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Dan gave this presentation at the World HRD Congress in Mumbai, India while there in February 2014.

Dan gave this presentation at the World HRD Congress in Mumbai, India while there in February 2014.

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  • 1. “We Speak Your Language”Talent Acquisition & Talent Development Solutions Utilizing your Strengths to Become a more Strategic Leader Taj Lands End, Mumbai 15 February 2014
  • 2. “We Speak Your Language” Your goals for today • What brought you here today? • What would you like to accomplish?
  • 3. “We Speak Your Language” What is a Strategic Leader? • Strategic Leaders do these well – Anticipate – Challenge – Interpret – Decide – Align – Learn Shoemaker, Krupp and Howland-HBR
  • 4. “We Speak Your Language” Strategic Leaders • Anticipate – Gather information from both inside and outside the firm – Predict competitors’ moves and likely reactions • Challenge – Reframe problems from several angles – Seek out diverse views from multiple sides • Interpret – Demonstrate curiosity and an open mind – Test multiple working hypotheses before making a conclusion
  • 5. “We Speak Your Language” Strategic Leaders • Decide – Balance long term and short term needs – Determine trade-offs, risks and unintended consequences • Align – Assess stakeholder tolerance and motivation for change – Identify and address conflicting interests • Learn – Communicate stories about success and failure for learning – Course correct on basis of evidence after decisions are made
  • 6. “We Speak Your Language” More on Strategic Leaders • Strong understanding of complex relationships between organization and its environment • Takes decisive action regarding the organization’s direction • Builds commitment by engaging others in the strategic process Kate Beatty-CCL
  • 7. “We Speak Your Language” Strategic Leaders • Summary of Strategic Leadership – Proactive, forward looking – Challenges the “status quo” – Deals with complexity – Aligns and Engages others – Makes decisions – Learns and Adapts
  • 8. “We Speak Your Language” How do leaders become Strategic? • Multiple experiences • Mentored-coached • Understand themselves well Where do you start? Know yourself first!
  • 9. “We Speak Your Language” What are Strengths? • Superior resources and skills that can be drawn on to exploit opportunities and deal with threats • What are your strengths? – How did you identify them? – Have they changed-are they changing?
  • 10. “We Speak Your Language” How can you identify strengths? • Self reflection-Self assessment – Preference indicators • MBTI • DISC – Other assessment tools • TKI • Emotional Intelligence • StrengthsFinder • Feedback from others – 360 assessment tools
  • 11. “We Speak Your Language” Knowing yourself
  • 12. “We Speak Your Language” Emotional Intelligence • Self Awareness • Self Management • Social Awareness • Relationship Management EI is much more important than “standard” intelligence in the workplace.
  • 13. “We Speak Your Language” StrengthsFinder 2.0 • Measures talent (not strengths) • Talent only an ingredient of a true strength – Knowledge, skills, practice are amplifiers for natural talents – Without facts and skills, talent can go untapped • Talent x Investment = Strength
  • 14. “We Speak Your Language” Uses for StrengthsFinder • Individual Development – Career choices – Life choices • Leader Development – Informal Coaching – Classroom training • Team Development – Improve communication – Maximize contributions
  • 15. “We Speak Your Language” 34 Themes-4 Leadership Domains Executing Influencing Relationship Building Strategic Thinking Achiever Activator Adaptability Analytical Arranger Command Connectedness Context Belief Communication Developer Futuristic Consistency Competition Empathy Ideation Deliberative Maximizer Harmony Input Discipline Self-Assurance Includer Intellection Focus Significance Individualization Learner Responsibility Woo Positivity Strategic Restorative Relator
  • 16. “We Speak Your Language” What about this Leader’s Approach? Executing Influencing Relationship Building Strategic Thinking Achiever Activator Adaptability Analytical Arranger Command Connectedness Context Belief Communication Developer Futuristic Consistency Competition Empathy Ideation Deliberative Maximizer Harmony Input Discipline Self-Assurance Includer Intellection Focus Significance Individualization Learner Responsibility Woo Positivity Strategic Restorative Relator
  • 17. “We Speak Your Language” What are your strengths? Executing Influencing Relationship Building Strategic Thinking Achiever Activator Adaptability Analytical Arranger Command Connectedness Context Belief Communication Developer Futuristic Consistency Competition Empathy Ideation Deliberative Maximizer Harmony Input Discipline Self-Assurance Includer Intellection Focus Significance Individualization Learner Responsibility Woo Positivity Strategic Restorative Relator
  • 18. “We Speak Your Language” Group Discussion • Choose three of the listed Talents/Strengths you feel describe you – Why did you choose them? – How do you use them? Do they make you more strategic in your leadership style?
  • 19. “We Speak Your Language” Strategic Leadership
  • 20. “We Speak Your Language” Which Traits? • Summary of Strategic Leadership – Proactive, forward looking – Challenges the “status quo” – Deals with complexity – Aligns and Engages others – Makes decisions – Learns and Adapts
  • 21. “We Speak Your Language” Strategic Leadership vs. Strengths • Proactive/forward looking – Context, Futuristic, Strategic, Ideation • Challenging the “status quo” – Maximizer, Futuristic • Dealing with complexity – Connectedness, Learner
  • 22. “We Speak Your Language” • Align and engage others – Adaptibility, Includer, Developer • Make decisions – Discipline, Focus, Responsibility, Command • Learn and adapt – Learner, Analytical, Strategic Leadership vs. Strengths
  • 23. “We Speak Your Language” Strategic Leadership vs. Strengths Proactive, forward looking Strategic Thinking Challenges the “status quo” Strategic Thinking Deals with complexity Executing Aligns and Engages others Relationship Building Makes decisions Influencing Learns and Adapts Strategic Thinking
  • 24. “We Speak Your Language” What next? • Talent is only an ingredient of a true strength – Knowledge, skills, practice are amplifiers for natural talents – Without facts and skills, talent can go untapped Talent x Investment = Strength
  • 25. “We Speak Your Language” Developing Leaders-The Recipe • 70-20-10 rule for Leadership Development – 70% challenging assignments – 20% developmental relationships – 10% coursework & training Source: Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)
  • 26. “We Speak Your Language” Vital Experiences • Bosses & Supervisors • Turnarounds • Increases in Scope • Horizontal Moves • New Initiatives • Personal Experiences • Mistakes Source: CCL
  • 27. “We Speak Your Language” Tying this all together • Becoming a more strategic leader requires planning and integration with business strategy • “Cookie Cutter” approaches will not work • Business Strategy, then Leadership Strategy
  • 28. “We Speak Your Language” Steps to Success • Understand the business strategy • Identify Strengths of key leaders • Map out developmental experiences and relationships • Support the process!
  • 29. “We Speak Your Language”“We Speak Your Language”
  • 30. “We Speak Your Language” Thank you! Dan Ryan Principal +1 615 202 0883 cell +1 615 656 3535 office Dan@Ryansc.net http://ryansearch.net