Category: Best Practices

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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Control Amid Complexity: Best Leadership Practices in Manufacturing

By on Tuesday December 11, 2018

Anyone following the news can hardly avoid headlines about the US/China trade wars. Given the volatile conditions in the industry, one thought keeps occurring to me: I don’t envy leaders in manufacturing right now. The world of manufacturing has grown increasingly complex in recent years, and the recent escalation in tensions – along with the […]

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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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Rethinking Leadership in the Energy Industry

By on Tuesday November 13, 2018

For several years, I consulted within the energy industry. It was a wonderful experience and provided me with a good understanding of what these organizations look for within their leadership. Usually, when someone thinks of the energy or utility industry, they think of a slow moving, conservative, and relatively stable environment. When someone is looking […]

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Has Employee Engagement Gone off the Rails?

By on Thursday September 27, 2018

You know the idiom, “a camel is a horse designed by a committee”? This is how I feel about employee engagement in its current form; almost like it has become Frankenstein’s weirder sibling. I should note that I was fascinated by employee engagement in graduate school; yet I’m concerned that, despite good intentions, it has […]

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Change is a constant. How do effective leaders handle it?

By on Monday September 17, 2018

As soon as you feel like we have something figured out, the parameters change and you need to recalibrate. Currently, my husband and I are in the process of buying a new car for the first time in a decade. The biggest challenge has been catching up with the last 10 years of automotive technology. […]

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From Potential to Performance: Best Practices for High Potential Leaders

By on Monday September 10, 2018

Just about anyone wants to be considered a high potential employee. Being designated as high potential is more than just a compliment; HiPos are treated favorably through exclusive developmental opportunities, granted exposure not afforded to others, and are promoted faster. The desire for high potential status may be certain, but that’s often where the certainty […]

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Empathy & Expertise: Best Practices for Senior Leaders

By on Tuesday August 28, 2018

Think of your idea of the stereotypical senior leader. Now think of senior leaders you’ve encountered throughout your career. If you’re like me, you are picturing strong, well-respected figureheads who often make decisions from a distance and are mainly concerned with making sure their organization or unit runs like a well-oiled machine. Now, imagine the […]

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