January 2021

The Cutting Edge Art and Science of Hiring Frontline Leaders

Organizations spend the least amount of time and investment at what is “by far” the most critical role in their organizations: Frontline Supervisors. In every organization, these leaders set the…

September 2020

Upskilling: Questions and Answers

Russell J. Barcelona, Ph.D.

Q1: What are effective assessment tools to identify internal candidates for upskilling? Interesting question…let’s turn this one on its head. First, what is truly different between the circumstances of upskilling…

March 2019

CEO Succession Planning

Bob Young

CEO Success Planning l Milwaukee l Wisconsin
Ascend Talent Strategies steps for CEO succession planning and creating a CEO development plan.

March 2019

Selecting the Best Coach

Bob Young

The field of executive coaching has few barriers to entry, and it has seen an influx of service professionals marketing themselves as executive “coaches.” This surge of providers has led…

March 2019

Aligning Strategy

Bob Young

The Metro Milwaukee Society of Human Resource Management’s (MMSHRM) Performance and Development Special Interest Group launched a survey of members to understand how local professionals and leaders in the HR…

March 2019

Building a Leadership Development Platform

Russ Barcelona

Many times in business we are challenged to think in terms of ROI: Return On Investment. However, thanks to Bennington and Laffoley (2012) there is another “ROI” that plays a…

March 2019

Assessment and Selection

Russ Barcelona

Research consistently points to key indicators of true high potential leaders. While there is some variance across organizations as to the weighting of these factors, there is considerable agreement as…

March 2019

High Potential Employees

Bob Young

The following is a list of the top five obstacles we have encountered in our client organizations attempting to develop and sustain high potential development programs. A general description of…