February 2019

Five Benefits of Using a Succession Planning Consultant

For many organizations, much of their talent and expertise is wrapped up in leadership nearing the end of their careers. As such, they are being forced to have discussions around their Succession Planning initiatives. When your company is embarking on a new challenge such as Succession Planning, one of the first decisions you may need […]

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February 2019

Formal Presentation

Great Leaders are Great Presenters Presentations differ on their length, scale, and importance. From small, short project briefings to a team of three employees, to large productions where you outline the future of your organization to major stakeholders, the success of all presentations depends on the ability of the presenter to organize information, convey ideas, […]

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February 2019

Succession Planning: Assessing Succession Needs

This article is part of our series on SIGMA’s six-step succession planning process. The succession planning process identifies the next generation of leaders in your company who will eventually fill critical positions once the current employees move up or move on. Often, the individuals you nominate as successors are not yet ready to fill a […]

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February 2019

First Impression

Great Leaders Make a Great First Impression First Impressions are the Most Lasting. — Proverbs The first impression you make sets the tone for any new relationship, whether that relationship is with a CEO, an employee, or a client. Leaders often interact with individuals at all levels of the organization, as well as customers or […]

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January 2019

Facilitating Teamwork

Great Leaders Build Great Teams Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress. Working together is success. – Henry Ford Many organizations have implemented teams for tackling new problems, large projects, or major initiatives. However, poorly performing teams are easily surpassed by individuals who work alone only to combine their work together at the […]

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January 2019

Succession Planning Checklist

Succession Planning Checklist Whether you believe you have Succession Planning under control or that your Succession Planning is on life support, the following Succession Planning Checklist is a quick measure of the maturity level of your Succession Planning and what areas need to be improved.   DOWNLOAD THE SUCCESSION PLANNING CHECKLIST TO SEE HOW YOU […]

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January 2019

Objectivity

Great Leaders Stay Objective When Making Decisions Dispassionate objectivity is itself a passion, for the real and for the truth. – Abraham Maslow A leader’s role requires objectivity in many areas. First, leaders must be objective when making decisions about who to hire or select for an open position or promotion. They must also be […]

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January 2019

Attract and Retain Top Talent

Great Leaders Attract and Retain Top Talent If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings and put compensation as a carrier behind it, you almost don’t have to manage them. – Jack Welch Hiring new employees can be a major investment for an organization. It costs money to […]

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January 2019

How Leaders Can Coach Others

GREAT LEADERS DEVELOP AND COACH OTHERS Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their own performance. – Timothy Gallwey As experienced, skilled members of the organization, leaders have unique insights into how their employees can be more successful, both in their current job and in the future. As a result, they are able to […]

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January 2019

Motivated Leader

Motivated Leaders Attract Motivated Talent It should be no surprise that leaders with a high level of achievement and motivation are hard-working, driven, and often very successful. By setting and striving for difficult goals, these leaders not only produce high quality work, they also set an example for their direct reports. In fact, leader motivation […]

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December 2018

Great Leaders Communicate

Great Leaders Communicate The ability to communicate effectively is essential in successful leaders. These individuals keep their direct reports, as well as their fellow leaders, up-to-date on the important information in the organization. Information is often filtered down by leaders to the general employees, starting at the top of the organization with strategic planning. Therefore, the […]

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December 2018

Self-Esteem in Leaders

GREAT LEADERS HAVE SELF-ESTEEM You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens. – Louise L. Hay In the course of being a leader, all individuals will experience negative feedback, make mistakes, or fail to achieve their goals. How people react to and deal with […]

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