Leaders around the World: Who Comes out on Top?

*This is a guest post authored by Adrian Chew, principal consultant at Peter Berry Consultancy (PBC).  Globalization and the expansion of organizations across international borders have created opportunities and challenges for current and future leaders. As a consultant, psychologist, and coach, I am excited to see more organizations around the world investing in psychometric and multirater feedback data for leadership development. Having reputational data available can be tremendously helpful to leaders for understanding and narrowing down key areas to focus on for development. Many multirater assessments allow leaders to compare themselves to other leaders around the world using global benchmark scores (for example, the Hogan 360°, powered by PBC, does this). Having the ability to use benchmarks to understand how leaders differentiate themselves is great, considering how globally connected we are. But given how diverse we are from country to country and culture to culture, are we missing any critical nuances that need to be considered when supporting our leaders and managers in their development? Read More »

ICF Coaching Day 2019: Agile Leadership in a Digital World

*This is a guest post authored by Annette Czernik, senior consultant at RELEVANT Managementberatung. This year's Coaching Day 2019, an international two-day congress for the coaching industry, was held November 15 and 16 in Munich, Germany. Once again, the event focused on future-oriented topics relating to agility, digitalization, and leadership. The diverse program was designed by the International Coach Federation (ICF) Germany with various speakers, experts, and insiders. RELEVANT Managementberatung was involved in different ways. Panel Discussion The panelists on the panel "Coaching & Digitalization – Opportunities, Threats & Ethical Aspects" discussed the introduction of digitalization into the coaching process in a very controversial way. There was a lot of curiosity but also restraint and resistance. ICF Germany Prism Award One of the highlights of Coaching Day 2019 was the presentation of the second Prism Award of ICF Germany, sponsored by RELEVANT. You can read about the importance of the ICF Prism Award here. Read More »

Assessing Global Talent: Using Personality for Talent Across Asia and the Globe

Krista Pederson, director of Asia-Pacific business development at Hogan, spoke at the 42nd International Congress on Assessment Center Methods and Developing Leadership Talent, held in Shanghai from November 13 to November 15, 2019.

In a presentation titled “Assessing Global Talent: Using Personality for Talent Across Asia and the Globe,” Pederson discussed leadership across cultures. She explained how Hogan does assessment translations and uses local and global norms. She also shared Hogan’s unique point of view on cross-cultural topics, including our focus on researching leadership personality within a country’s borders, instead of cross-cultural constructs across countries or regions.

Pederson’s presentation was completely full, as were many of the other conference sessions. More than 50 CEOs, leaders, and top business and psychology professors gave presentations about leadership development and assessment centers. Keynote speakers included Sharif Khan, GEO HR GM for Microsoft, Asia; William C. Byham, PhD, DDI co-founder and executive chairman; and He Jinghua, vice dean of Tencent College. The conference was well attended—more than 350 CEOs, CHROs, and other business leaders joined.

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metaBeratung CEO Nicole Neubauer Featured in Spiegel Wissen

Nicole Neubauer, CEO of metaBeratung, an official Hogan distributor in Europe, was recently featured in an article for Spiegel Wissen, one of Germany’s most prominent journals. The article, “Training Charisma: Do I Have the Julia Roberts Smile?” recounts Neubauer’s professional development and her rise to CEO of metaBeratung. During an interview for the article, Neubauer reflected on her personality and the importance of reputation to her career path. As an introvert, she found that the path to her current position was a long one. She had to train herself to be charismatic and comfortable in a leadership position. She had to learn how to become more relaxed and self-confident when speaking in front of groups, holding keynotes, or otherwise taking the lead. Today, Neubauer is pleased with the progress she has made in her professional development, and she says that constant learning and self-improvement are integral to career growth. She credits Hogan’s personality assessments with helping her to learn about her reputation and adapt her behavior to maximize her leadership potential. Read More »

Hogan Delivers Leadership Presentation to Rotary Club of Tulsa

On December 4, Hogan Managing Consultants Amber Burkhart, PhD, and Erin Laxson, PhD, were the featured speakers at the Rotary Club of Tulsa’s weekly meeting. One of the most notable speaking engagements in the Tulsa area, the event was attended by 200 business leaders, one of whom described Burkhart and Laxson as “world-class professionals.” As featured speakers, Burkhart and Laxson joined the likes of prominent business magnates, such as oil and gas entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens and billionaire philanthropist George Kaiser. Notable elected representatives, such as Sen. Jim Inhofe, Sen. James Lankford, and Gov. Kevin Stitt, have also spoken at the Rotary Club of Tulsa. Here are just a few of the highlights of Burkhart and Laxson’s presentation. Read More »

