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November 19th, 2014

Why Should I Stay?

Author: Rebekah Kowalski, Principal Consultant, Strategic Workforce Consulting, Right Management

  In my previous blog Are You Getting Women in the Door but Not on the Elevator, I discussed why traditional career progression pathways are not serving women well, and seven ways organizations can begin to change the status quo.   Since then, I’ve taken part in several forums on women and leadership. I’ve listened

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November 12th, 2014

No Jerks. Period.

Author: Beth Linderbaum, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, Right Management

  Think about this.  A leader holds a meeting that lasts 1 hour.  The comments made by this leader are so destructive that a 2-hour “water cooler” discussion among 3 or 4 employees ensues.  After venting and complaining, each employee returns to work 1/2 as enthusiastic as before and 2x as likely to look for

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November 5th, 2014

High Potential Identification – Science and Subjectivity Balanced

Author: Thomas Henriksen, Director of Talent Assessment Solutions EMEA, Right Management

  In a 2013 study of how companies assess their high potential talent and senior executives, the authors noted that 82% of respondents said they used assessments to guide development of high potentials, while only 50% used assessments to identify high-potential individuals.   This finding is not surprising to those of us who consult on

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October 29th, 2014

From ACT Testing to Leader Development, Preparation is Key to Success

Author: Shelly Funderburg, Ph.D, Vice President, Principal Consultant

    Go to any college admissions testing site, like the ACT, and you will be struck by the lack of preparation of many students.  You’ll see kids running in late, breakfast in hand; some without pencils and IDs; and others desperately trying to find the right calculators.  Wait long enough and you’ll see many

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October 22nd, 2014

What High Potential Profiles Can Reveal About Your Leadership Culture

Author: Jacques Quinio, EMEA Leadership Development Solutions Director & UKI Talent Management Principal Consultant

  High potential programs bring value to the individual participants, by helping them reflect on their leadership strengths and areas for development. Such programs impact all the teams and communities the participant works with, and have a positive impact on the efficiency of the participants in their current or future role.   These programs are

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October 15th, 2014

High Potential: How to Read Behind the Label

Author: Steve Doerflein, Senior Consultant, Talent Management, Right Management

  At times we see leaders advocating a person for advancement simply because at some point he or she designated as “high potential.” Despite no clear evidence of the capabilities required for success in the role being discussed, the “high potential” label is sufficient to get the person considered.   When someone says an employee

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October 8th, 2014

Are You Getting Women in the Door, but Not on the Elevator?

Author: Rebekah Kowalski, Principal Consultant, Strategic Workforce Consulting, Right Management

  I hear the question all the time: Why don’t we have more women in leadership positions?   In 1950, the labor force participation rate of women in the US was around 34%.  Today, that rate is almost 47% and the US Department of Labor projects that by 2025, it will climb to 58.1% (compared

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October 1st, 2014

A Change Will Do You Good. Really. Trust Me.

Author: Stephen Smith, Principal Consultant - Hong Kong, Right Management

  I once heard a physicist describe the end of time.  She said it was like a photograph. The picture in a photograph will never change and that, she said, is what the end of the universe will be like because time is the measure of change.  Everything in life, without exception, changes; change is

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September 24th, 2014

Onboard with Care: The Art of Engaging Acquired Talent

Author: Steve Towers, Vice President, Principal Consultant, Right Management

  In 2013, the volume of mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. hit one of the highest levels in recent years,  and 2014 is shaping up to be even better. Or worse, depending on your viewpoint.   No matter how you look at it, acquisition integration is a fact of life in business today. In

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September 17th, 2014

Ask Your Customers if You Should Invest in Talent Development

Author: Ruediger Schaefer, Group Executive Vice President, EMEA and Global Talent Management

  The next time someone in your organization wonders aloud whether allocating more money to talent development programs will deliver a good return on investment, you might want to quote this statistic:   It costs anywhere from four to ten times more to attract a new customer than to keep an existing one satisfied, according

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