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A Summer Focused on Developing Emerging Leaders

Concerns regarding leadership capacity and development have been heightened recently by increasing globalization, business complexity, and the impending retirement of vast numbers of seasoned leaders. This leadership gap has led an increasing number of organizations to place renewed emphasis on the development and acquisition of emerging leaders ― particularly Generation X and Millennials ― who […]
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Concerns regarding leadership capacity and development have been heightened recently by increasing globalization, business complexity, and the impending retirement of vast numbers of seasoned leaders. This leadership gap has led an increasing number of organizations to place renewed emphasis on the development and acquisition of emerging leaders ― particularly Generation X and Millennials ― who show promise as the leaders of tomorrow.

For these reasons, Taleo chose  the development of emerging leaders as a focal point topic for several recent activities including a research paper, a series of blog postings, and a six-city roadshow. This posting recaps our summer activities in this area, providing you with links to each of these resources on this very important topic.

Research Paper
Taleo Research, in partnership with DDI, released a white paper titled “Emerging Leaders: Build Versus Buy,” which outlines how to identify emerging leaders—what to look for and how to achieve success through the use of assessments and talent management technology, such as Talent Intelligence derived from robust and dynamic individual talent profiles. It highlights the practices and process required to develop leaders internally by building their capabilities, as well as the best practices involved in acquiring leadership talent externally.

Six-City Roadshow
From mid-July through early August, Taleo embarked on a six-city roadshow around the USA and Canada, presenting half-day seminars on the subject “Grow Your Own: Finding and Developing Emerging Leaders.” This was again done in partnership with DDI, as well as the Talent Management Academy. We hit both coasts and the heartland, with cities including Seattle, Toronto, Columbus, St. Louis, Charlotte, and Detroit. In each case, the seminar began with a co-presentation on “The Leadership Gap” by representatives from Taleo Research and DDI.  John Mattone from Executive Development Associates and Talent Management Academy, would then passionately share his insights on assessing emerging leaders and some of the critical competencies involved. And then each event was capped by a case study from an organization who shared their programs and best practices for developing emerging leaders.

With large and engaged audiences in each city, the conversations were lively and demonstrated a great focus on this significant organizational challenge. We were able to capture some of this at two of the events – St. Louis and Columbus – via videos that we now have available on the Taleo YouTube channel. For instance, yours truly presented alongside Bruce Marks of DDI in St. Louis (and Toronto), sharing our latest research and data on “The Leadership Gap.”
 

  
An alternate version of this presentation (from Columbus) is available starring Valerie McDonough of Taleo and Bruce Court of DDI.

As noted, John Mattone presented on “Assessing and Coaching Leaders”, and we have two 45-minute videos of this session available from the Columbus and St. Louis events.

These seminars also boasted outstanding case study presentations. In St. Louis, Danielle Drewyer, Leadership Development Consultant at Magellan Health Services presented on “Blended Learning: A Sustainable Trend for Leadership Development.”
 

And in Columbus, Jerry Gilin, Vice President, Global Learning & Talent Development at Diebold, Inc., presented on “An Integrated Approach to Personal and Organizational Development.”
 

Unfortunately we don’t have video from the other four case study presentations, which included:

  • Starbucks  — Lacey All, Director of Strategic Talent Initiatives, “Identifying Pivotal Roles and Building Talent Pools to Deliver your Business Strategies"

  • Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts — Natalie Gluic, Manager, Learning and Development, “The Process and Challenges of Aligning Leadership Development and Succession Planning Within the Unique Four Seasons Culture"

  • Newell Rubbermaid  — Mike Perkins, Senior Manager, Global Learning Technology, “Leadership Development at Newell Rubbermaid”

  • RGIS — Mark J. Albrecht, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, “Succession Planning – Planning for the Future Today”

We do however have some additional, informal one-minute clips with participants at several of the roadshow sites. These include:

  • Kimberly Cromwell from Nationwide Children’s Hospital talks about talent management and the leadership gap.

  • Donna Howlett talks about talent intelligence and management from the TMA roadshow.

  • Bob Buer talks about the most important initiatives for his organization.

  • Julie Stone talks about the leadership gap in talent management.

  • Brent Horst from Home Hardware Stores Limited shares his key takeaways and talks about leadership development.

  • Zahara Hirji from TD Bank shares her key learnings and talks about leadership development and talent retainment.

  • Meg Steele from Swedish Medical Center talks about her key takeaways from the TMA roadshow and shares her thoughts and insights around talent intelligence.

  • JoAn Westby from Group Health talks about talent management in the healthcare sector and the impact of certain public policies on the industry.

  • Karen Fenstermacher, a Recruiting Consultant with Group Health, talks about the meaning of talent intelligence for the healthcare sector.

  • Mylene Claveria, an HR Specialist for the City of Seattle, talks about the need for innovation and creativity to inspire future business leaders in the government sector.

  • Lieutenant John DeRousse with the Everette Police Dept. talks about key takeaways and his observations about emerging leaders in the public sector.

Blog Postings
And finally, concurrent with the roadshow and beyond, David and I have written a series of postings this summer on various aspects of developing emerging leaders.

We hope you find all of these resources helpful as you take on the challenges of developing emerging leaders in your organization. 
 
 

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