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Ouch that Hurt! The Neurobiology of Feedback

February 7, 2016 by Ken Nowack

“Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.”   Franklin P. Jones We can all recall a time that a partner, family member, friend, or colleague gave us some well-intended feedback that seemed to really hurt. Most of the time, the intention of feedback is to convey […]




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Leadership Lessons Raising a Guide Dog: Saying Goodbye

January 31, 2016 by Ken Nowack

What’s my destiny, Momma? You’re gonna have to figure that out for yourself. Life is a box of chocolates, Forrest. You never know what you’re gonna get. Forrest Gump 1994 I feel like the proud parent sending their child off to college…..or leaving an organization for a new and hopefully better adventure…..For many, the experience […]




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Talent Development Facts #48

January 24, 2016 by Ken Nowack

“42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.” Steven Wright Another addition of leadership and talent management “facts” from all over the world. Some intuitive and some not….what do you think? 1.  Who you marry doesn’t affect just your happiness at home – your spouse can also play a major role in […]




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The Best Leaders….Follow

January 10, 2016 by Ken Nowack

“It’s easy to get good players. Getting them to play together, that’s the hard part.” Casey Stengel One of the things we have done for the last 20 years is to identify potential future leaders for organizations using developmental assessment centers1. The assessment centers are typically several days long and encompass a wide range of […]




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The Genetics of Leadership

December 20, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“Predictions are very difficult, especially when they are about the future” Yogi Berra Maybe not all of us “have the right stuff” to be leaders. It’s a lot more popular to subscribe to “leaders are made” versus “leaders are born” but perhaps both positions are right. What do we know about the genetics of leadership? […]




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Measuring Leadership Competence–The Coin Toss

November 15, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“Only three things happen naturally in organizations: friction, confusion, and underperformance. Everything else requires leadership.” Peter Drucker There is no debating that leaders make a difference on the retention, productivity and health of talent today. Our own research, using a proprietary management practices index used in employee engagement surveys in diverse industries, indicates that interpersonally […]




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I Bet You Thought This Blog Was About You

November 8, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you.” Unknown Do you know anyone that fits the description below? Narcissistic: Demonstrates impairments in personality functioning (either in excessive reference to others for self-esteem or goal setting based on gaining approval from others) and impairments in interpersonal functioning (impaired empathy or relationships largely superficial) […]




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Guide Dogs, Performance and Sleep: The “Morning” Advantage

July 19, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting.” Mark Twain Enzo, our latest guide dog puppy who is now doing his “undergraduate” work to become a working service dog for the blind has always been an early riser. As a result we tend to be getting less sleep than we would really like. Yes, raising a […]




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Talent Management Facts #46

May 17, 2015 by Ken Nowack

  “42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.” Steven Wright Another addition of leadership and talent management “facts” from all over the world. Some intuitive and some not….what do you think? 1. According to a new survey by Business Insider and News To Live By, a Gen Y Millennials continue to […]




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How to Enhance the Coaching Skills of Leaders

April 19, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. ” Albert Einstein Leaders are generally incompetent when it comes to coaching and developing talent. Here are a few findings from some past and recent studies and surveys that may (or may not) surprise you: 1. In her 2006 doctoral research on the impact of […]




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