Executive Development Blog

Putting the "Fun" in Fundraising, One Pie at a Time

Posted by Kip Kelly on Nov 3, 2015 11:28:00 AM

unc chili cook offIf you've attended one of the leadership development programs here at UNC Executive Development, you know that we take our work very seriously.  You also know that we like to have fun, because if we're not having a good time, chances are good that you're not having a good time either.  We've been ranked among the best in the world for our faculty, program design, new skills and learning...but what you don't see in our rankings is the team behind the scenes.unc executive development pie toss 

I think we have one of the best teams in the business, and it is events like the latest SECC fund raising effort that make me proud to be a part of this team.  We've had a bake sale, a chili cook off, a penny drive and now a pie throw raffle.  It is great to see everyone involved, supporting the team, and supporting some worthwhile causes.unc bake sale

If you haven't attended one of our leadership development programs then I encourage you to explore the program portfolio on our website to find the program that is right for you. You can experience one of the best business schools in the world - with the best team in the business.

Hope to see you. 

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

UNC Ranked Among Top 10 in the World by Financial Times

Posted by UNC Executive Development on May 18, 2015 2:42:20 PM

Custom executive education programs at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School are among the very best in the world, according to a new Financial Times ranking.download-3

The Financial Times ranked UNC Kenan-Flagler No. 9 in the world and No. 3 in the United States for its customized leadership development and business education programs.

“We are dedicated to the partnerships we develop with companies to help them solve business challenges and develop the knowledge, skills and experience they need,” said Susan Cates, president of UNC Executive Development. “To receive this positive feedback from the clients we serve is truly gratifying and inspires us as we continue to collaborate with them to develop their future business leaders.”

UNC Kenan-Flagler also ranked highly in several individual categories, including:

    •          No. 1 for value for money
    •          No. 2 for faculty
    •          No. 3 for aims achieved
    •          No. 3 for new skills and learning
    •          No. 4 for program design
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Topics: executive development, leadership, UNC, Kenan-Flagler, executive education, leadership development

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

Bringing Mindfulness to the Workplace - A Task for Talent Management

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Oct 23, 2014 10:07:05 AM

The following is a summary of a talent management white paper written by Kimberly Schaufenbuel, UNC Executive Development Program Director.

In today’s work world, we face multiple stressors, demands, and pressures, not to mention constant connectivity through smart phones, social media, and tablet computers. Consulting firm AON Hewitt estimates that 35 percent of U.S. employers in 2013 offered employee stress-reduction programs, and that estimate is expected to grow (AON Hewitt, 2013). 

Business leaders are increasingly looking for ways to reduce employee stress, and many employers - like Google, Aetna, Target, and General Mills, to name a few - have found that introducing mindfulness into their workplace not only lowers employee stress, but improves focus, clarity of thinking, decision-making, emotional intelligence, and more.

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Topics: employee engagement, executive development, emotional intelligence, leadership development, learning and development

Closing the Gaps in Leadership Development

Posted by UNC Executive Development on Sep 11, 2014 1:22:00 PM

The following is a summary on a white paper Brigitta Theleman wrote.

Closing the Gaps in Leadership Development

“Simply put, successful organizations have strong leaders,” says Brigitta Theleman, director for UNC’s OneMBA program. Organizations with strong leaders outperform other organizations in workforce retention, employee engagement, and organizational performance (including financial performance, customer satisfaction, service quality and productivity).

Unfortunately, identifying the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) needed in strong leaders and creating corporate cultures that encourage the development of these is a challenge for which many organizations struggle; only about two-fifths of respondents to a recent American Management Association survey agreed or strongly agreed with the statement that their “leadership development program is highly effective.”

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Topics: executive development, leadership, leadership development, change

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:

THE BLEAK STATE OF LEADERSHIP

  • 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

UNC Executive Development Ranked Among Top 10 in the World

Posted by Kip Kelly on May 12, 2014 12:09:00 PM

Financial Times Executive Education RankingCustom executive education programs at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School are among the best in the world, according to a new ranking by the Financial Times.

The Financial Times ranked UNC Kenan-Flagler No. 9 in the world and No. 4 in the United States for its customized leadership development and business education programs that help organizations address business challenges.

UNC Kenan-Flagler also ranked highly in many individual categories, notably as No. 3 in the world for value, No. 4 for both faculty and program design, No. 5 for new skills and learning and No. 6 for aims achieved.

“The new Financial Times ranking of our work in leadership development and executive education is a confirmation of our commitment to the companies with which we collaborate,” said Susan Cates, president of UNC Executive Development. “We recently celebrated 60 years of executive education at UNC Kenan-Flagler, and these rankings reflect our legacy of excellence. The Financial Times methodology focuses heavily on the feedback from the clients we serve and we are honored that they have ranked UNC Kenan-Flagler among the best in the world for the value we bring to their organizations. We are privileged to work with so many great organizations to help them to develop their future business leaders.”

UNC Kenan-Flagler partners with a wide variety of organizations from all over the world, said David Leonard, executive director at UNC Executive Development. “We collaborate with their business leaders to help solve business challenges and develop the knowledge, skills and experience they need to succeed and knowing that they value our work together is extremely gratifying.”

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Topics: executive development, leadership, executive education, 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:

MANAGING THE MULTIGENERATIONAL WORKPLACE
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.

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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

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

[email protected] Volume 6 - UNC's Journal for Talent Management Professionals

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

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

The latest edition of [email protected] 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