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Challenging Leadership Thinking … To Enable Strategic Improvement

Own Your Development – Part 2

November 20, 2014

Dr. Scott Yorkovich


In your organization, who is responsible for developing professional talent? Who figures out how to maximize and develop talent to help the organization innovate and remain competitive? Who develops succession strategies and “high potential” programs? Some would say that, ultimately, that’s the responsibility of senior leadership. Yes…but that’s only partially true. Others say that’s the responsibility of HR folks. Also partially true. Yet others will say that each manager or leader needs to take on this task. Again…only partially true. If not these folks, then who?

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Face to Face

November 17, 2014

Dr. Robert Gerwig

Gerwig 2014-11-17

Have you recently conducted an inventory of the “devices” you have around you? For the picture above, I decided to grab the devices that I knew were within 15-20 feet of me. Granted, at the time, I was sitting at my desk. I wasn’t outside cutting the grass or in the shower. What you see pictured represented probably 30% of the devices that reside within my immediate family (currently totally two adults and a high school student).
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Own Your Development

November 14, 2014

Dr. Scott Yorkovich


In your organization, who is in charge of professional development? Who organizes the programs and strategies to develop talent? I’m sure that many of you work for organizations that have no personnel dedicated to this responsibility. This is a huge problem and there are a couple choices you have, whether you are a leader or not, to address it.
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Relax Your Hiring Constraints

November 10, 2014

Dr. Robert Gerwig

Gerwig 2014-11-10

At first glance, the title of this article might make you cringe. If you’re in the business of securing talent, as I am, don’t you want the best? Why would I ask you to lower your standards and “settle” for a less desirable job candidate? That’s just it, I’m not. What I am suggesting is that you need to have appropriate, realistic job requirements (what I’m calling hiring constraints) that don’t constrain your search unnecessarily. Let me explain.
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Obstruction Permits

November 6, 2014

Dr. Scott Yorkovich


Do you have an obstruction permit? Do you have a permit to get in the way, block the normal flow of progress, cause others to take a detour, and delay the completion of work? No, I’m sure you don’t. Then ask yourself, “Why is that I obstruct my team’s progress?” “Why do I get in their way, causing them to take detours, and delay getting the job done?” If you’re thinking, “But I don’t obstruct them!” I suggest you sit down with one of your trusted employees and ask, “Honestly, do I get in your way sometimes? Do I create any barriers to you getting your job done?”
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