How to Ensure Your Coaching Program Pays Off

To improve productivity, accelerate professional development, and reduce turnover of key talent, many organizations have established in-house coaching programs to supplement their other training offerings. Though well intentioned, many of these initiatives fail to produce a quantifiable return on investment. Worse yet, in some cases their efficacy is never measured at all. By first understanding the value, purpose, and limitations of […]

Strategic Integration: How to Realize the Value of an Acquisition

When organizational leaders can no longer achieve their goals through internal growth engines, they often embark on a merger or acquisition. Many of those transactions, however, falter when leaders fail to achieve the synergies they had expected, typically because of overvaluation of the target organization and a narrow focus on the closing. A significant portion of the blame also can usually be […]

The Secrets of Operational and Organizational Due Diligence

Companies that opt to grow by merging with or acquiring another organization must systematically address the due diligence phase of the process. In particular, their leaders must focus on the key issues affecting the target organization’s operations and organizational structure. These include distribution channels, consolidation of physical assets, business strategies, value chains and processes, human resources practices, talent retention, and change management. […]

The Talent Funnel: How to Surface Key Human Resources

Despite the efforts of well-intentioned HR professionals, talent management remains a silo-driven, disjointed endeavor that rarely meets the human capital needs of today’s organizations. This failing, which calls into question the strategic value of HR, stems from both organization-oriented shortcomings, such as poor strategy, lackluster processes, and immature management, as well as more contextual issues that speak to the heart of senior […]

Do You Have the Guts to Grow During Tough Times?

Today’s business leaders face ever-increasing global competition and a more robust regulatory environment than ever, and they are doing so in the midst of the most profound financial and economic dislocation of the past 100 years. Too many of them, however, seem to flinch in the face of these challenges by trying to extricate their organizations from the jaws of the […]

Managing change: Nine common blunders—and how to avoid them

Despite increased awareness of change management processes, principles, and practices, many business leaders continue to struggle with navigating their organization through a change initiative. These challenges often stem from a series of common blunders that can significantly impede progress in achieving project goals. The experiences of several executive sponsors of large-scale change, however, show that employing a holistic change […]