Maria is Head of Research at MRG. She loves a challenge and often gets a little too excited about running new studies. She finds peace and balance by cooking (as long as her husband is doing the cleaning) or being anywhere near the ocean.

Leading across Borders: Using Data to Inform a Global Workforce

By on Thursday, May 30, 2019

There’s no denying that, in ways both personal and professional, we are more globally connected than ever. In fact, the flow of information internationally has increased more than 250% since 2001, according to the 2018 DHL Global Connectedness Index. Many of us also hold stereotypes about different countries. Some common stereotypes are accurate but at […]

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Reflect, Learn, and Transform: Dispatch from the EMCC Annual Conference

By on Thursday, May 9, 2019

In April, I traveled to Dublin, Ireland and celebrated my third time presenting at a European Mentoring and Coaching Council conference. EMCC exists to develop and promote mentoring, coaching and supervision at a global level, so don’t let the name mislead you. The conference is a global gathering of coaches and mentors looking to learn […]

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What are the most effective leaders in Higher Education doing differently?

By on Wednesday, April 24, 2019

If we were to believe most TV shows and movies, we would think that to be successful in higher education, one needs a high degree of arrogance, self-importance, and even a tendency to isolate oneself. However, our findings on the behaviors associated with effectiveness in higher education leaders paint a very different picture. The more […]

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What do inclusive leaders do differently?

By on Thursday, March 21, 2019

There are several ongoing research projects at MRG. One project that I really enjoy working on is our series on leadership best practices. Not only do we search for insights that will help leaders increase their effectiveness, but we can identify the nuances of effective leadership by exploring best practices for specific groups, industries and […]

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What Successful Tech Leaders Put First

By on Sunday, January 6, 2019

When we looked at the behaviors that impact leadership effectiveness in the technology industry, one behavior was the clear winner. Behaving strategically was almost three times as important for predicting effectiveness as the next behavior set.  It was even more important than maintaining in-depth and up-to-date specialized knowledge – something we tend to associate with […]

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Aiming for Lasting Change: Why So Many Resolutions Miss the Mark

By on Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Nearly everyone starts out in coaching and development with good intentions. Yet, some fail to achieve their goals. This time of year, as so many of us are making New Year’s resolutions, these failures can sometimes be seen as a punch line or a cliché. As a researcher, I’m curious about why, if we want […]

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Inspired to Run Faster: Reflections on the Global Assessment Summit

By on Thursday, December 6, 2018

We all run faster during a 5k race than when we’re jogging around the block on our own. Why is that? Well, having to run alongside other people provides a healthy dose of competitive energy. I recently attended the Global Assessment Summit in Tulsa and, while I enjoyed the camaraderie, sharing of ideas and overall […]

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Moving Fast: Leadership Best Practices in the Transportation Industry

By on Monday, December 3, 2018

Sometimes the results of a Best Practices study motivate me to dig a little deeper into an industry. A recent example is our study of the transportation industry. The top three behaviors predicting effective leadership were communication, strategic and technical. This combination made me think of a more fluid and unpredictable environment than I would […]

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