Executive Development Blog

How to Identify High-Potential Talent in the Workplace

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Jan 29, 2015 1:25:09 PM

The ability to recognize high-potential talent builds an organization’s competitive advantage for the future and allows an organization to fill mission-critical roles. Currently, there is a problem with the effectiveness of organizations to identify high-potential employees, and many organizations lack formal, high-potential development programs. The adoption of such programs will help organizations retain these valuable employees.Setting Organizational Goals- UNC Executive Development

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Topics: high-potential talent

UNC Executive Development Program Profile: Storytelling

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Jan 27, 2015 11:45:19 AM

UNC Executive Development’s portfolio of open-enrollment programs offers numerous opportunities for professionals to expand their knowledge of the business world. One program that is starting in April of 2015 is Enhanced Business Communication through Storytelling.To give individuals a better idea of what this program has to offer, lets examine the overview, audience, benefits, and the esteemed faculty members who make it all possible.

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Talent Management Webcast: Practical Tips to Make Mindfulness Work

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Jan 22, 2015 12:50:00 PM

Using recent research from the Human Capital Institute as well as the expertise of UNC Executive Development’s Program Director, Kimberly Schaufenbuel, this webcast will demonstrate the steps you can take to incorporate meaningful mindfulness practices into the workplace and beyond.

Attend this webcast to:

  • Learn precisely what mindfulness is, and how it can increase employee wellness, performance, productivity, and in turn, a business’s bottom line
  • Explore the relationship between mindfulness techniques and improved leadership skills
  • Review some of the studies that offer insight into the science behind mindfulness
  • Discover examples of organizations that have offered mindfulness courses and see how it has impacted their workplaces

Register for Webcast

The webcast will take place 

Thursday, Feb 12 2015 1:00pm EST

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UNC Executive Development Program Profile: Women in Business

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Jan 20, 2015 12:06:28 PM

In October, we reviewed the importance of developing women in the workplace by taking a look at the white paper, The New Business Imperative: Recruiting, Developing, and Retaining Women in the Workplace. In addition to writing this white paper and another (Retaining Women in the Workplace) and conducting the UNC Leadership Survey 2012: Women in Business, UNC Executive Development also offers an open-enrollment program on the important topic of women in business. The program, Women in Business: Transitioning to Leadership, is offered twice a year in 2015. 

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Ready, Aim, Coach: Coaching's Role in Leadership Development

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Jan 15, 2015 9:59:35 AM

How to Coach Managers to Deal with Problem Employee Behaviors

Problem employees are the bane of everyone’s existence. They cause productivity to plummet and damage morale. Because few people enjoy conflict, managers often go to extremes to avoid addressing the problem behavior.

coaching“Unfortunately, by the time it is addressed, the damage has already been done and the clean-up can take months,” reports Melodie Howard, program director for UNC Executive Development. “Coaching managers how to handle problem employee behavior can significantly reduce workplace stress and the costs associated with problem employee behavior.” 

Howard recommends that HR follow these steps to coach managers on how to deal effectively with problem employee behaviors:

Step 1: Help the Manager Identify the Problem Behavior

Ask probing questions about the problem behavior so the manager can articulate what the behavior is. Ask the manager if the behavior has happened before.  Find out what he or she would like to see happen in terms of correcting the problem.  These questions are essential in the employee development process.

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Topics: executive development, talent management, leadership development

UNC Executive Development: Big Data and Business Analytics

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Jan 13, 2015 10:14:02 AM

UNC Executive Development brings excellence and experience to the classroom with its’ esteemed faculty from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Among the Kenan-Flagler faculty is Adam Mersereau, who specializes in data-driven dynamic optimization.

Adam Mersereau - UNC Executive DevelopmentDr. Mersereau earned his PhD in operations research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his BSE in electrical engineering, summa cum laude, from Princeton University. Prior to his academic career, he worked as an analyst in Goldman Sachs' fixed income division, where he advised large corporate and sovereign debt issuers.

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UNC's Talent Development Journal, ideas@work Volume 8 Now Available!

