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Measuring Leadership During 4th Quarter

11/16/2018 by julie

 

The 4th quarter is when the yearlong numbers become real and leadership becomes accountable. It is the quarter that has the most expense cuts and reductions in employment. 4th quarter is when annual planning is completed, leadership is measured, and talent deployment is strategized for the upcoming year. It is the quarter for decisions to ensure the next year will meet or exceed expectations. The pressure on leadership is increasing due to retirements and job changes, but the majority is forced resignations due to inability to meet expectations and move the company forward successfully in this competitive global economy. Not everyone is a natural leader and the lure to increase visibility, gain power, and be rewarded is enticing and a confidence builder. The most common reasons why leaders fail are: (1) become self­serving and do not support their team; (2) will not delegate tasks to develop learning (become stressed out with work overload and create turnover of staff); (3) stop directing people forward; (4) become too political or arrogant; (5) become resistant to change and cannot adapt their style to a new environment (more reactive than proactive); and/or (6) do not communicate well with external and internal stakeholders. The challenge for most organizations is how do you go about finding the right leader for the right job at the right time? This requires planning and setting realistic expectations. First step is to define the search criteria. Sounds simple; however, B & B has found that 70+% of all exempt searches are altered from initial scope because hiring authorities are too inwardly focused and subconsciously not aligned with the goals of the role and the needs of the Job opportunities business. B & B partners with clients to create a complete and detailed description of core responsibilities, definition of opportunities to contribute, reporting structure, resources, client/candidate expectations, hard and soft skill requirements, and compensation. Before starting the search we want to make sure all parties have strategically evaluated the search and defined the interview process. The second step is to determine specific examples of workplace behavior and experiences that candidates should possess. B & B partners with clients to define and assess the technical and soft skills, knowledge, and business experience required for hiring talent. B & B will assist in creating a search scorecard to align all the decision makers, ensure the evaluation and selection process, and facilitate hiring to secure the right talent.