Insightful Ideas

Learn more about our leadership expertise and topics related to business acumen, strategy execution, new leadership and finding your own personal balance of leadership.

Inspire Discretionary Effort by Knowing What You Stand For

Every successful leader must grapple with and answer this fundamental question: What do you stand for? A key element of leadership is tapping the hearts and minds and the discretionary effort of others. This happens when people understand and believe in what you believe.  

The Secret to Strategic Leadership for New Leaders

Strategy is the charter of senior leaders. Or so many people think.

Prime Your Leaders for Learning

When people are enjoying themselves, they can be more open to taking in new information. And, if the material is compelling, they usually retain it longer than they would otherwise.

The Decision Making Skill That Really Matters for Leaders

How confident are you in your decision making skill? Could you work with a team of four cross-functional peers, collectively taking on the role of a senior leader in an organization? Sounds straight-forward, right? What if your team has 90 minutes to come to consensus on a dozen strategic decisions, make numerous quantitative operational decisions and write multiple communications to various members of your organization?   The question is not whether or not the team can make these decisions, but are they willing to own the decisions and the outcomes they create?

The Forgotten Drivers of Leadership Development ROI

We often measure only a narrow slice of what effective leadership delivers. Organizations don’t measure three additional outcomes—“returns” on leadership development investments that are vital.

The Case for Simulations at Mid-Market Companies

Mid-market companies face a unique leadership development challenge. They need robust, sophisticated development programs just like larger enterprises, but they have less volume of leaders to justify the costs of custom development.

Four Trends in Leadership Development

On a recent team call, I asked a group of our executive consultants, “What leadership development themes are you hearing when you work with our clients?” We had a robust discussion informed by their experience at a range of global companies across a range of industries and the following themes emerged: