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Transformational Change: An Ecosystem Approach

Transformational Change: An Ecosystem Approach
Change leaders in organizations can take lessons from nature, where change and systemic disturbances are constant. This paper describes how behavioral change among certain wildlife results in long-term transformation within the system and outlines four stages of transformational change that can be applied in your organization. It concludes with tips to help leaders of change keep their businesses profitable and sustainable through the process.

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Leadership Development Beyond Competencies

Leadership Development Beyond Competencies: Moving to a Holistic Approach
This white paper proposes an intriguing model of leadership development that stretches beyond visible behavioral competencies to include physiological, emotional and mental processes. This innovative model adds aspects of the mind and lived experience for a more holistic leadership lens that includes elements of leaders' inner existence along with their outward behaviors.

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It's Not About Me. It's Me & You.

"It's Not About Me. It's Me & You.": How Being Dumped Can Help First-Time Managers
Decades of CCL research confirm that many first-time managers struggle and often fail because they focus so hard on their own abilities, neglecting those they're managing. This first paper in CCL's "Transitioning into Leadership" series describes how individual contributors-turned-managers can move from a "me" mind-set to being accountable and responsible for the success of others.

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Delivering a Collective Leadership Strategy for Health Care

Delivering a Collective Leadership Strategy for Health Care
CCL and The Kings Fund believe collective leadership, where leadership is shared by each and every member of an organisation, is imperative to delivering sustainable culture change and patient care improvements in the United Kingdom's National Health Care System. This collaborative white paper describes the complex endeavour of developing and implementing a collective leadership strategy.

Read the related paper from the Kings Fund

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With the NHS facing bigger challenges than ever before, leaders must ensure that cultures within health care organizations sustain high-quality, compassionate and ever-improving care. Key to shaping these cultures is leadership.



Leading with Impact: How Functional Leaders Face Challenges, Focus Development, and Boost Performance

Leading with Impact: How Functional Leaders Face Challenges, Focus Development, and Boost Performance
If you're in charge of a business unit, a geographic region, a division, or a function, this could be the white paper you've been waiting for. Drawing on CCL's interviews with other functional leaders like yourself, this paper examines the immense challenges you face every day and helps you with ways to focus your development and boost your organization's performance.

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Network-Savvy Executives: Five Advantages for Leaders in a Networked World

Network-Savvy Executives: Five Advantages for Leaders in a Networked World
In this changing, interconnected business world, senior executives can no longer rely on traditional approaches to make things happen. Their ability to leverage informal organizational networks is vital. This paper describes how one network-savvy leader transformed a traditional shipping business into a global best-in-class provider of maritime services.

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Bridging the Strategy/Performance Gap

Bridging the Strategy/Performance Gap
Why do some leaders fail to successfully execute strategies that lead to excellent business results? This paper explores how an organization's performance can be poor even when its strategy is great.

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Vertical Leadership Development - Part 1: Developing Leaders for a Complex World

Vertical Leadership Development - Part 1: Developing Leaders for a Complex World
Leaders today are strained with trying to make sense of an environment that has grown too complex for their stage of development. This paper's author advocates vertical development — advancement in one's thinking capability — for leading in this increasingly VUCA world.

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The Challenges Leaders Face Around the World: More Similar than Different

The Challenges Leaders Face Around the World: More Similar than Different
A CCL study of senior and middle managers in seven different countries found they consistently face the same six challenges. Learn what those challenges are and how they can be overcome.

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Context Matters: An Ethiopian Case Study

Context Matters: An Ethiopian Case Study
Citing its Leadership Beyond Boundaries work in Ethiopia, CCL offers some lessons learned about making leadership training relevant to the culture and context in which it's being delivered. This paper is designed to help practitioners who are developing leaders in cultures and contexts different from their own.

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Leadership Strategies for Societal Impact

Leadership Strategies for Societal Impact
Business success is closely tied to an organization's ability to solve complex problems affecting society. This means that organizations must infuse their approach to leadership and leadership development with a commitment to positive societal impact. This paper provides a detailed "how-to" on this topic.

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What Makes a Leader Effective?  U.S. Boomers, Xers, and Millennials Weigh In

What Makes a Leader Effective? U.S. Boomers, Xers, and Millennials Weigh In
Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials are more alike than different in what they think makes an effective leader, according to a CCL study. The fascinating findings of this study seems to defy conventional wisdom.

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A Leader's Network: How to Help Your Talent Invest in the Right Relationships at the Right Time

A Leader's Network: How to Help Your Talent Invest in the Right Relationships at the Right Time
The networks that leaders build can make or break their careers. This paper describes the qualities of a good network and offers ways that the Learning, Development and HR functions can help leaders build networks for career success.

