Are You Getting the Most from Action Learning? Five Questions To Ask

There are many good reasons to consider using action learning as part of your leadership development approach. Building on the work of Kurt Lewin, Reg Revans, and others, action learning is based on solid science of adult learning. It has been embraced by organizations around the world and is used in prominent executive development leadership programs.

Future of Leadership—Old Wine in New Bottles?

There is not one organization that isn’t feeling the pressure from growing market complexity, technological disruption, and an evolving workforce. It is obvious that having the right leadership is critical if organizations are to successfully weather the storm; however, the field is unfortunately replete with faddish models and concepts that obscure what leadership talent organizations actually need.

What Do Management Teams Want from Their Boards?

Boards and management teams have distinct roles in their partnerships to maximize the success of the enterprises that they lead. Over the past couple years, RHR has conducted board evaluations with more than 200 individual directors and members of management teams who interface with board committees. In the interviews, we asked management teams about their experiences working with directors and for recommendations on how their boards can enhance their value proposition. Here are the some of the things we consistently heard.

What Anonymous Advice Would You Give to Your CEO?

What do those who work the closest with CEOs, those on their senior teams, really want their leader to change? We analyzed feedback from 174 C-suite level executives from 40 different organizations gathered between 2015–2018 as part of RHR’s Senior Team Effectiveness Survey. We found that when given the opportunity to provide anonymous feedback to their bosses, members of the top team focused the most on the following advice: (1) be more transparent, (2) help us stay focused, (3) hold us accountable, (4) spend more time coaching and developing us, and (5) be decisive.

What Impact Will the AI Revolution Have on Executive Selection?

When it comes to identifying and selecting talent, leaders now have more tools at their disposal than ever before. Until recently, the main ways we assessed people were through the use of CVs, interviews, and if lucky, a psychometric survey. Putting aside the debate around the accuracy and utility of such tools, they all share something in common—they rely on human judgment. When it comes to identifying the right person for the role, human judgment can really get in the way:

Leadership in a Complex World

At RHR International, we have the privilege of talking to people every day about topics related to leadership. One of RHR’s core values is that leadership is a noble endeavor and, when done well, is a force for good in the world. With that in mind, we engaged our clients and contacts on the question of the challenges of leading in a complex environment. More specifically, we asked them:

What is the one trait or one quality that you think is most important to demonstrate as a leader in an environment of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA), and why? 

New Year, New Me; New Year, Improved Company

As we ring in the new year, we may feel as though we’re given a free pass to absolve ourselves from what we didn’t accomplish last year, and to resolve to make this year better than ever before. But sticking to those resolutions is hard work, and just as maintaining personal resolutions takes concerted focus and effort to form new habits, the same can be said for making resolutions stick in your organization.

‘Tis That Time of Year: C-Suite Transitions

This holiday season includes an unusual number of C-suite leadership transitions. Some have been triggered by company performance or executive behavior. Others are due to shifts in the business model, planned succession moves, or the unexpected departure of individual senior executives. Without question, these changes can help poise an organization for higher levels of performance. However, they can also create distractions, anxiety, and unintended consequences.

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