DEVELOP EXCEPTIONAL LEADERS

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Your people are  your company.
Develop leaders who are caring, credible, and expert at building your culture.

Great leaders are made, not born. Learning to lead is a life-long process that requires a combination of experience and education. Successful companies hire and continually develop strong leaders at every level.

Strategic leadership and business acumen are essential, but great leaders go beyond the basics. They are ethical, passionate, resilient, and able to lead in the complexity of today’s workplace, resulting in strong and consistent credibility.

Finally, great leaders are focused on the people. CEOs of high culture/high profit companies spend more time on developing people than they do on strategy or spreadsheets.

Three Great Resources for Developing Caring, Credible Leaders

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DEVELOP PEOPLE, PREVENT BURNOUT: COACH, DON’T TELL

Stop telling people what to do, says Service Express’s Dwight Strayer. Instead, coach them to success and develop leaders in the process.

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HOW TO DEVELOP TOP TALENT: ONE COMPANY’S PROCESS

For a small company with a skilled workforce, retaining high performers is a must. See how one company develops their people in this short video.

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STRONGER, BETTER, FASTER: HOW TO BUILD A RESILIENT COMPANY

For companies in industries that change quickly, developing nimble, resilient employees is needed to keep up with the speed of change. Here’s how to do it.

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How to ‘Marry Up’: Hiring and Retaining Talent that’s Out of Your League (Part 2)

How to ‘Marry Up’: Hiring and Retaining Talent that’s Out of Your League (Part 2)

How to Build & Retain Top Talent In our previous blog post in this series, we covered how to buy top talent. For small and mid-size businesses, getting rockstar executives – the kind of leader who can confidently guide you to the next level – comes at a price tag. When big budget salaries aren’t […] → Continue Reading How to ‘Marry Up’: Hiring and Retaining Talent that’s Out of Your League (Part 2)

Make Your Boss Work for You: How One Company’s Fierce Commitment to Personal, Professional, and Financial Goals Drives Corporate Success

Make Your Boss Work for You: How One Company’s Fierce Commitment to Personal, Professional, and Financial Goals Drives Corporate Success

How do you give team members a sense of ownership in the company, so they work harder, perform better, and reach goals? Make it clear how their performance at work directly impacts their personal financial goals. At Service Express, a national firm providing data-center maintenance, senior leaders believe their number one objective is to help […] → Continue Reading Make Your Boss Work for You: How One Company’s Fierce Commitment to Personal, Professional, and Financial Goals Drives Corporate Success

Bring Your Self to Work: How Embracing Individuality Builds Trust & Drives Results

Bring Your Self to Work: How Embracing Individuality Builds Trust & Drives Results

“Coming to work here was like being able to breathe for the first time,” said one New Belgium employee. The company embraces individuality and encourages employees to be themselves; the result is a financially successful workplace with a culture that abounds in trust and diversity. How to use this video:  Watch this video with your […] → Continue Reading Bring Your Self to Work: How Embracing Individuality Builds Trust & Drives Results

How to Develop Top Talent

How to Develop Top Talent

CEO C. Richard Panico, of the consulting group Integrated Project Management (IPM), says his team has a “hell of a lot of fun” pursuing excellence. But building an award-winning team doesn’t happen by chance: it takes a concentrated effort to hire, train and develop exceptional talent. In this short video, part of the Return on […] → Continue Reading How to Develop Top Talent

The Art & Science of Business: How Good Leadership Makes or Breaks You

The Art & Science of Business: How Good Leadership Makes or Breaks You

Last month a colleague of mine, Indigo Johnson, was featured in Inc. magazine as the CEO of one of their Top 500 fastest growing companies. As you might expect, Indigo is a strategic, forward-thinking, dynamic leader. What you might not expect (but what Indigo would be quick to tell you) is that until recently she […] → Continue Reading The Art & Science of Business: How Good Leadership Makes or Breaks You

Want Great Leaders? Challenge them to do Great Things

Want Great Leaders? Challenge them to do Great Things

In 2001, Blue Plate Catering launched a $10 million dollar project to build a high-profile Chicago restaurant. The project alone would double what the company was worth – if they could succeed. Without money in the bank or investors, it was a big risk. So why did CEO Jim Horan proceed? He moved forward in […] → Continue Reading Want Great Leaders? Challenge them to do Great Things

