Why Are CEOs Using Outdated Leadership Ideas?

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Recently, APQC has been sharing its latest leadership research to shed insight into today's leadership deficit. Today, we share guest blogger Jonathan Verney's take on outdated leadership ideas. Verney is the lead writer and creative strategist at The Corporate Storyteller. Find his thoughts below.

APQC respondents say today’s leadership style is outdated

11 Ways to Kickstart Better Leadership

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Organizations today are experiencing a leadership deficit. In recent years, surveys have revealed that CEOs fear a shortage of leaders across the globe will impede their plans for growth. Yet business press and business research show the leadership deficit is continuing unabated. However, some organizations have managed to buck this trend and are effectively developing leaders within their organizations. APQC conducted a best-practices study with several organizations that are best-practice in training and developing leaders. These five organizations are:

Want Better HR Performance? Start Using HR Metrics

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The use of HR metrics is becoming increasingly common. However, some organizations may be hesitant to adopt using a standard set of metrics for measuring HR performance because of the fear of increased costs; organizations understand that money and resources are required for implementing standard metrics because it takes time to develop and implement the measurement system and train employees. Some organizations may not be able to build a business case for these costs in the short term unless using the metrics is associated with lower costs in the long run.

What Great Innovative Companies Have in Common

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I recently talked to Claude Legrand, managing partner of Ideaction, Inc. to find out what makes companies leaders in innovation and what makes other companies struggle.

APQC: What sets successful companies in innovation apart from the rest?

What's Your Leadership Culture?

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For the past year, APQC has been doing in-depth research on the topic of leadership. We've looked at everything from the causes of the leadership deficit to the different types of leadership styles preferred by most organizations today.

Have you ever wondered what the leadership culture is like at your organization? Does your organization have an environment that promotes leadership development?

HR Scorecards: Do You Measure Up?

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In today’s volatile business environment, new trends can come up quickly and the HR function must effectively tackle the issues that shape their workplace. Because HR is made up of several different practice areas, it’s important to measure their performance across each area to ensure good performance across the entire function.

How Data and Analytics Can Improve Recruiting

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Does your recruiting function use data and analytics to guide its decisions? Recent research suggests that recruiting functions that use data may be more effective compared to those that do not. According to an analysis of data from a recent APQC survey of recruiting professionals, recruiting functions that use data to make recruiting decisions report fewer recruiting challenges and unrealistic hiring manager expectations.

What are Predictive Analytics and Big Data?

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Predictive analytics is a process where people bridge the gap between knowledge, data, and action. Big Data, which is a collection of data that is extremely large and complex, is increasingly making the list as a key trend. While it's a hot topic, most companies have not been successful at leveraging data for predictive analysis. Most organizations are still focused on siloed, historic data and examining trends versus forward-looking analytics.

Top Leadership Best Practices, Leadership Styles, and Skills Gaps

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APQC research shows that a certain leadership style may be more effective at minimizing skills gaps. Organizations embodying a less traditional and more contemporary leadership style, a group we call “dynamic leadership organizations,” are experiencing smaller skills gaps and are less concerned about a leadership skills deficit compared to organizations using a traditional leadership style.