Fast New Manager Activation Can Transform Your Employee Engagement Initiatives

Research has long suggested the primacy of the manager to driving employee engagement. The manager mediates an employee’s relationship with the organization, their work, and their colleagues, strongly influencing their perceptions of the employment experience. Gallup is in the process of releasing a new book...

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A Focus on Activating New Managers Can Fix Your Narrow Leadership Pipeline

Recently, I had the chance to talk to an HR leader at a multinational food company about their leadership pipelines. It was an old story – they had a very weak group of rising leaders and were forced to go outside of the company to...

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Yeah, Being a New Manager is Harder than It Used to Be

Being a new manager has always been tough and emotional. Maybe you were promoted into the role because you were a great individual contributor, but are now being asked to do very different and uncomfortable things. You might be stepping into an underperforming team or...

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Revolutionizing the Development of Agile New Managers

Last week, more than 250+ managers from 16 companies started their development journey with ExecOnline in our brand new virtual program for new managers – Launch into Leadership. From conception, the program took 9 months to develop, involving 12 focus groups and 100+ conversations with...

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4 Steps L&D Can Take To Be Agile

Agile isn’t a new concept in the business world, but in the last several years, it has made its way into L&D. A growing number of L&D leaders have recognized the benefits of Agile principles, which include, among others, collaboration, flexibility, transparency, and speed to...

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What L&D Leaders Need to Know About Strategy in 2018

Columbia’s Willie Pietersen Breaks Down Everything You Need to Succeed L&D is undergoing a dramatic shift. Today’s leaders are asked to play a larger role in their organization’s strategic planning. To help you succeed, we sat down with Willie Pietersen, Columbia Business School professor and...

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Struggling with Organizational Complexity? Creativity, Not Just Discipline, Is Key to Success

Today’s business leaders grapple with unprecedented levels of complexity. Thanks to rapid advancement in information technology over the past few decades, systems and organizations have become more interconnected, interdependent, and nuanced than ever. Complexity makes virtually every process — from basic decision making to advanced...

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Avoid the Top 5 Blind Spots that Could Derail Your Strategy

For most leaders, change is on the horizon in 2017. According to ExecOnline’s recent Trump and Leadership survey, 78% of business leaders across top companies expect to make at least one big strategy change as a result of the 2016 US Presidential election. Yet, most...

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Lead Strategic Change by Aligning Your Business

Leaders often suffer from blind spots when it comes to identifying their biggest execution challenges. In fact, almost half of executives tell us that senior leaders at their firms are not aware of critical execution challenges. In our last post, we explored the strategy execution...

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Developing Agile Leaders

The 2016 US Presidential Election brought heightened uncertainty about the Trump administration’s policies and political impact on the business world, and business leaders face a widened range of potential scenarios – both positive and negative – that could result. Unfortunately, few organizations are prepared for...

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Intelligent Risk-Taking in the Trump Era

Despite the rocky start to the Trump presidency and growing concerns about business risk, post-election confidence is holding up. To succeed in an environment characterized by both more confidence and more uncertainty, leaders must focus on intelligent risk taking. Growing Confidence and Uncertainty US stock...

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Employee Conflict More Concerning than Geopolitical Conflict

The 2016 US Presidential Election has thrown political and social divides into sharp relief, perhaps more so than any in the country’s history. Effective leadership in 2017 will require navigating the aftershock, and companies across industries are evaluating how to best move forward in an...

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The Essence of Business Strategy: Changing Times and Changing Approaches

Effective business strategy is, in its own way, a living, breathing entity. It evolves to suit the times, with conventional wisdom giving way to disruptive innovation and new strategies forged from repeated success. Two topical articles, featuring insight by ExecOnline’s Leading Strategic Growth faculty and top Columbia professors Rita...

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From Above and Below: Overcoming A Culture of Change Resistance

“Change” can become a dirty word. For some, it can come to represent the failure of existing efforts and processes, unexpected challenges or simply a deviation from what is operationally comfortable and familiar. This distaste for rethinking old assumptions runs deep and manifests in the form of change resistance...

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Playing the Hand You’re Dealt: Reshaping an Inherited Team into an Effective Team

Building an effective team from the ground up is a feat all by itself – yet in many ways, reshaping an inherited team is even more daunting. Understanding the existing power dynamics in a group of people you may have just met is a challenge. Strong leadership can act quickly to optimize the...

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Lack of Operational Creativity, Not Discipline, is Slowing Down Business

Earlier this year, a top consultant outlined in Fortune what he saw as the slowing down of business decision-making as organizations become larger and more complex. He discussed the opportunity and the challenge involved: “It would be foolish to suggest that the root causes of our current...

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Is it Time to Ditch Email?

As a busy executive, what is the first thing you do in the morning when you wake up? Before even getting out of bed, you are likely checking your emails to get a head start. Once you finally arrive at work, another dozen emails are...

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How Can You Influence Without Formal Authority?

Your success as a leader is increasingly dependent on your ability to influence peers and employees outside of your direct reporting lines.  While this has always been an important leadership skill, it’s more important than ever as organizations become increasingly matrixed, and decisions increasingly decentralized....

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Get Ready for Change: What’s Your Adaptive DNA?

Do you struggle to overcome resistance to change in your organization? Whether it’s shifting strategic objectives, changing organizational leadership or new roles and responsibilities, chances are your organization has experienced significant change in the past year. Unfortunately, tried-and-true, top-down approaches to driving change are proving...

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Successfully Managing Remote Teams

A large – and ever growing – number of employees are working remotely, whether full time or a few days a month. A 2015 Gallup poll found that 37 percent of the American workforce has telecommuted at some point during their career. This figure has increased dramatically since...

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