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Sleep Well, Lead Well: How Better Sleep Can Improve Leadership, Boost Productivity, and Spark Innovation

Sleep Well, Lead Well: How Better Sleep Can Improve Leadership, Boost Productivity, and Spark Innovation
Leaders who get their rest respond to challenge, chaos and complexity with clarity, creativity and productivity. This paper will help Learning, Development and HR leaders to "push back" on a 24/7 culture that has executives depriving themselves of sleep to stay on top of it all.

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Wake Up! The Surprising Truth about What Drives Stress and How Leaders Build Resilience

Wake Up! The Surprising Truth about What Drives Stress and How Leaders Build Resilience
There is no such thing as a stressful job or a stressful boss, this paper's author insists. Perhaps, rumination is the source of your stress. This paper offers a new common-sense approach to help leaders become more resilient to stress.

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Always On, Never Done?

Always On, Never Done?
Are you tied to your smartphone for work 24/7? Find out what CCL research shows that managers, professionals and executives blame for this "always on, never done" dilemma.

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Getting Real: How High-Achieving Women Can Lead Authentically

Getting Real: How High-Achieving Women Can Lead Authentically
High-achieving women often are not true to themselves as they try to live up to their organization's norms and expectations. Based on CCL research, this paper describes how women leaders can lead better by being more authentic.

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Blended Learning for Leadership: The CCL Approach

Blended Learning for Leadership: The CCL Approach
Blended Learning for leadership isn't just about technology or mixing classroom with online experiences. It's not about social media or the latest trends that promise to transform learning forever. It's about building, in a thoughtful, systematic way, a structure to enable and support how leaders learn best.

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Are You Ready? 4 Keys to Becoming a CEO

Are You Ready? 4 Keys to Becoming a CEO
If you have CEO ambitions, make sure you have what it takes to get the job. CCL has found that the well-prepared CEO shows for kinds of "readiness".

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The Effectiveness of the Leadership Development Programme in Europe

The Effectiveness of the Leadership Development Programme in Europe
Multiple studies show that an investment in effective leadership development can deliver substantive value to an organization. Learn how CCL's flagship leadership program delivers a strong return by successfully developing critical leadership competencies.

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A Leadership Gap Analysis for Chinese Leaders from a 360-Degree Survey

A Leadership Gap Analysis for Chinese Leaders from a 360-Degree Survey
What are the essential leadership capabilities and skillsets needed for Chinese leaders to effectively lead and succeed in today's organization?

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Crafting Your Career: Cultural Variations in Career­Relevant Relationships

Crafting Your Career: Cultural Variations in Career­Relevant Relationships
Relationships in organizations are increasingly important for both the work of the organization and the different career paths managers take. Learn about the variety of relationships that are relevant to careers of European managers and how managers in different parts of the world may use relationships in building their careers.

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Using Political Skill to Maximize and Leverage Work Relationships

Using Political Skill to Maximize and Leverage Work Relationships
Whether you are aware of it or not, you likely rely on your political skill to achieve work-related goals. Learn four distinct practices for maximizing the positive impact of political skill on others and your organization.

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Developing Network Perspective: Understanding the Basics of Social Networks and their Role in Leadership

Developing Network Perspective: Understanding the Basics of Social Networks and their Role in Leadership
If you can identify patterns of relationships or people in your personal and organizational networks that encourage or undermine your success, you have what's called "network perspective." This paper describes what network perspective is, why it's important, and how you can develop it.

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The Irony of Integrity: A Study of the Character Strengths of Leaders

The Irony of Integrity: A Study of the Character Strengths of Leaders
Highly publicized ethical scandals have challenged our faith in the integrity of today's leaders and public figures. With these scandals in mind, CCL examined not the character weaknesses that provoke such indiscretions, but the character strengths that top executives and middle managers need to maintain leadership with integrity. This paper describes those strengths and explains why leaders need them.

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Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass
For better or worse, relationships on the job shape managers' careers. This white paper, based on a CCL study of male and female managers in five countries across Europe, explores the many ways that relationships can help or hinder managerial careers. Read first-hand experiences of managers in the study group.

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Women and Political Savvy

Expanding the Leadership Equation: Developing Next-Generation Leaders
Do today's leaders see young people as having what is needed to be tomorrow's successful leaders? A CCL study uncovers the answer to this question, as well as several other questions about developing youth of the future.

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David G. Altman

David G. Altman

Executive Vice President & Managing Director
Center for Creative Leadership, Europe, Middle East & Africa

Experience

David is EVP and MD of CCL-EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). Previously, he served for over nine years as EVP of CCL’s Research, Innovation and Product Development group. Prior to CCL, David was a tenured Professor of Public Health Sciences and Pediatrics at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston Salem, North Carolina (10 years) and Senior Research Scientist at the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California (10 years).