How to ‘Marry Up’: Hiring and Retaining Talent that’s Out of Your League (Part 1)

How to ‘Marry Up’: Hiring and Retaining Talent that’s Out of Your League (Part 1)

How to Buy Top Talent “Boy, he really married up.” It’s a refrain we’ve all heard, or uttered, sometimes in jest – as a jabbing compliment to a lucky young man – or sometimes in befuddlement –spoken in wonder at an unlikely partnership. In either case, the message is clear: you’re looking at someone who […] → Continue Reading How to ‘Marry Up’: Hiring and Retaining Talent that’s Out of Your League (Part 1)

Keep Top Talent by Making Them CEO of Their Own Company

Keep Top Talent by Making Them CEO of Their Own Company

Brain drain is a real concern for small businesses. A talented colleague’s capacity may expand faster than the business around her, making it tempting for the team member to leave for more responsibility and a bigger pay check at a larger firm. Chicago’s Tasty Catering has found a unique way to keep high capacity colleagues on […] → Continue Reading Keep Top Talent by Making Them CEO of Their Own Company

Put People First…and Results Will Follow

Put People First…and Results Will Follow

In our previous series, we focused on how the exceptional companies we study as part of the Return on Values research project hire and retain top talent. In this series, we want to address what they do with people once they’re in the door. Universally, the companies in our study have a “people first” approach […] → Continue Reading Put People First…and Results Will Follow

Stronger, Better, Faster: How to Build a Resilient Company

Stronger, Better, Faster: How to Build a Resilient Company

“It’s like getting shot out of a cannon every day.” That’s how Amanda Currie, senior vice president with global internet marketing solutions company Amobee (formerly Adconion Direct), describes the challenge of working in the internet industry. The constantly changing nature of the online space requires the persistence and discipline of a professional athlete. And as […] → Continue Reading Stronger, Better, Faster: How to Build a Resilient Company

SOLD: How New Belgium Brewing Sold the Company to the Employees – and Became More Successful in the Process

SOLD: How New Belgium Brewing Sold the Company to the Employees – and Became More Successful in the Process

For privately-owned companies, knowing when to sell, and to whom, is a stressful decisions. Kim Jordan, founder of New Belgium Brewing, wanted to make sure her company passed into the hands of someone who shared her values and hopes for the company. Ultimately, her decision on a buyer had significant financial implications for the company and […] → Continue Reading SOLD: How New Belgium Brewing Sold the Company to the Employees – and Became More Successful in the Process

The Integrity Effect: Why Who You Are Matters for CEOs

The Integrity Effect: Why Who You Are Matters for CEOs

The most important thing you can do for your business is a strategy that can’t be measured with any metric. It can’t be reflected on a dashboard, reviewed in a quarterly report, or balanced on a spreadsheet. The most important thing you can do for your company is to focus on your personal integrity. Researcher […] → Continue Reading The Integrity Effect: Why Who You Are Matters for CEOs

The Secret Sauce: Hire, Train, and Incentivize for Culture Fit

The Secret Sauce: Hire, Train, and Incentivize for Culture Fit

When an HR recruiter screens an applicant for BerylHealth, she almost always starts with one simple question: Define compassion. And then she waits in silence until the applicant responds. Because Beryl executives believe culture fit is the most important aspect in determining a candidate’s potential success with the organization, the applicant’s response reveals a lot […] → Continue Reading The Secret Sauce: Hire, Train, and Incentivize for Culture Fit

Return on Values Feature: Why Love is the First Leadership Skill You Should Develop

Return on Values Feature: Why Love is the First Leadership Skill You Should Develop

Research shows that love for your employees positively influences perceptions of leadership. […] → Continue Reading Return on Values Feature: Why Love is the First Leadership Skill You Should Develop

How to Empower Your People & Save Yourself from Burnout: Coach, Don’t Tell

How to Empower Your People & Save Yourself from Burnout: Coach, Don’t Tell

Prevent burnout and build a team of expert problem solvers by coaching employees rather than giving answers. […] → Continue Reading How to Empower Your People & Save Yourself from Burnout: Coach, Don’t Tell