Description of Speaking Topics

Selecting Your Next C-Suite Leaders

The recruitment and retention of high performance C-Suite leaders are two of the most important human resource issues facing organizations today. The search for talent has become a global phenomenon with organizations competing for the best and the brightest. Arthur Giacalone, Ph.D., will discuss a four step, competency-based selection process that can significantly increase successful executive hires by an estimated seven times over traditional hiring practices.

Participants will be introduced to evidence-based selection practices that can produce real organizational benefits which include:

Empowerment and confidence in a state-of-the-art C-Suite selection process
Provide accountability in maintaining costs in recruitment & selection of senior executives
Significantly increase the probability of selecting a candidate who is the “best fit” for the organizational culture and job
Improve retention of top C-Suite performers
Enhance already existing Human Resources hiring practices

Executive OnBoarding
Guidelines for Integrating New Leadership

OnBoarding is a focused process of integrating a senior-level executive into a company thereby increasing the probability that the new employee will succeed in their job as soon as possible. There is evidence to suggest that new leaders need four months to become fully functional (but not necessarily productive) in their jobs. It can take as long as 6.2 months for a new executive hire to reach a break-even point to defray the costs to the company for their recruitment and selection. Moreover, it is estimated that 90% of new employees make their decision to stay with their employer within the first six months on the job. It could take as little as one month for a new hire to determine whether they are being well received by their direct reports, peers and cohorts.

These important considerations make it imperative that companies optimize succession planning through the implementation of effective OnBoarding processes, integration exercises and executive coaching. The planned reception of new executive talent can lead to the early development of positive attitudes and beliefs toward an organization. The probability of a failed hire -- which can result in organizational costs as high as $2.7 million--is thereby significantly decreased.

In this talk, Dr. Giacalone will present why OnBoarding is so important to consider as an integral part of the executive selection process. A three part model of effective OnBoarding will be introduced to participants to demonstrate the truly proactive, “out of the gate” side of executive development.

The Mind & Body in Executive Peak Performance

Since the research on “flow” experiences in athletes in the 1980s, a significant amount of information is now available on what constitutes peak performance in both executive leaders and organizations. With the ever - increasing globalization of the economy, business and human talent, organizational leaders are being asked to perform under conditions of unprecedented complexity and stress. Is flow possible for contemporary executive leaders? Many of the leadership issues that executives encounter in themselves have to do primarily with the limitations of what has been referred to as the ‘ordinary mind.” During this address Dr. Arthur Giacalone will present the optimal mind/body states found in “exemplars” of peak performance and how these differ from individuals who are operating from a base of ordinary mind. Particular attention will be given to the role of emotional states, perception, thinking and belief systems and how these can be brought under conscious control through a variety of approaches associated with mental training. Introductory attentional and concentration skills will be presented as a way for participants to harness the energies of the body and mind, and to help cultivate their own capacity for authentic and extraordinary leadership and productivity.

The Assessment of Emotional Intelligence in Executive Hiring

Daniel Goleman first popularized the concept of Emotional Intelligence in his 1995 best-selling book of the same name. Since then, emotional intelligence has been recognized by consultants worldwide for the enhancing contributions it has made to a variety of disciplines such as psychology, business, and executive leadership development. In this introductory talk Dr. Giacalone will present some of the empirical findings regarding the competencies associated with emotional intelligence and how they can become part of an organization’s executive selection process. The application of emotional intelligence training in developing excellence in executive leadership and organizational effectiveness will also be discussed. Time will be reserved for participants to ask questions about the role of emotional intelligence in their own professional experience and development.

Presentations typically run approximately 1.5 hours, and up to 2.0 hours when short exercises are given to the participants and feedback is encouraged. Please note that all of the following presentations can be modified in length to meet your organizations’ time constraints.