By Mike Cardus | Organizational Development Consultant, Executive Exchange Facilitator
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to introduce the newest facilitator in our Leader Exchange program – Pamela Szalay, president and founder of the consulting firm Imagine & headquartered in Buffalo.
Leadership: That process in which one person sets a purpose or direction for one or more other persons, and gets them to move along together with him or her and with each other in that direction with competence and full commitment. (Clement & Jaques. Executive Leadership 2009)
STOP THE WHY NONSENSE!
‘Why’ is an instinctive question. Asked hundreds of times every day in organizations, and much of it is helpful. It is important to understand why a manufacturing process has failed, why a car broke down or why your fire alarm went off. It can be enlightening to see why people behave a certain way.
Per research by Harvard Business Review, the typical person steps into a manager role around the age of 30. Also, per this study, the typical manager receives her first formal leadership training around age 42. It can be concluded that the majority of today’s managers operate in leadership positions for over a decade without formal training and the necessary skills to succeed.
Are all the meetings, time, flip-chart paper, and boredom worth it?
This morning, I had the opportunity to see a well-known HR professional address her peers. Our topic of discussion centered around the negative mindset that present day HR departments conjure up. What once was a valuable resource to the workforce has now become the equivalent of heading to the principal’s office. Mid-way through her presentation, she gave us the opportunity to chat with our table partners, and share frustrations. I listened intently to a group of passionate people earnest about using their role to enhance the human capital initiatives, while moving the company’s business goals forward.
In my line of work, it’s expected to receive frantic calls from business owners and executive teams this time of year. Although, I was quite surprised at the volume of calls through November and December from a diverse group of leadership professionals. In this time of reflection we see entrepreneurs, big business and small companies begin their heavy focus on year end and January strategic plans. Although their inquiries were different, it all meant the same thing to me, and the common denominator was people. Our conversations started much the same way: “Joan, I want to get your professional opinion on ______ to achieve this business result with my people.”
In April of 2015, AspenWSI and the US Economic Development Administration launched the Communities that Work Partnership, aiming to document and accelerate employer-led regional workforce initiatives.