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Nancy Tannenbaum

Nancy Tannenbaum has worked at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Executive Development for 3+ years and has seen first-hand how executives can have transformational learning experiences that help them become better leaders.
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Talent Management Webcast: How to Build a Successful Mentoring Program

Posted by Nancy Tannenbaum on Oct 2, 2014 9:49:15 AM

Join UNC Executive Development's Horace McCormick as he discusses how to launch a successful and sustainable mentoring program on an October 23rd 1PM (EST) webcast with Human Capital Institute. 

Horace and HCI will:

  • Discuss the benefits of effective mentoring programs and why more employers are embracing mentoring programs in their organizations;
  • Delineate the difference between coaching and mentoring;
  • Review various types of mentoring programs;
  • Offer steps HR and talent management professionals can use to launch successful and sustainable mentoring programs in their organizations, and;
  • Provide examples of mentoring programs being used in organizations today.

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The webcast will take place at 1:00 PM (EST) on Thursday, October 23, 2014.

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Topics: leadership, talent development, leadership development, learning and development, mentoring

Meadowmont - Where Leaders Come to Learn from UNC Kenan-Flagler

Posted by Nancy Tannenbaum on Sep 30, 2014 10:42:00 AM

Meadowmont was once an open tract of land with a small house on it. Now stands the Paul J. Rizzo Conference Center which houses UNC Executive Education for the Kenan Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill. Alongside the conference center is the DuBose House, a home established by the DuBose family, which is currently used for serving meals, hosting events, and boarding guests.   

The DuBose House at UNC Executive Development's Rizzo Center Mr. David St. Pierre DuBose had long nurtured a dream of creating his own rural estate, and in 1931 he purchased several tracts of land bordering Orange and Durham counties. On this land, at the top of a small mountain, DuBose established his own home and working farm. The highlight of the property was the handsome two-and-one-half story Georgian Revival country house, named Meadowmont for its location atop the small mountain surrounded by meadowland. This home was to become the center of a distinguished social scene in North Carolina for more than 60 years, and the DuBose family became stewards of their families' long-standing traditions of generosity to The University of North Carolina.

Mr. and Mrs. David St. Pierre DuBose moved to North Carolina from Baltimore, where Mr. DuBose had worked as an engineer after graduating from UNC-CH. He used his skills and innovation to create a beautiful home that was technologically advanced, functional for the family, and welcoming to all guests that entered. Realizing that air conditioning would one day be a standard feature of private homes, particularly in the South, DuBose designed an ingenious network of ductwork and vents, all painstakingly disguised behind intricate and attractive Georgian-style open moldings. Meadowmont is believed to be one of the first private homes in the United States equipped for central air conditioning.

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Leadership Challenge: Creating a Collaborative Organizational Culture

Posted by Nancy Tannenbaum on Sep 18, 2014 1:27:00 PM

Check out a recent talent management white paper written by Kip Kelly and Alan Schaefer.

Creating a Collaborative Organizational Culture

creating a collaborative culture

Collaboration can re-invigorate organizations by fully engaging employees, improving retention, and increasing innovation. It can help employees thrive in an ever-changing, diverse workplace. As organizations grow, however, employees scatter through telework and multiple locations, budgets shrink, and workloads expand, making collaboration a challenge. Unfortunately, many senior leaders view collaboration as a skill that is best applied to selected projects rather than as an organization-wide cultural value that should be embedded in the company’s fabric. 

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Three Characteristics for Effective Leadership Development

Posted by Nancy Tannenbaum on Aug 28, 2014 1:33:17 PM

Recently, I wrote on the issue of whether leadership could be taught, and I concluded that it is taught (and learned) every day. So, if you'll humor me and accept that leadership can be taught, the next question I’d like to tackle is: How do business schools teach leadership?

To answer this question, we asked UNC Kenan-Flagler associate professor of organizational behavior, Alison Fragale. Professor Fragale teaches courses on effective leadership and negotiation skills to undergraduates, graduate students, and working professionals. Alison offers several insights from her experience here at UNC, and she makes a convincing case that business schools are ideally suited to teach leadership. She identifies three characteristics of world-class business school faculty, which enable them to provide powerful leadership lessons, building real skills and changing behaviors.



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Topics: leadership, leadership development

4 Leadership Traits Needed for Challenging Times

Posted by Nancy Tannenbaum on Aug 26, 2014 9:52:48 AM

The Wall Street Journal “Boss Talk” column recently featured a conversation with UNC Chancellor, Carol Folt, who joined UNC in 2013 as the University's reputation for top-flight athletics and academics was being challenged. Rather than focus on the specific investigation, I want UNC Chancellor Carol Holtto point out how the interview with Chancellor Folt is an excellent example of executive leadership and vision during taxing times.