Posted by Susan Cates on Jan 8, 2015 9:30:54 AM

Hello once again from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  I’m pleased to present the latest edition of ideas@work.  We publish this journal specifically for business leaders interested in talent development; I hope that you find something that interests you. 

ideasatworkv8Volume 8 of ideas@work includes five of the latest white papers from the UNC Executive Development team.  Horace McCormick, a program director here at UNC, draws from over twenty years of corporate experience to offer his tips to help you build a successful and sustainable mentoring program.  Kimberly Schaufenbuel, former head of global talent development for a multinational corporation, explores the importance of mindfulness in the workplace, featuring examples of companies incorporating mindfulness into their learning and development efforts.  Kirk Lawrence has written about toxic work environments, focusing on the leadership behaviors - passive aggression, destructive gossip, devious politics, negativity, narcissism, resistance to change – which can contribute to a toxic workplace environment.  Another paper co-authored by Kip Kelly and Alan Schaefer considers the value of collaboration, with steps you can take to create a more collaborative culture in your organization.  Finally, in The ROI of Talent Development, Sarah Perez looks at how companies are investing in talent development and provides suggestions to help you get the most from your investment.  

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The Role of Learning and Development in Succession Planning

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Jan 6, 2015 10:49:15 AM

Check out this white paper written by UNC's David Leonard.

Putting Success Back in Succession Planning

Effective succession plans are more than filling out forms. They are real, living programs that combine learning and development (L&D) opportunities and experiential learning to prepare leaders at all levels for tomorrow’s business challenges.

“It’s unfortunate, but less than half of all organizations have succession plans in place, and those that do usually focus their efforts at only the highest management levels,” notes David Leonard, Ph.D., program director for Executive Development at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. 

“We have a perfect storm brewing. As the economy recovers, employees who have been hunkering down will seek new opportunities elsewhere, and Baby Boomers may finally feel comfortable to retire,” says Leonard. “Employers have to be ready for the exodus, and that’s where succession planning is so important.”


Adequate succession plans identify high potential employees who will assume key leadership roles left vacant by departures or retirement. Successful plans not only prepare employees for those roles but also prepare them to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s workplace.

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Leadership Development: Shaping the Next Generation

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Dec 29, 2014 2:35:12 PM

Check out the following UNC white paper written by Kip Kelly

Five Steps to Turn the Baby Boomer Brain Drain into a Brain Trust

A baby boomer turns 65 every eight seconds – that’s more than 7,000 per day. Many boomers may delay retirement for financial and personal reasons, but employers are worried—and rightfully so—that they will face a shortage of experienced workers over the next five years.

“The economic downturn slowed the baby boomer retirement trend,” reports UNC’s Executive Development marketing director Kip Kelly. “But as the economy recovers, boomers will retire and study after study shows that few employers have taken steps to prepare for the inevitable.”


“The good news is that many senior leaders want to give back and create a legacy in their organizations,” notes Kelly. “Employers can seize that opportunity and engage their most senior leaders before they retire to harvest their experiences and shape the next generation of leaders in their organizations.”

If you want to proactively approach this situation within your own organization, here are five steps to avoid the brain drain and turn your baby boomers into a brain trust:

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UNC-Chapel Hill: A Brief History

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Dec 18, 2014 12:45:37 PM

Chartered in 1789 and built in 1793, the University of North Carolina became the first public institute of higher education. The site of the University was marked only by a small chapel - New Hope Chapel Hill - and its surrounding community. Legislator and trustee William R. Davie was an integral part of gaining the charter for the University, and once the ground was broken, he took the lead in organizing the University.

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The first building open on the UNC campus was Old East. It opened for students n January 1795 with the first student enrolled being Hinton James on February 12, 1795.  The next two buildings added to the University were Person Hall and South Building.  All three respective buildings are older than any other American state university building.  The second state university did not begin classes until 1801 when a few students from nearby academies assembled under a large tree in Athens, Georgia for instruction.  By then, four classes had already graduated at Chapel Hill, and there were to be three more before the first diplomas were issued in Georgia.

The University has always been in a state of constant change. From adding buildings and increasing enrollment to developing new schools and graduate programs, UNC has remained ahead of the curve throughout its years of existence being the first in many areas, such as developing a summer school. All areas of education were promoted at UNC from an early start. Medical and pharmaceutical buildings were established while the School of Library Science was developed as the first of its kind. The University was able to accomplish so much due to the generosity of alumni, student fees, and continuous donors such as the Kenan Family who, in addition to many other things, established scholarship funds and donated the football stadium to the University.

Since its establishment, UNC has proven to be one of the most successful universities in the country.  The University has produced governors - not only for North Carolina but also for many other states - and countless other professionals, including cabinet members, clergymen, diplomats, engineers, geologists, judges, legislators, surveyors, teachers, as well as a President and a Vice President of the United States.   

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