Talent Management

Executive teams face unique challenges. The organization’s business strategy and architecture (structure, processes, and culture) are both shaped by them and shape them. Team members have large individual jobs, with accountability for significant amounts of financial and organizational impact; they also tend to have big ambitions and are often in implicit (or explicit) competition for
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I applaud the efforts of organizational leaders who take well-considered steps to promote the core values of respect and inclusiveness. But can we agree that sometimes just a few not-so-well-considered words will undermine even the most carefully designed, well-intentioned actions? It’s time that we re-think some overly common terminology if we truly seek to foster
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Climate crises and environmental disasters. Covid-19 and its variants. Social upheaval. Racial justice reckoning. Geopolitical conflict. Washington dysfunction. These and other disruptive forces are driving business leaders to rethink virtually every aspect of how their organizations operate. Disruption isn’t expected to ease up anytime soon–and it’s keeping business leaders awake at night. In the AlixPartners
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For decades, Tom Mercaldo, president of Aquinas Consulting in Milford, Connecticut, relied on a combination of full-time employees and independent contractors around the U.S. to serve client needs, scrupulously following longstanding guidelines from the IRS to avoid trouble—and keep everyone happy. Then came California Assembly Bill 5. In January 2020, the state passed the new
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Recently I met with the CEO of a Fortune 500 financial services company about something that was keeping him “up at night.” He said that while he has plenty of access to financial capital, thanks to flush markets and eager investors, he is extremely worried about his ability to access sufficient human capital to grow
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What do you do when you meet someone new virtually or in person? If you can see them, you may immediately start to size them up and figure out where they “fit in” based on their appearance. We do this automatically because it provides a level of comfort in dealing with the new person, but
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For more, read our special report, “The Remarkable Power of Gratitude.”  1. It isn’t about money. “Money is compensation,” says Nelson. “Compensation is a right, recognition is a gift. Part of why recognition means so much is you don’t have to do it.” 2. Timing is everything. Nelson urges leaders to lose no opportunity to
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As the talent war continues to rage, CEOs want their human resource chiefs to spend more time finding, retaining and upskilling great employees, according to a new survey by Chief Executive and SHRM–the Society for Human Resource Management. But the survey, which polled 243 CEOs and 406 CHROs, also found CHROs wishing their CEOs spent
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For more than 20 years, Chester Elton and his co-author Adrian Gostick have been studying and writing about corporate culture while coaching thousands of CEOs at businesses large, medium and small. Across all of this, they’ve stumbled upon a single constant among all the top performers, one that might not be what you’d expect. “As
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While many businesses made it through the pandemic intact, it’s clear the human toll was significant. Look no further that the 2021 Edelman’s Trust Barometer that reveals “an epidemic of misinformation and widespread mistrust of societal institutions and leaders around the world.” Nearly 40 percent of workers, according to HRD Connect, indicate that they have become frustrated
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In the current environment of economic growth, executives are increasingly looking towards M&A transactions as an efficient and effective means of expanding into new markets with growing revenue streams, accelerating digital transformation, and expanding overall capabilities. Yet as seen in many high-profile transactions, even when the stakes are highest, acquisitions can also lead to major
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