Leadership & Talent
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.
11.29.17
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.
10.03.17   by Erin Burns
Objectivity in the Workplace
One of the most important, unique contributions leaders can bring their organizations is the use of discretion to respond to pressures or opportunities that have not been anticipated by existing policies, procedures, methodologies, etc.
06.28.17   by Erin Burns
Predicting Potential: Personality Matters
Future potential (promotability) is the ability to master the greater scope and scale of higher-level positions or the expanded scope and scale in a rapidly-growing business. But identifying which of many successful mid-level leaders have what it takes to succeed in the top jobs is a challenge that most organizations grapple with.
06.05.17   by Jessica Johnson
5 Simple Ways To Be A Better Listener and Leader
I recently wrote about three different stages leaders can utilize as we seek to be stronger listeners. If we want to help others feel understood, we need to target our listening in Stages 2 and 3 to understand both what people are saying and what they are not saying.
05.11.17   by Norm Smallwood
Will Your Leadership Improvements Stick?
Debate rages about how much of what is taught in leadership courses actually transfers to leadership practice. Some have suggested that knowledge transfer is as low as 10%. Other studies show the number closer to 60%. We estimate that 20% to 30% of ideas learned in leadership training turn into practice. Whichever of these statistics you believe, it is clear that the investment in leadership training (as well as coaching, performance management, and individual development plans as well) is not having the impact it could, or should.