Everyone has their own idea of what it takes to be top dog. There are hundreds of lists of the characteristics of exceptional leaders, but several traits seem to top the majority of these lists. Below I’ve listed those traits that help leaders in times of crisis and copied Chancellor Holt's quotes from the interview which demonstrate her firm grasp of how to lead in challenging times.

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Topics: leadership, leadership development

Leadership Tips for Women in Business

Posted by Nancy Tannenbaum on Jul 31, 2014 8:48:07 AM

Women business owners and working women face certain challenges and obstacles that men do not. This is not meant to be an inflammatory statement, just a factual one.  Women still encounter gender discrimination and stereotyping in business and on the job, and working women who have children experience unique demands on their time, energy, and resources.  And while women are certainly not the only ones facing challenges in the workplace, this blog post will offer five ways to help women succeed, despite their many challenges.


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Topics: leadership, UNC, executive education, talent development, leadership development, learning and development

Talent Management: How to Accelerate Leadership Development

Posted by Nancy Tannenbaum on May 15, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Check out this executive summary of our newest talent management white paper which summarizes findings from the UNC Leadership Survey 2014: How to Accelerate Leadership Development.

Accelerating Leadership Development Research

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows an eye-opening statistic: by the year 2020, a quarter of the workforce will be over the age of 55. As large numbers of Baby Boomers retire, organizations are facing the difficult challenge of replacing senior talent with qualified incumbent employees. The remaining younger employees lack the years of experience and knowledge of their predecessors. According to recent research, 47 percent of survey respondents highlight gaps knowledge between current and future leaders as an important issue in their organizations. This shortage in qualified leaders in the midst of impending retirement places pressure on organizations to develop employees into qualified leaders and to do this at a faster rate. In addition, as the pace of change in our knowledge economy continues to increase and the global leadership learning curve becomes longer, there is a need to accelerate the development of leaders. How are organizations developing the knowledge, skills, and experiences of its future leaders to overcome this deficit?

In this signature research, conducted in partnership between the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Human Capital Institute, we investigate ways organizations are accelerating the development of their leaders. From a sample of HR professionals, we can understand the current climate of talent development, including budgets, leadership competencies and anticipated changes for the future. 

The following results were revealed:


  • Organizations are concerned about their leadership bench strength, as 85 percent agree that there is an urgent need to accelerate the development of their leaders.
  • Over a quarter of organizations report that 20 percent or more of their employers will reach the retirement age within the next five years.
  • Senior leaders are not satisfied with current bench strength and are concerned that their high-potentials are unable to meet future business needs. Only forty percent report that their high-potentials can meet future business needs.
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Topics: executive development, executive education, talent management, talent development, high-potential talent, leadership development

Talent Management: Managing the Multigenerational Workplace

Posted by Nancy Tannenbaum on May 8, 2014 4:00:00 PM

Check out the summary of our newest white paper by Kip Kelly and Dan Bursch:

Today’s workforce is decidedly multigenerational. It is comprised of five generations - Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y (or Millennials), and a smattering of Generation Z - whose life experiences have left indelible marks on their values and work preferences. This rapid and unprecedented demographic shift has many talent management and business leaders wondering how organizations will adapt to the “5G” workplace.

UNC leadership multigenerational graphic

The focus of many organizations’ recruitment and retention initiatives have included race and ethnicity, gender, veteran recruitment and development, people with disabilities, and more. There is an increasing demand in the workforce today to add multigenerational diversity to the mix. Business executives and talent development managers must include the effects multiple generations have in the workplace to their diversity and inclusion initiatives. Multigenerational workplaces create unique challenges and opportunities for employers who want to leverage each generation’s talents and strengths to benefit their organizations’ bottom lines.  

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Topics: employee engagement, executive development, talent management, millennials, multigenerational workforces

Can Leadership Be Taught?

Posted by Nancy Tannenbaum on Oct 31, 2013 3:24:00 PM

He's a 'natural born leader'...she was 'born to lead'...we've all heard (or maybe even used) these descriptive phrases describing someone who seemed destined to greatness - to take charge and command the masses. But we also all probably know someone else who fit that same profile at one time but got lost on the way and instead now needs to be led.  Or someone who soured on leadership ("it was too much responsibility, the pressure got to me"), and is no longer willing to lead.  And let's not forget about that unassuming individual who leads by constant and quiet example rather than by the obvious charisma and brute force of their personality.  Did Sister Teresa fit the mold of a 'natural born leader'?  

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Topics: executive development