ and arrive at ‘business partner with credibility.’ In this article, Dave Ulrich suggests and discusses steps in the journey ahead.

  • Build a Bottom Line

    The Intangibles Audit enables leaders to identify which factors will have the greatest impact on future success.

  • Build on Your Strengths to Strengthen Others

    You can’t walk into a conference these days without bumping into a speaker who is trumpeting the value of building on your strengths. But building only on your strengths is not enough if those strengths do not create value for those you lead. In this article, Dave Ulrich outlines five areas where HR professionals can build on strengths that strengthen others.

  • Building a Leadership Brand

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    Thousands of companies spend millions on leadership development only to get lukewarm results. Why? They rely on leadership competency models that identify generic traits (vision, direction, energy). Then they try to find and build next-generation leaders who fit the model. Result? Vanilla managers and executives who aren’t equipped to manage their firm’s unique challenges.

    There’s a better way, say Ulrich and Smallwood. Build a leadership brand: A shared identity among…

  • Building a Robust Leadership Development Program

    In six steps we’ll discuss who should be trained—based upon your strategic direction and desired outcomes—and how to decide on training content. Once that is complete we’ll discuss learning methods and who might be best to deliver the right content. Finally, every LDP should have a measurement strategy that defines success at a higher level than attendee satisfaction, and we’ll suggest a framework for pulling it all together.

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