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5 Reasons Your Performance Management Conversations May Fail

Every year organizations invest thousands of man-hours in the annual performance review. And yet, despite all this effort, all too often employees walk away dissatisfied and demotivated.

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How the Most Successful Sports Team of All Time Uses Shared Leadership

Are the All Blacks the most successful sports team in the history of sports? How is this possible in a country with a population of less than 5 million (a little more than that of Los Angeles)?

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Applying the KISS Principle to Executive Development

There’s an inherent paradox in the development of CEO succession candidates. How do you help executives who can benefit from deep development insights, yet are trapped in the “ADD” world of today’s business climate?

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Making a Leader…Lessons from the Olympics

It’s Olympics season, and performance is top of mind for everyone. It’s also a wonderful time to remember that the amazing athletes we are seeing train all the time, for a long time, to perfect their craft.

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Don’t Leave Learning on the Table with This Simple Trick

Learning… it’s the holy grail to maintaining competitive advantage, for individuals and organizations alike.

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Brain Implants for our Future Leadership?

Are we seriously suggesting a brain implant for our future leaders to help them get ahead?

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A Practical Example of Leading HiPos to Victory

When the pressure is off and expectations are managed, underachievers with potential flourish.

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The Surprising Way to Develop Leadership Talent

If you are in charge of developing leadership talent, what could be the highest return on your time and resources?

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5 Steps to Boost Your Leadership Bench

As temporary stewards of the organization, senior executives have a duty to investors, staff, and other stakeholders. They are obliged to safeguard the long-term health of the organization by ensuring it is stocked with future generations of leaders.

These 5 steps can help each senior leader develop his or her leadership pipeline.

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It is the Obligation of Senior Leaders to Develop the Next Generation

A friend once lamented about leadership development, “Too often, after senior executives climb the ladder to the top, they pull the ladder up behind them.”

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How Rude are You?

“I don’t think I’m really a rude person, but now I see myself on television, I think, ‘That is a bit strong.’ And I wonder if I’ve always been like that and I haven’t been aware of it.” Clive Anderson, lawyer and TV host, UK.

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The Changing Leadership Development Landscape

Executive leadership development has been recognized as an important organizational activity for a long time now. Programs have proliferated over the years to include a wide spectrum of open-source, outsourced, off-the-shelf and customized programs. They tackle skills that run the gamut from building self-awareness to leading organizational transformations.

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Failed M&A Leadership

M&A activity is heating up, but are these deals also destined to fail?

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Leadership Lessons from West Point

The River Group convened a group of CEOs at the United States Military Academy at West Point to discuss the findings of EXCHANGES16, the first of its annual CEO studies.

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The Single Most Powerful Word in a Leader’s Vocabulary

Much has been written about communication, especially leadership communication.

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Do No Harm: What Senior Executives can Learn from Doctors

Most organizations would love to have passionately engaged employees. But how does that happen? How can leaders speak to their sense of purpose?

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The Men Who Mentor Women
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The Secret Suffering of Today’s Leaders
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Why We Keep Hiring Narcissistic CEOs
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‘Grit’: Why Talent Needs Drive to Succeed
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Talent Matters Even More than People Think
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The Right Way To Onboard A New (And Big) Executive
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Opening The Leadership Pipeline: 3 Vital Steps You Should Be Taking Today
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Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and the Danger of Comparing Leadership Styles
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Meetings Need a Shot Clock
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Leadership Development

Lord Leverhulme once said, “I know half my advertising budget is wasted, but I don’t know which half.” Many CEOs can say the same thing about their leadership development budget. How to avoid the waste?

You can’t learn how to be a great leader in a classroom. You have to experience it; practice it.

So, when you develop leaders make the learning visceral and personally testing. Be thorough, disciplined. And assess for potential, much more than for performance.

If you think of leadership development as a process to fill a pipeline with leaders, you will focus on the process, not on the leaders.

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Leadership Succession Planning

Leading an enterprise is not like leading a function. Preparing a senior executive to move from a functional leadership role to an enterprise-wide leadership role requires specific development activity.

We use a well-honed framework for assessing the capability and potential of leaders for the most senior-level, enterprise-wide roles.

Leadership Assessment

For River, at its heart, leading is about an obligation to serve. Leaders affect the lives of many, and it is a role that should not be taken lightly. It comes with a heavy burden of responsibility.

Great leadership working with a poor strategy can succeed for a while, but a great strategy with poor leadership will always fail.

Strong leadership in any organization is a strategic advantage.

Leadership development is personal development. Heightened readiness for increased responsibility involves preparation, personal reflection, openness and practice.