Current Role

As EVP and MD of EMEA, David leads a 100 person team of full-time staff and 130 Associates in their work supporting CCL’s mission. He also serves on the 10 person Executive Team of CCL. EMEA has staff through the region and offices in Brussels [HQ]; Moscow, Russia; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Johannesburg, South Africa. David is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Public Health Education at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He serves as co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded Executive Nurse Fellows program (www.executivenursefellows.org). David has long supplemented his work in the public health field with a keen interest leadership. At CCL, he has attended the Leadership Development Program (LDP) as a Fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Program, Leading Creatively, Developing Leadership Talent, Assessment Certification Workshop, Coaching Certification Workshop, and Leadership at the Peak programs. He currently serves as a faculty member for the Leadership at the Peak program which is offered in Switzerland and Colorado Springs.

Educational Background

David earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine where he was selected as Alumni of the year in 2007. He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Stanford University.

Publications and Professional Affiliations

David is active in a number of professional associations and is a Fellow of three divisions of the American Psychological Association and a Fellow in the Society of Behavioral Medicine. He is also a member of the American Public Health Association, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention of the American Heart Association, the Society of Public Health Education, and Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. He serves on a variety of community taskforces and Boards. He has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters and five books.

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Florence Plessier

Florence Plessier

Coaching Practice Leader
Center for Creative Leadership EMEA

Experience

Before joining the Center, in her latest corporate position, Florence was Head of the Corporate University of STMicroelectronics in Asia Pacific where she and her team provided training, consulting and coaching solutions in leadership and organizational development as well as performance management across 10 countries in Asia.

Convinced by the power of coaching as a transformational tool for individuals, groups and organization, she decided to explore it further and developed a successful Executive Coaching practice reaching across 4 continents where she specialized in Executive Coaching and Senior Leadership Team Coaching.

Her extensive coaching experience — more than 2500 hours of coaching — had led companies and coaching organization to ask her services to mentor coaches, develop internal coaching programs and facilitate coaching skills workshops for business and HR leaders.

The first 10 years of her career were spent in the electronics corporate world where she developed her business acumen as part of the management team of — successively — StorageTek, Motorola and STMicroelectronics with responsibilities in Industrial Investment, Human Resources and Leadership Development.

Current Role

Florence is Coaching Practice Leader EMEA at the Center for Creative Leadership in Brussels, Belgium. She leads and oversees the development of the coaching portfolio and has overall responsibility for high quality and consistency standards of capability and coaching content in relation with the Design and Implementation team.

She is the content expert in the field of coaching both within and outside CCL, assuming a client interface role in form of pre-sales support and assuming an external representation and branding role for Leadership Coaching across EMEA.

Educational Background

Florence holds a MBA from the Toulouse Business School, France and graduated from the Corporate coaching Program, Corporate Coaching University.

Publication and Professional Affiliations

Florence is accredited Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from the International Coach Federation.

In her capacity of Leader of the Team Effectiveness program in STMicroelectronics, she led the studies developed in ST for the bestseller from Katzenbach and Smith: "The Discipline of teams". She contributed to the book "Organisation and Management" by Joe Marcus and Nick Van Dam.

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Regina H. (Gina) Eckert

Regina H. (Gina) Eckert

Senior Research Associate
Center for Creative Leadership EMEA

Experience

Gina uses her knowledge and research experience in cross-cultural leadership, especially in the region of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for CCL's research on leadership and diversity. She brings both qualitative and quantitative research skills to answer questions about leaders' career development, leadership and gender, globally responsible leadership, and leadership challenges around the world. She has managed the development of Global Leader View, a new 360-degree feedback tool for global leadership.

Current Role

Gina is the representative of CCL's Research department in the EMEA region. She is project manager for the study "Careers in 21st Century Europe", where a global team of CCL researchers and academic professors explore how culture and gender influence the development of leadership careers in various European countries. She speaks and presents on leadership and diversity to both scholars and practitioners. Gina is a key researcher on current projects around leadership and sustainability, social identity and diversity. She is also one of the drivers in broadening of CCL's evaluation capacity in the EMEA region.

Educational Background

Gina holds a degree in psychology from the University of Munich, Germany, and a PhD in Management from Aston Business School, UK. She also has a post-graduate certificate from Aston for teaching and learning in Higher Education, approved by the Higher Education Academy, UK.

Languages

Her working languages are English and German.

Professional Affiliations

Gina's research has been published in research scholarly journals such as the European Journal of Work & Organizational Psychology, Journal of Managerial Psychology, International Journal of Cross-cultural Competence and Management, or the Journal of Global Responsibility. She also writes for practitioner outlets such as Financial Times, various publications of the Center for Creative Leadership, and the German Magazine of Personnel Leadership (Personalführung). Gina is a member of member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), the Academy of Management (AoM), European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP), and the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP).

