Leadership & Talent
04.23.18   by Erin Burns
Can Leaders Be Too Innovative?
In recent articles, I have discussed seven personality traits that differentiate executive leaders from other leaders and shared insights on the first three: Objectivity in the Workplace, Having a Positive Outlook, and Being Engaged. This article focuses on the fourth trait, being innovative.
04.05.18   by Mark Nyman
Collaboration Conundrum, Part 1
Effective collaboration does in fact drive business results while simultaneously energizing and engaging the organization. We have been fortunate to work with a number of cross functional teams who had a focused goal and left the agenda from their individual functions at the door. We have been part of great improvements in time to market, brilliant change plans, significant reductions in handoffs, notable cost savings, and great product development. But these are the exception, not the norm.
03.23.18   by Erin Burns
Are Your Executives Engaged?
In recent articles, I have discussed the seven personality traits that differentiate executive leaders from leaders at other levels in the organization. These traits are helpful in identifying and developing high-potential future executive leaders. I have already shared articles illustrating the importance of the first two: Objectivity in the Workplace and Having a Positive Outlook. This article is dedicated to the third trait, being engaged or intrinsically motivated by leadership. In the coming months I will provide further insight into the remaining four personality traits that differentiate executives: innovative, a team builder, a quick learner, and trusting.
03.21.18   by Michael Phillips
Managing Up: It’s More About You Than About Your Boss
“How can I manage my boss?” I constantly get this question from people I coach. Sometimes there is an actual problem with their boss, but, just as often, there is simply a behavioral challenge for the subordinate. The real questions are: where does an individual actually have control and what can be done to improve the situation? Over the years, I have developed a list of five critical ways individuals can “manage up” by simply managing themselves.
03.21.18   by Erin Burns
The Importance of Executives with a Positive Outlook
Recently, I shared seven personality traits that differentiate executive leaders from leaders at other levels in the organization. These seven traits are: objectivity, having a positive outlook, being engaged, innovative, a team builder, a quick learner, and trusting. These personality characteristics are uniquely important in executive leaders and can also be used to help identify and develop high-potential future executive leaders. The focus of this post is to expand a little on the second of these traits, having a positive outlook.
03.06.18   by Justin Allen
Talent Accelerator (part 3)
Recently, I shared the results from a study on Talent in Asia, performed by RBL and the Singapore Ministry of Manpower. We evaluated how talent impacts 570 of the best performing businesses in China, India, and Singapore, in both the public and private sectors. This is the final part of a series, Summary of the 10 Secrets to Success from the Best Performing Organizations in Asia. Because many countries in Asia are shifting from exporting low-cost manufactured goods to exporting high-value financial and technical services, it has become difficult for many organizations to drive, cultivate, and foster talent, during this period of tremendous economic growth and dramatic transition.
01.24.18   by Michael Phillips
Do You Really Want More Collaboration?
Innovation and collaboration—those two words come up nearly every time I ask business leaders what they want to see more of in their organization. It doesn’t take too long to find out that these leaders don’t always know exactly what those words mean. It seems like the desire for “collaboration” is often nothing more than hope for better communication and increased speed.
12.20.17   by Nate Thompson
Effective Leaders Focus on Outcomes Rather than Excuses
One of the most common communication challenges leaders face is addressing a colleague, employee, or manager who has failed to meet expectations. An effective leader can transform this challenge into an opportunity by shifting the focus of the conversation away from the failure itself and toward outcomes and a path forward.
The RBL Group’s Dave Ulrich Inducted into the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame
We are pleased to announce that Dave Ulrich, Co-Founder & Partner of The Results Based Leadership (RBL) Group and Rensis Likert Professor of Business at the University of Michigan, has been inducted into the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame. Thinkers50, a globally respected organization that ranks and shares leading management thinkers, recognizes Dave and his fellow inductees as individuals who have made a lasting and vital impact on how organizations are led and managed.
11.15.17   by Jessica Johnson
4 Common Coaching Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them
Coaching has become an overused and misused term to describe all types of interactions between a leader of people and her/his subordinates. In reality, coaching is a true partnership between a leader and their team member. The coach manages the process—one that can be thought provoking and creative for both parties—and the subordinate is accountable for actions and results. Being able to help someone recognize their own strengths and weaknesses and how they can improve requires that the coach be the facilitator, not the owner, of change.
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