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  • How Top Companies Develop Their Leaders

    Everyone knows good leaders make a difference. Good leaders know talent creates value. It is intuitive even if evidence is elusive. At least one seminal piece of research found that differences in executive leadership accounts for as much as 45 percent of organizational performance.

  • How Top Companies Develop Their Leaders - Developing Leaders - Issue 11:2013

    Everyone knows good leaders make a difference. Good leaders know talent creates value. It is intuitive even if evidence is elusive. At least one seminal piece of research found that differences in executive leadership accounts for as much as 45 percent of organizational performance.

  • HR Works With Customers

    In this short piece we zoom in on how HR builds value by integrating customers into the design and delivery of HR work. At ‘Træfpunkt Human Resources 2013’ on OCT 2nd Allan Freed from RBL will share more research, practice and case stories on the productive and valuable relation between HR and customers.

    Originally published in HR Denmark. Read the article here.

  • Leadership Brand

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    Your company’s brands hold intangible value and differentiate your firm from rivals. So does your leadership brand – a shared identity among your organization’s leaders that differentiates what they can do from what your rivals’ leaders can do. In Leadership Brand, Dave Ulrich and Norm Smallwood show how branded leadership delivers unique value for firms’ investors, customers, and employees – elevating market value and creating a sharp competitive edge. The…

  • Leadership Deficits Underlie Downgraded Credit Ratings

    We need to solve our debt crisis to restore confidence in the American economy. Even more we need our leaders to work in the best interests of the nation to find solutions rather than serve unrealistic notions of political purity. Only by creating a surplus of effective leadership will we restore confidence on Wall Street and Main Street.

  • Leadership Development Principles That Deliver Results

    It is tempting and easy to cut back leadership investments in tough economic conditions. While recession times require appropriate management actions, leaders and CLOs should not under- or over-react. Under-reaction would occur if training continues as usual. Over-reaction would occur if all leadership investments are stopped or dramatically changed. The five principles Ulrich and Smallwood propose help ensure that changes in economic cycles do not affect investments in leadership development.

  • Leadership Sustainability

    Most of us who are interested in developing leadership have been here. We have taught a leadership development course with the latest principles of effective leadership; we have coached an aspiring leader about how to interpret and use 360 feedback; or we have reviewed an organization’s leadership development plans with the board or executive committee.

  • Leadership Sustainability

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    Most good leaders want and try to become better. Around the world today, and every day of the year, thousands of leaders will attend leadership training to glean insights into how to lead better. At the end of the training, performance development, coaching, and 360-degree feedback, most of these leaders will resolve to use their new insights to become more effective. Unfortunately, few of them will implement these good intentions.


  • Leadership Sustainability: Develop Seven Integrated Disciplines - LE

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    Most good leaders try to become better. Thousands of leaders: attend leadership training; receive performance reviews; get individual development plans; receive coaching with ideas on how to change their behavior and deliver better results; and complete a 360-degree feedback process with data on how they are seen by others. At the end, most leaders resolve to use their new insights and be more effective. Unfortunately, few implement these good intentions.

  • Making Better Hiring Decisions

    The “science” of hiring has improved to where there are some lessons that can be applied to help hiring managers make better decisions and reduce undesirable turnover.

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