Blog 2017-07-24T14:19:09+00:00

Stop Remote Control Manufacturing Management

December 4th, 2017|0 Comments

The process of running a modern manufacturing company has changed dramatically since 1980.  Gone are the days when senior executives could hone their management skills through [...]

Illusion-Based Leadership

November 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

In 1923, a singular technological invention by Vladimir Kosma Zworykin, a Russian scientist, forever changed the face of society.  This same invention may have contributed to [...]

Computers are NOT the Only Way to Communicate

November 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Have you noticed that more people are "visually glued" to their computers more than ever?   Perhaps you have also noticed that many manufacturing and distribution company [...]

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Helping Manufacturing Meet Its Goals: Leadership Development Principles Part 2

October 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Helping Manufacturing Meet Its Goals: Leadership Development Principles Part 2 For Part 1 of this series, click here. Recently, I have had the opportunity to share [...]

Helping Manufacturing Meet Its Goals: Leadership Development Principles Part 1

October 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Recently, I have had the opportunity to share research on Leadership Development that GDI Talent Acquisition Practice has conducted over the last few months. We have [...]

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What We Look For In Top Job Seekers: Passion

October 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

The mission at GDI Talent Acquisition Practice is to be a “trusted and essential resource, and client and candidate partner in the talent acquisition process.” Many [...]

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What We Look For In Top Job Seekers: Change Management

September 29th, 2017|0 Comments

The mission at GDI Talent Acquisition Practice is to be a “trusted and essential resource, and client and candidate partner in the talent acquisition process.” Many [...]

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What We Look For In Top Job Seekers: Conflict Management

September 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

The mission at GDI Talent Acquisition Practice is to be a “trusted and essential resource, and client and candidate partner in the talent acquisition process.” Many [...]

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What We Look For In Top Job Seekers: People Development

September 11th, 2017|0 Comments

What We Look For In Top Job Seekers: People Development The mission at GDI Talent Acquisition Practice is to be a “trusted and essential resource, and [...]

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What We Look For In Top Job Seekers: Emotional Intelligence

August 30th, 2017|0 Comments

The mission at GDI Talent Acquisition Practice is to be a “trusted and essential resource, and client and candidate partner in the talent acquisition process.” Many [...]

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What We Look For In Top Job Seekers: Curiosity, Imagination, and Creativity

August 15th, 2017|0 Comments

The mission at GDI Talent Acquisition Practice is to be a “trusted and essential resource, and client and candidate partner in the talent acquisition process.” Many [...]

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What We Look For In Top Job Seekers: Personal Initiative

August 9th, 2017|0 Comments

The mission at GDI Talent Acquisition Practice is to be a “trusted and essential resource, and client and candidate partner in the talent acquisition process.” Many [...]

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What We Look For In Top Job Seekers: Communication Skills

August 4th, 2017|0 Comments

The mission at GDI Talent Acquisition Practice is to be a “trusted and essential resource, and client and candidate partner in the talent acquisition process.” Many recruiting [...]

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What We Look For In Top Job Seekers: Critical Thinking

July 25th, 2017|0 Comments

The mission at GDI Talent Acquisition Practice is to be a “trusted and essential resource, and client and candidate partner in the talent acquisition process.” Many [...]

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What We Look For In Top Job Seekers: Technical Competency

July 19th, 2017|0 Comments

The mission at GDI Talent Acquisition Practice is to be a “trusted and essential resource, and client and candidate partner in the talent acquisition process.” Many [...]

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The 10 Principles of Leadership Development

July 17th, 2017|1 Comment

As the manufacturing industry continues to become more and more complex, the need for talented manufacturing leadership remains the same. Nothing is more critical to any [...]

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The Importance of Reflection for Leader Self-Development: Part 2

June 19th, 2017|0 Comments

In Part 1 of “The Importance of Reflection for Leader Self-Development,” we established the need for leader self-development and what specific things someone can do to [...]

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The Importance of Reflection for Leader Self-Development: Part 1

June 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Leader self-development is critical component for the capacity of leaders to adapt to the ever-changing and complex manufacturing industry. Few individuals in organizations receive formal leader development [...]

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Retained vs. Contingent Recruiting

June 14th, 2017|0 Comments

One of the fundamental reasons for using an executive search firm is simple- most of the best prospective job candidates are sufficiently comfortable in their current [...]

Challenge Employees to Increase Engagement

June 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Gallup recently released their 2017 “State of the American Workplace” report, and the statistics presented are deplorable. One number alone indicates that less than 33% of [...]

Leadership Lessons: Known

May 18th, 2017|0 Comments

The second entry in my leadership lessons from books comes from Known by Mark W. Schaefer. Mr. Schaefer is an alumnus of Claremont Graduate University, where [...]

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Leadership Lessons: Crucial Conversations

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

In addition to the recruiting I do for GDI Talent Acquisition Practice I also coach executives and mentor students at my alma mater. The individuals that [...]

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Painting as a Metaphor for Leadership Part 2

May 15th, 2017|0 Comments

This is the second entry in my Painting as a Metaphor for Leadership blog series. For Part 1, click here. I recently attended another Paint & [...]

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How to Better Communicate with Others

May 4th, 2017|0 Comments

My company, GDI Talent Acquisition Practice, has identified several critical competencies and personal characteristics of strong leaders. In terms of leadership skills, communication skills are often [...]

How do you Spot a Good Leader?

April 19th, 2017|0 Comments

My work as a management consultant has provided me the opportunity to meet many leaders. Some very good leaders and some not so good leaders. Here [...]

Job Seekers – Stop Hurting Your Chances in Landing an Interview

April 19th, 2017|0 Comments

This past weekend I posted a tongue-in-cheek photo to my personal Facebook page (the one featured on this blog). While funny, I don’t believe the message to [...]

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Leaders Need More Empathy

April 13th, 2017|0 Comments

New research published by Development Dimensions International (2016 High Resolution Leadership Report) suggests that empathy is now one of the leading indicators of leadership performance. “Overwhelmingly, [...]

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How to Assess “Cultural Fit”

April 5th, 2017|0 Comments

As Executive Search Professionals, GDI Talent Acquisition Practice works with clients to find talented individuals who not only have the right skillset and background, but individuals [...]

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Painting as a Metaphor for Leadership

March 29th, 2017|0 Comments

I recently attended a Paint and Sip class with a close friend of mine. What originally began as a nice birthday gift, quickly became a powerful lesson in leadership. [...]

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How to Overcome Interviewer Bias

March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Many of our clients have come to us for advice on how to improve their own internal hiring processes.  "Our Recruiters keep pushing forward unqualified candidates or [...]

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The Value of Mentoring

March 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Starting this past January, I have been mentoring two college students from my Alma Mater.  It has been a very rewarding experience.  As I document my [...]

Superior Talent Acquisition

December 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Introducing the Definitive Guide for Hiring the Right People A New Book from Alan G. Dunn Have you ever hired a new team member whose job [...]