Get Hogan Advanced Certified in 2020

Ready to take your Hogan skills to the next level? Once you earn your official certification to administer Hogan’s personality assessments, you’ll have the opportunity for more extensive training in administering Hogan’s personality assessments. Hogan offers two options for advanced certification to help people build upon skills developed during the Hogan Assessment Certification workshop (which is a prerequisite for completion of either advanced certification course): Advanced Interpretation and Advanced Feedback. Read More »

Evolutionary Model, Modern Results: Introducing the New Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory (HBRI)

Our hominid ancestors constantly had to solve problems related to survival. They had to find food, water, shelter, and protection from predators. They also had to keep peace within the group and defend themselves and their groups against attacks by competing groups. If they did not solve these problems sufficiently, they died—whereas those who successfully managed the entire range of problems prevailed. But the demands of survival changed constantly. Only groups that adapted and improved their survival techniques in the face of constantly shifting environmental pressures became our more recent ancestors—the ultimate winners in the race for survival. From an ancestral point of view, critical reasoning means being able to solve a wide range of problems effectively. In a modern business context, critical reasoning, or business reasoning, involves (a) accurately forecasting sequences of events in and outside of one’s organization, (b) recognizing when those forecasts do and do not apply, and (c) making appropriate business decisions based on those forecasts. Read More »

Using Cognitive and Personality Assessments Together Improves Employee Selection

One of the primary tasks of leadership is to effectively and efficiently allocate an organization’s resources. In business, this requires leaders to make critical decisions that ultimately determine the success or failure of the organization. However, making good business decisions alone is not enough to guarantee success. Effective leaders must also have the interpersonal skills to get along with others and build high-performing teams. Both critical reasoning skills and interpersonal skills are effective predictors of performance. Logically then, employers who care about job performance should want to know two things: do my employees make good decisions and do they have the interpersonal skills to effectively function? The best way to answer these questions is by using assessments. Cognitive assessments, such as the Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory (HBRI), are some of the most robust predictors of job performance. Any job that requires solving problems, evaluating the consequences of various solutions, or weighing solutions against each other can benefit from cognitive assessments that accurately measure one’s critical reasoning skills. Effective critical reasoning requires three things: A clear-minded view of the problem – Too often leaders spend time solving the wrong problem or problems that aren’t actually problems at all. A rational analysis of possible solutions to the problem – Some solutions are bound to be more effective than others, so being able to analyze those solutions rationally and objectively is important. An accurate forecast of each solution’s consequences – Some solutions may cause future problems, so the cost and impact of the various solutions must be considered. Read More »

Robert Hogan Tours Europe with Awair and 3 Minute Mile

*This guest post was authored by Giuliana Mason, Marketing & Communications Manager for Awair. Effective Leadership: It's Not What You Think Is Humility the new Effectiveness when it comes to leadership-related topics? It’s what two different international audiences, in Paris and London, respectively, were able to discuss with Dr. Robert Hogan earlier in October. The events were organized by Awair, Hogan Distributor in Italy, France, and Spain – and 3 Minute Mile, Hogan Distributor in the UK. The two consultancies merged at the beginning of 2019 and operate now as a single company, although both through their original brand names. In Paris, Dr. Hogan delivered his speech in the academic context of ESCE business school, with whom Awair partnered for this special occasion. Some 200 among HR managers, consultants, and executive search professionals attended the event, along with undergraduate students who gladly welcomed the opportunity to listen to the talk of one of the greatest I/O psychologists of our times, also taking part in the lively Q&A session which followed. Read More »

ThreeFish Consulting: 5 Questions on High Potential Talent

*This is an interview with Dr. Pradnya Parasher, Founder & CEO of ThreeFish Consulting, on High Potential Talent Development in India.  In India, tenure and seniority have traditionally tipped the scales while creating a leadership pipeline. Now that old rules are being questioned, is it time to throw out all of the old and ring in everything new? Maybe not!    Q1. Are you seeing Indian companies looking at identifying high potential employees? Indian companies have valued tenure, loyalty, and seniority - this has its own due merit as experience and wisdom accompany seniority. With the advent of high-profile hires from management schools and diverse talent pools, Indian companies are looking at talent development differently. Accelerating the growth of high potential employees and scientific, methodical assessment of potential are therefore gaining traction. Newer talent management practices of assessment and diagnostics such as our personality-based tools now prove invaluable. Tenure is not irrelevant – organizational knowledge, wisdom, the maturity which comes with age and experience are all products of tenure. Within the same system, the need isto additionally look for those who we can stretch more, earlier in their careers. High potential employees like to be challenged – if not challenged, they can get bored and seek their challenge elsewhere. Therefore, identification of high potentials is not just to accelerate careers but also to identify those gems who are ready to take on higher challenges; and should be challenged. Read More »