Why Your Organization Needs Accountable Managers

According to a Learning and Development Roundtable study from Gartner, 60% of new managers underperform during their first two years, driving performance gaps and employee turnover across the entire frontline. This is dismal news for organizations. The good news, however, is that when your frontline managers are equipped with the leadership tools, training, and development needed to succeed this risk can be avoided.

Five Unconscious Biases to Watch Out for in Your Hiring Process

Cultivating a diverse workforce is important and this notion is supported by economic trends and research. With many Atlantic Canadian regions experiencing population decline and the impact of the ‘brain drain’, as newly minted graduates head west, the topic of enhancing diversity within our organizations has moved to the forefront of talent management conversations.

Delivering Difficult News: The Art of Respectful Terminations

There comes a time in every leader's career when they must let an employee go. It could be the result of restructuring or that the individual is no longer the right fit for the business needs. Whatever the reason, planning for a termination meeting can cause anxiety and loss of sleep for even the most experienced leaders. What should you say, or not say? How will the employee receiving the news react? How will you handle the transition of the employee’s responsibilities? What security precautions do you need to take?

Leadership in Academia: Onboarding

Hiring a university president is the most important decision a board of governors will make. It is a challenging journey marked with interviews, months of discussion, selection committee meetings and tough deliberations. Once the ideal candidate has been identified, it may seem like the difficult part is over. But, in fact, the most important work of the board lies ahead.

Inclusive Recruitment Starts with Five Key Questions

Most leaders have embraced the idea that a diverse workforce will improve their organization’s overall performance. Numerous studies tie diversity and inclusion to innovation, productivity and profitability. Yet the path to creating a diverse workforce is far less obvious. ‘How can we attract more diverse talent?’ is often asked when recruiting new employees. The answer is different for every team but starts by asking five key questions.

What are our organization’s diversity and inclusion goals?

Lessons Learned from Virtual Panel Interviews

 

May 28, 2020 

Having found ourselves in a world dominated by virtual interaction, we are all navigating new territory in the activities and communications we used to conduct in person. Over the past ten weeks, our Executive Search Partners have participated in more than 200 hours of virtual panel-style interviews – those interviews where a panel of people interview a candidate.  

Orienting and Onboarding in a Virtual World

Finally. You have the signed offer from the finalist candidate in hand. It may seem like the hard work is over. In fact, the most important work is just ahead – for both your organization and your new leader.

Effective orientation and onboarding are critical for the short- and long-term success of leaders. Supporting new leaders during their transition can expedite the path to optimal performance. Yet, many organizations struggle to do this well.

Being Conscious of Bias in Virtual Recruitment

We all have biases – consciously or not. It’s a natural part of our human condition. We rely on mental short cuts to make sense of the world and the enormous amount of information we encounter daily. However, biases can have unintended and adverse consequences in the assessment of leadership talent. Left unchecked, bias can derail the best intentions to build strong, diverse and inclusive organizations.

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