Executive Development Blog

Leadership Exercises to Build a Resilient Organizational Culture

Posted by Kip Kelly on Apr 16, 2014 10:10:00 AM

Below is an executive summary from a white paper written by Marion White, an Account Director here at UNC. To download the entire paper, click here.

A recent Towers Watson study found that in most organizations, only 35 percent of employees said they were engaged. In other words, 65 percent of employees have mentally checked out, causing productivity, innovation, and creativity to plummet. 

While this is never good news for employers, the timing could not be more critical as organizations across the globe continue to struggle to survive. Thought leaders are increasingly calling today’s turbulent business world a “VUCA” environment—one that is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. To succeed in this environment, organizations must be more adaptive and agile than ever before—they must be resilient. Organizations that lack resilience—that ability to bounce back after setbacks—are often stressful places to work, a situation in which far too many employers and employees are well versed. 

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Topics: VUCA, UNC, talent management, burnout, leadership development, organizational culture

Leadership Development Research - Live Webcast May 15th

Posted by Kip Kelly on Apr 3, 2014 9:00:00 AM

We recently partnered with the Human Capital Institute (HCI) to explore how companies accelerate leadership development.  This research project sought to understand the current climate of leadership development including budgets, leadership competencies and anticipated changes for the future. The survey was completed by 378 HR and L&D professionals in February of 2014.
Join us May 15 at 1:00 pm EST as we share results from the study and take questions. 

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Topics: leadership, talent management, talent development, high-potential talent, leadership development

The Recipe for Long-Term Career Success

Posted by Kip Kelly on Mar 25, 2014 3:11:32 PM

There’s a simple recipe for long-term career success, with three main ingredients: knowledge, experience, and reflection.  On the surface, this sounds pretty simple.  You’re constantly collecting new knowledge and experience throughout your career. Don’t be fooled.  There’s a big difference between hoping you will gain the knowledge and skills you need and proactively pursuing the development opportunities that will ensure long term success.  You need to take control of your future, and that means developing a strategy that will enable you to reach your career goals.

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Topics: executive development, leadership, executive education, talent development

The Neuroscience of Leadership: Practical Applications

Posted by Kip Kelly on Mar 20, 2014 1:55:00 PM

Check out the summary of our new white paper by Kimberly Schaufenbuel:

The Neuroscience of Leadership

Management practices such as the open-book management approach encourage employers to practice open communication and transparency with employees to improve trust, teamwork, employee motivation, and performance. Studies evaluating the effectiveness of these methods show that they can also improve a company’s bottom line. Until recently, though, we did not understand the science behind these practices. Thanks to the field of neuroscience, technological advances in functional magnetic imaging (fMRI), and a 2013 commitment by President Obama to support a brain-mapping initiative to help us understand the workings of the brain, we are beginning to see the physical link these and other management practices have to the brain.

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Topics: leadership

ideas@work Volume 6 - UNC's Journal for Talent Management Professionals

Posted by Susan Cates on Mar 18, 2014 1:17:00 PM

UNC Talent Management Journal ideas@work

I’m very pleased to present the latest edition of ideas@work, a journal we have developed specifically for business leaders who are interested in issues related to talent development.

The latest edition of ideas@work features five new white papers, including “Powering Your Bottom Line Through Employee Engagement” which discusses the importance of employee engagement and provides tips to help you drive engagement in your organization. Another white paper, “Identifying High-Potential Talent in the Workplace,” includes findings from the 2013 UNC Leadership Survey. Over 1,300 talent development professionals participated in the study which explores best practices in talent identification. A third paper looks at the intersection of personal branding and employment branding with recommendations to help you and your organization navigate the ever-changing world of social media, while another examines how developing emotional intelligence can drive leadership performance. Finally, in “Making Change Work,” we discuss why many change initiatives fail, and we provide suggestions to help you avoid these pitfalls. 

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Topics: executive development, leadership, UNC, Kenan-Flagler, talent management, talent development

Meet UNC's Al Segars

Posted by Kip Kelly on Mar 18, 2014 1:02:00 PM

segars_portraitI often receive questions about which UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School faculty members will be leading our flagship program, the Executive Development Institute (EDI). This Spring, we are excited to start the 2 week program off with UNC's Dr. Al Segars, RBC Centura Distinguished Professor and Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship. Take a look at this profile and video of Dr. Segars for some insight into his engaging personality, diverse interests, and passion for teaching about the strategic changes organizations and individuals can make through technology and business innovation.

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Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night...

Posted by Kip Kelly on Mar 7, 2014 3:25:21 PM

Here at UNC Executive Development, we pride ourselves in our ability to rise to every challenge.  We have a really exceptional team, dedicated to making every program experience memorable. Below, a new member of our team, Lauren Postyn, shares her experience delivering programs during the recent snow storm.


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Leadership Development, Mindfulness & the Key to Happiness

Posted by Kip Kelly on Feb 27, 2014 9:30:00 AM

What is the secret to happiness?  Turns out, there's an app for that.

Five years ago, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, which prompts users to report their feelings in real time.  Here's how it works: users receive a text or email asking to record what they are doing and how they are feeling at that moment.  The app records these responses over time and creates a personalized "Happiness Report" which details what activities are associated with greater happiness.  In addition to providing the individual, personalized report, the app collects data that fuels Killingsworth's research at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  To date, over 35,000 people have participated in the study.

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Topics: executive education, emotional intelligence, burnout, mindfulness, stress

Retaining Women in the Workplace

Posted by Lauren Garris on Feb 18, 2014 9:08:00 AM

Check out the summary of our new white paper, "Retaining Women in the Workplace" by Amy Wittmayer:

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Topics: talent management

UNC Newsletter for Talent Management Professionals

Posted by Kip Kelly on Feb 11, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Hello once again from UNC Executive Development. I hope your year is off to a great start. Here at UNC, we're busy with the expansion of our facility - the Rizzo Executive Conference Center; we just published the latest edition of our talent management journal, ideas@work; and we just launched a new research project to explore how companies accelerate leadership development. 2014 is shaping up to be a great year!UNC Executive Development

I wanted to share our latest newsletter for talent management professionals.  We've included information about trends in talent management, plus tips and insights regarding leadership development. We’ve also updated our program calendar with the latest 2014 dates for all of our leadership development programs, including our 3 day Leadership Effectiveness Workshop

This newsletter features a variety of different topics that you might find interesting, including:

  • The Top 10 HR Trends in 2014
  • The Hard Truth about Performance Management
  • Accenture 2013 Skills and Employment Trends Survey: Perspectives on Training
  • 3 Ways to Become a Great Leader
  • All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Bad Employee
  • To Encourage Innovation, Your Company Must Accept Failure
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Topics: talent management