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Taking the Long View: Developing Future Fit Leaders

There are five leading-edge workplace trends that are driving explosive changes in the ways we connect, work, learn, and lead. Jim Laughlin presents MDA’s speculative Future Fit Leader model that leverages these trends along with futurist’s forecasts, research reports, and competency-based analysis, plus dialogue and insights from MDA’s leadership development experts and executive coaches.

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Why do so many PE firms fail to get the right senior leadership team in place in their portfolio companies?

Learn why more PE firms are turning to external experts to scrutinize the leadership of prospective portfolio companies. Equipped with critical assessment analysis and insights, these PE firms are making sure they have the right CEO and leadership team in place on day one of their acquisitions—and avoiding the stumbles affecting so many other PE firms.

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Building Your Bench Strength: Seven Steps for Identifying and Developing Your High Potentials

Having a better understanding of your emerging leaders and proactively developing them can help your organization avoid critical talent gaps that will deeply affect your business in years to come. Learn seven steps for identifying and developing your high potentials earlier than ever before.

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Pearls of Leadership Wisdom: Bring Out the Best in Others

Often, we are not fully aware of or able to articulate our own gifts and the value that they can provide to others. Part of the role of leaders is to ensure that team members know how and where to apply their particular gifts. MDA Leadership's Sandra Davis shares her latest Pearl of Leadership Wisdom.

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Failing to Succeed as a Leader (Part 2)

All organizations must succeed to survive. But for sustained excellence, they must balance accountability and the need for results with a bone-deep willingness and commitment to try, fail, and learn. Five practices and policies that can help achieve that balance by embracing smart failures are provided.

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Passing the Board Chair Baton

While chief executive succession planning has developed into an art over the years, the relative newness of the independent board chair in the U.S. means preparation for this vital leadership role remains weak. How does the board effectively identify, train, assess and onboard its next board chair?

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Trends from SIOP's Leading Edge Consortium on Executive Coaching

Lisa Gordon, MDA Leadership's head of executive coaching, discusses key insights gained from attending SIOP's 13th Annual Leading Edge Consortium, "Innovations in Executive Coaching."

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Leadership, Culture, and Organizational Health: What’s Your Cat Hair?

It’s a wise and sobering exercise for organizational leaders to ask, “What is your cat hair?” Great leaders recognize these toxic elements and have the courage to remove them.

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Failing to Succeed as a Leader (Part 1)

Fearing failure and not recognizing its deep and enriching gifts may be our ultimate failure as leaders. Learn five practical strategies to embrace failure that not only allow you to develop individually, but improve relationships and transform workplaces.

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‘Is it me?’ Board refreshment begins with you

Just as boards need to regularly ask if they have the right mix of directors to meet current and long-term strategies, so too should individual directors determine and decide if their contributions add continuing value.

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Is Your Board Ready For Peer Evaluations?

While almost all public companies today conduct some form of board evaluation, individual evaluation of directors by their peers lags. A sound peer evaluation program can prove invaluable for board members, helping nurture their strengths, and further develop their oversight talents.

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