RBL Insights: Blog

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Living Up To Our Potential: How to Make Progress in HR

No question that in today’s changing business landscape, HR has the potential to respond to value-creating opportunities around talent, leadership, and organization, and to become pivotal for business success and employee well-being. But HR doesn’t always realize this potential.

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Collaboration Conundrum, Part 2

As illustrated in Part 1 of this article series, the conundrum with collaborations is the more we push for collaboration, the more we see wasted time and slower decision-making. Over time we have learned principles and lessons that help manage the conundrum and allow collaboration to be  effective. We begin by making a few decisions, guided by simple principles, which help determine the optimal approach to use.

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Coaching — Can I get a Witness?

As coaches, we need to be present for our clients. Whether we are meeting in-person, connecting on video chat, or talking on the phone—setting ourselves up so we can be authentically present for them is one of the greatest gifts we can give as a coach.

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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.

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Michael D. Phillips, Ph.D. /

Don’t Think Corporate Strategy, Think Strategic Process

A few years ago, Dave Ulrich and I published an article in Leadership Excellence entitled “The Vowels of Strategy.”  This piece has become the basis for many discussions and training sessions about how to involve the entire workforce in the strategic process, a subject I address frequently with clients. Since the publication of this article and following new insights from client engagements, I’ve updated elements of this framework.

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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.