Using 360 Data to Overcome Tensions for New Leaders

Using 360 Data to Overcome Tensions for New Leaders

Jessica is a motivated, driven leader who heavily identifies with pushing for results and achieving organizational goals.  She skews heavily toward task achievement, and though she has heard some feedback along the fringes, she is content to be able to point to her...

High Performers Need Feedback Too

High Performers Need Feedback Too

A common question I ask during executive assessments is “Tell me about a recent time that you have received challenging feedback.” Often, this is a chin scratcher for top performers!

360-Degree Feedback: Getting it Right

360-Degree Feedback: Getting it Right

In light of recent transformations in the world of work, characterized by pressures to nurture talent, heightened attention on inadequate leadership within workplaces, and the effort to cultivate lean and highly efficient teams, the utilization of 360-Development tools is gaining significant momentum.

Wheels in Motion: What is a 360 Action Plan?

Wheels in Motion: What is a 360 Action Plan?

Arguably the most important part of receiving feedback through a 360 or any other source is creating a plan to improve in areas of weakness, which we refer to as ‘action planning’.

How to Build Bench Strength Using a 360

How to Build Bench Strength Using a 360

With the reality of an aging and rapidly retiring workforce, the need for organizations to focus on succession planning and building bench strength has become more salient.

The Value of 360 Assessments

The Value of 360 Assessments

360 assessments have generated a lot of buzz in the leader assessment space, but what exactly is a 360 assessment? In short, 360 assessments differentiate from a more typical performance review by collecting ratings about the same person from multiple sources, with...

360-Degree Feedback: Getting it Right

360-Degree Feedback: Getting it Right

Over the years, 360-degree feedback programs (360s) have become an integral piece of many human resources processes. Whether used for formal performance reviews or for development, companies around the world have realized the value that unique perspectives (e.g.,...

Coaching for Pursuit of Mastery

Coaching for Pursuit of Mastery

When coaching individuals who are pursuing long term commitments and goals, it is helpful for them to think about and focus on a practice.  Overly focusing on a goal can short circuit long-term success when goals are distant. Becoming a master at anything requires...

Returning to Normal

Returning to Normal

A bit more than two years ago, a majority of the working world found themselves in what many would begin to call “the New Normal” as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those who were not considered “essential workers” and were fortunate enough to remain employed were...

Biases in Providing Feedback

Biases in Providing Feedback

Biases are cognitive shortcuts that our brain leans on to make sense of the world.  Snakes are dangerous, dog people are good people, and people who smile more are happier.  These statements are generally true, but there will be a number of exceptions.  When rating...

Providing Effective Feedback in Multirater Surveys

Providing Effective Feedback in Multirater Surveys

Being a rater in a multi-rater survey is both an honor and a duty.  It is an honor as you have an opportunity to contribute to a person's growth and career trajectory in a way that many do not--through providing valuable feedback that could help them focus their...

The Power of Asking Why

The Power of Asking Why

  “Sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”    -Alice in wonderland  “Why is the moon called the moon?” “Why do we eat vegetables?” “Why can’t we paint on the walls?” Yesterday, I’m almost certain that my four-year-old daughter...

Wobble like Weebles: Create a climate of resilience for your team

Wobble like Weebles: Create a climate of resilience for your team

Weebles wobble but they won’t fall down!  This silly statement delighted children of the 70’s who played with these egg-shaped little people.  No matter how many times you push, or hold, or even try to weigh them down, they pop right back up.  This is a great...

Treat your Team like an RPG

Treat your Team like an RPG

After conducting hundreds of executive assessments, I've noticed a theme.  Leaders love to say that they want to hire a diverse team to promote different perspectives, open discourse, and even dissenting points of view.  But, they often contradict themselves, instead...

Happy Teams are Resilient teams: Rx for Remote Engagement

Happy Teams are Resilient teams: Rx for Remote Engagement

Knowing and understanding your team is even more important and potentially more difficult that it was in 2019.  We’ve noticed a trend where team development seems to be falling to the wayside as leaders are focusing on putting out...

Why Now?  5 Critical Reasons for Coaching in this Moment

Why Now? 5 Critical Reasons for Coaching in this Moment

By Louis Forbringer Ph.D. and Suzanne Miklos Ph.D. Some leaders put coaching on hold during a crisis when in fact it should be the opposite. It is easy to dispense with personal care, grooming, and development during this pandemic. One-on-ones move from development to...

Leading Through Isolation: Part 2

Leading Through Isolation: Part 2

Leading Through Isolation: Part 2 Your posture.  Your clothes.  The pitch and tone of your voice.  The seat you choose in the staff meeting.  It is often a surprise for new leaders how their team notices every little thing they do.  The spotlight of leadership is a...

Leading through Isolation: Part 1

Leading through Isolation: Part 1

Leading through Isolation: Part I Loneliness, anxiety and depression were feelings,  I recall surfacing when interviewing folks who worked from home full time.  While many see remote work as a benefit and would take a cut in pay to work from home, it struck me how...

When a Directive Leadership Style is the Right Note

When a Directive Leadership Style is the Right Note

Most leaders we coach describe themselves as having a primary leadership style which effectively helps build his/her brand based on values and strengths. This blog begins a series about when varying leadership styles are useful.  Think of a "home base" style where you...

Don’t Narrow Your Search Before It Starts

Don’t Narrow Your Search Before It Starts

Todd Hamberg www.bgexecutivesearch.com Suzanne Miklos www.oestrategies.com The process of planning, assessing and recruiting talent allows companies to find the right technical and business competencies paired with the right leadership skills to fuel the...

Three Easy Steps to Identify your Signature Leadership Style

Three Easy Steps to Identify your Signature Leadership Style

  According to Goleman (2000), each leader naturally tends toward a specific style, yet the best leaders develop the versatility needed to succeed in a variety of contexts. One flavor is not for everyone or every situation. Once you are clear on your natural...

Get Intentional About Your Leadership Style

Get Intentional About Your Leadership Style

By Suzanne Miklos, President Leadership styles are like cars, with a variety of makes and models to choose from. There is no one best car, and cars are not created with the same goals in mind. It’s ideal to choose a car – and a leadership style - that leverages your...