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Friday, September 11, 2009

Something Better: Talent Review


This is the FINAL of several posts this week based on my review of the book: The Pursuit of Something Better by Dave Esler and Myra Kruger...available on Amazon. I highly recommend for senior executives who want a handle on how to build culture in a company.

I love this quote from the book: “One of Rooney’s mantras is that in order to transform a culture, there is just one fundamental choice: you have to either change people, or change people.” Leaders are rated not just on “What” they do…their competencies but also the “How”…the style/manner they treat others, especially direct reports, along the way. Pretty simple but profoundly powerful considerations.

Every year the senior executives rate the leaders of the company. Leaders get a “What” rating on reaching goals, targets and overall perception of leadership within the company. Then they get a “How” rating that comes from their direct reports about how leaders conform to the Dynamic Organization culture. The culture survey (described earlier in this series) is the basis for this annual assessment.

Finally, I recall a famous Zig Ziglar quote: “It’s your attitude, not your aptitude that determines your altitude.” I’m sure Jack Rooney would agree with Zig.

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