Embedded in the business, the ability of strategic HR partners to rise above the transactional HR demands and become full partners with their business leaders in setting and implementing strategy makes or breaks an HR organization’s strategic contribution.
RBL Insights: White Papers
In the last decade, we have addressed the issue of how leaders have impact by contributing to this huge volume of work with four books and many articles. In this article, we review this work and synthesize how we believe we have contributed a unique perspective.
For the last 30 years, the RBL Group has been on the forefront of HR transformation. We believe that HR is not about HR, but HR begins and ends with business. We find that many who focus on HR transformation are focused almost exclusively on how to organize the HR department. We believe in designing the right HR department, but focusing ONLY on the HR department is a narrow focus of the overall effectiveness of HR.
In recent years, U.S. companies spent an estimated $12 billion on leadership development programs (O’Leonard, 2010) and services with respondents to a recent survey saying that only a quarter of their training programs were effective at measurably improving performance. At RBL we’ve done extensive research (Murphy, 2011) and have decades of collective experience working with the top leadership companies around the world. That experience has taught us what works and what doesn’t when creating an effective and impactful leadership development program.
This article begins with the basic philosophy of coaching required for either behavior or strategy results. It then discusses key tenants and an approach for both behavior and strategy coaching, then concludes with challenges for executives who want coaching for results and coaches who want to deliver results.
Product brands are pervasive; in fact, we buy certain products in part because their brand reflects our self-identity. However, the emphasis in branding has shifted from products to the firms that produce or design them. Today it is less a specific product that entices the customer and more the reputation of the firm—and the firm’s brand is sustained and enhanced by the firm’s leadership brand.