Pressured To Decide Quickly And Go With The First Solution? - Learn How to Think Through Solutions

Solving complex problems requires time, and it’s unlikely that the first solution that comes to mind is the right one. That’s why thinking through solutions is such an important leadership skill. As a leader, you face many problems on a daily basis, and it can be difficult to devote time and energy to finding the best solution to every problem, even when you have done your research. This skill enables you to consider all your options and ensures that you don’t just settle on the first solution that comes to mind or make a reactive decision out of frustration. Such reactive decision-making often results in ineffective solutions that only address superficial issues and leave the underlying problems unresolved.

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Your Promotion Decisions are Illogical and Probably Illegal

There are many things in life that baffle me, but none so much as the illogical lack of progress and action to correct diversity in workplaces. You don’t have to search far to find compelling and sound research calculating that organizations do far better once they make moves to increase the representation of women and people of color in their leadership ranks. Organizations are more productive and profitable, have a stronger market valuation, produce better quality goods and services, employee engagement grows and talent is retained. These seem like good things, particularly when most executives are not sleeping at night due to stalled growth and a leaky talent pipeline. It appears that diversity is not only a race or women’s issue, but a strategic imperative for all organizations. That would be logical, right?

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Webinar: Why Promotion Decisions are Illogical and Probably Illegal

Thursday, August 29 at 12pm MT | 11am PT | 2pm ET

To compete in the war for talent, organizations are reinforcing efforts to identify, grow and promote their internal talent. But unlike hiring practices, these internal decisions made by business leaders are not nearly as scrutinized for accuracy, effectiveness or adverse impact. While women hold nearly half of all entry-level roles, at the first critical promotion to first-line manager, the gender gap widens significantly, leaving only 38% of manager level roles held by women. The gap widens further up the leadership pipeline, with fewer and fewer women with the experience to be considered into senior-level roles.

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Is Your Input Needed For Others To Make The Right Decision? - Learn How to Empower Others

People grow when they are empowered to do so—when they own their decisions, feel personally responsible for outcomes, and directly experience the consequences of their actions. But if you don’t empower others to make decisions, then you run the risk of creating a team of helpless individuals who simply do what you tell them but don’t have the confidence or ability to think and act independently—plus you will become the decision-making bottleneck of your team.

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Why Use Assessment Centers? Because They Increase Quality of Hires

The use of assessment centers (simulation assessments with live role plays) has been on the rise with 66% of North American companies reporting that they use virtual assessment centers to identify talent (Mercer, 2018). Even though going virtual has reduced the cost of assessment centers, they still remain more expensive than traditional pre-employment tests that measure personality or cognitive ability. Is the added investment in assessment centers justified?

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Do You Have To Go Back Often To Solve The Same Problem Again? - Learn How to Analyze Information

You can only solve a problem effectively if you understand its root cause, and you can only understand a problem’s root cause through research and analysis. This means gathering data and taking the time to compare and contrast evidence from multiple sources, even when there is pressure to jump to quick conclusions. Without a good analysis, you cannot understand an issue properly, and you are likely to end up solving the wrong problem or just addressing superficial symptoms.

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Shorter & Faster: Recent Trend in Assessment Centers

The past decade has seen significant changes in the assessment center practice, especially the rise of virtual assessment centers that preserve the live role-playing component and assessor observations of actual behavior. Now that technology has made assessment centers more convenient and cost-effective, there is a new push to deliver an even shorter version to a larger number of employees. What are these “shorter & faster” assessment centers like?

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Struggle To Get Things Done While Helping People Grow? - Learn How to Mentor and Coach

People don’t develop skills by taking a class or reading a book. It’s your job as their leader to actively help them develop them through feedback, challenging assignments, suggestions, and reflection. If you don’t invest your time and energy into developing the people on your team, they will stop learning, stagnate, and become disengaged, and their performance will eventually decline.

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How to Make Leadership Development Personalized

Developing leaders and building soft skills is at the top of agenda for many organizations. But how do you personalize the development process for every leader in your company? You can’t offer executive coaching to everyone and the traditional classroom or e-learning “one-size-fits-all” format is just not enough anymore. So what are some alternatives?

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Do You Often Procrastinate? - Learn How to Create Urgency

As a leader, creating urgency is an effective way to push individuals and teams to deliver results. Without a sense of urgency, your teammates won’t push themselves to work hard, and they may procrastinate and struggle to get tasks and projects done on time. When people lack a sense of urgency, they are more easily sidetracked with daily distractions and can end up wasting time on tasks that are unimportant.

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Three Things to Consider When Moving Brick & Mortar Assessment Centers Online

As the popularity of virtual assessment centers increases, more and more organizations and consultancies are moving their brick and mortar assessment centers online. Last year, Mercer’s Global Talent Trends Study found that 66% of North American companies already use virtual assessment centers. But the transition is not as simple as one might think. Here are the three biggest considerations…

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Do You Actively Avoid Negotiations? - Learn How To Negotiate Well

As a leader, you are probably involved in negotiations on a daily basis, even if you don’t realize it: any time you attempt to reach an agreement with another party through dialogue, you are negotiating. Sometimes your negotiations are formal, like negotiating a contract with a client or a new company policy. Other times, your negotiations are informal, such as resolving a conflict with a team or a coworker.

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Why Talent Reviews Are Now A Huge Legal Risk (And How To Fix It)

Last month, a federal court ruled that decisions about employees by upper management exercising “unfettered discretion” may qualify for certification in Title VII class action suits. This decision is part of a growing body of case law that challenges traditional talent management practices (i.e., talent reviews, high-potential identification, and succession planning) turning them into a multi-million-dollar legal risk for many corporations.

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Does Your Team Lack Accountability? - Learn How To Plan And Organize Work

As a leader, flawlessly executing a project requires strong planning and organizing skills on your part. Having a clear sense of who will do what and the resources they will need to do their work is critical for your success. Planning and organizing well enables you to effectively coordinate the efforts of multiple people and helps to ensure that everyone knows what is expected of them.

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More Work Than Hours In The Day? - Learn How To Manage Priorities

You may feel like there always seems to be more work to be done than hours in the day, and that’s why it’s important to prioritize what is more and less critical to accomplish. Prioritizing enables you to focus your efforts on completing the tasks and projects that matter most. Without clear priorities, you will struggle to get anything done because everything will seem equally important and you won’t know how to spend your time and energy most effectively.

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