Category: Latest Posts

  • Versatile Leadership: The Polish Dilemma

    Rob’s keynote speech at a conference in Warsaw sponsored by the Polish business magazine, Puls Biznesu, reviewed the Leadership Versatility model along with data on Polish business leaders in the context of the country’s evolving economy. The data pinpointed a dilemma: Polish leaders are less versatile than their counterparts throughout Europe, yet the Polish economy […] More

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  • HBR blog: A Surprising Lesson about Caring Too Much

    Rob discusses a little-known fact about his favorite US President, Abraham Lincoln, to illustrate the dark side of caring too much for people and explain how to avoid the trap of overdoing your people skills by being self-honest about your underlying motivation. More

  • Fear Your Strengths, the 33 Voices Interview

    Rob Kaiser and Bob Kaplan discussed the dark side of a focus on strengths with Moe Abdou of 33 Voices. Moe, a big proponent of the strengths movement, encouraged entrepreneurs to heed Rob and Bob’s advice about the rest they need to know about strengths. Listen to the interview

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  • Strengths, an Unseen Enemy? The CCL Interview

    Rob Kaiser and Bob Kaplan break down the big ideas in in their new book for the world’s leading leadership training and development institution. The authors explain how the way leaders relate to their strengths can create blind spots that limit their versatility. Read the interview

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  • Dark Side Personality and Extreme Leader Behavior

    Early research on derailment identified “personality flaws” and “strengths overused” as key reasons why executives get fired. This study explored the link between the two, and found sizable relationships between the dark side personality traits measured by the Hogan Development Survey and strengths overused as measured by coworker ratings on the Leadership Versatility Index. More

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  • Why is the Leadership Industry Failing?

    Since 1996, the leadership training and development industry has exploded from $7B to nearly $14B in the U.S. In the same time, public confidence in leaders in all sectors has plummeted, and most companies worry they don’t have enough leadership talent. This conference session features thought leaders who help explain this paradox—and what to do about it. More

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  • New book; Fear Your Strengths

    Bob Kaplan and Rob Kaiser’s latest book explains to executives how to prevent turning strengths into weaknesses through overuse and become a versatile leader. More

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