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Bert De Coutere

Bert De Coutere

Solutions Architect
Center for Creative Leadership EMEA

Experience

Bert's professional life is all about competent people. He thinks, publishes, consults, designs and sets up learning and development projects for corporations. His areas of expertise include technology enhanced learning and leadership development.

Bert has been active in the field of corporate learning and e-learning for the last 12 years, first as instructor and course designer, later as project manager, consultant and business development manager. He worked at IBM Learning Development Europe where he was responsible for commercial e-learning development projects across Europe, and the management of the learning innovation initiatives. Recently he joined the Center for Creative Leadership as a solution architect, designing custom leadership development experiences. He worked with clients such as Maersk, FOD Financiën, Nationwide, La Poste, ING, Rhodia, Unilever, PMI, European Union, Shell, etc.

Bert wrote the book 'Homo Competens — Let's talk about competent people in the network age', frequently speaks at conferences such as Online Educa Berlin and blogs at homocompetens.blogspot.com.

Current Role

Bert is currently Solutions Architect in the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) EMEA office. In his role he designs customized leadership interventions and programs for clients and bring these designs to fruition based on CCL's solution architecture portfolio.

Educational Background

Bert holds a degree as Commercial Engineer in Information Management (KULeuven) and an Executive MBA title from the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School.

Languages

Bert's working languages are English, Dutch and French.

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Clemson G. Turregano

Clemson G. Turregano

Leadership Portfolio Director
Center for Creative Leadership EMEA

Industry Experience

Clemson's roles within CCL provide him the opportunity to work with numerous commercial, public, and non-government agencies, offering a variety of leadership development and coaching programs. Commercial programs include major automotive manufacturers, broadcast networks, defense manufacturers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, school boards and universities across the globe. His experience includes working with national and international public agencies across the spectrums of foreign relations, defense, education, intelligence, and humanitarian aid.

Prior to joining CCL, Clemson served in a global capacity as a strategic planner and mentor. As the leader of a strategic planning team, Clemson developed international agreements, created organizational training and partnership programs, and mentored senior government officials. Before this he was a practicing scholar, teaching strategic leadership to senior government and corporate officials. His broad range of knowledge is heavily influenced by his background in public administration, his four years as CCL's Director for Government Programs, and his experience as a CCL Coaching Practice Leader.

Current Role

Serving currently as the Leadership Portfolio Director for the EMEA region, Clemson is responsible for the full spectrum of CCL's Leadership Solutions, including coaching and senior level organizational solutions. Leading a diverse international team of faculty, coaches, and associates, the EMEA team leverages the unique abilities of CCL research, content, client outcomes, and strength of faculty to deliver a wide variety of leadership development experiences.

Educational Background

Clemson's undergraduate degree is from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He earned his Masters Degree in Political Science, MPA, and Doctorate from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He also earned a Masters in Security and Strategy from the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Publications and Professional Affiliations

Clemson has published extensively on leadership in an international context and his current research involves best leadership practices across the commercial and international public service sector. CCL recently published his guidebook on Delegation. Clemson is an CCL-approved Executive Coach, certified in CCL-proprietary 360-degree assessments as well as many other psychometric assessment instruments.

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Paul Galante

Paul Galante

OL Practice Leader
Center for Creative Leadership EMEA

Experience

Paul is Faculty and Coach for Organizational Leadership interventions, Open Enrolment and Custom Programmes. He has facilitated CCL's MLP, LDP and Advancing Global Leadership programmes. He has worked with a number of CCL clients including Sodexo, AG Insurance, Fortis, CIBA, Philips, SNCF, Sanofi, EADS, and Wihl.Willemsen.

Current Role

Paul serves as the Practice Leader for Organizational Leadership for the Center for Creative Leadership® in the EMEA region. Paul has 30 years' experience of shaping and leading consulting assignments at senior levels, with a special focus on business strategy, transformation and organizational change throughout Europe and North America.

As the Organizational Leadership Practice Leader, Paul leads CCL EMEA in developing the practice, interface with clients, support the CCL OL practitioners in executing client assignments, and is a key CCL thought leader through providing organizational insight from the European perspective. His expertise includes leadership culture change, leadership development, talent systems, organizational design, and strategic communications.

Educational Background

Paul is of French and Italian extraction, educated in the U.K. and U.S., and is based in Brussels, Belgium. He is fluent in English, French, and Italian and has a working knowledge of Spanish. His academic background includes a BSc in Chemistry from the University of London, an MBA from UCLA, and a post-graduate certificate in Organizational Psychology from Northcentral University. He is also certified to use a number of psychometric instruments and assessment tools.

Professional Affiliations

Prior to joining CCL, Paul founded his own boutique consulting group, after being a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers based in London, designing and implementing strategic change projects across Europe. Previously, he held management positions in a number of multinationals in the professional services sector. His work experience also includes being in the leadership team of an international, family-owned stationery manufacturing business.

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