“Face time.” If you were reading hard-copy business magazines twenty years ago, you'll likely remember articles urging you to actively seek out and spend quality, one-on-one “face time” with your manager or employees. It’s a fact: collaborative conversations and personal feedback sessions were vitally important between boss and employee, and among team members and colleagues, to build strong relationships in the workplace.
Diversity is more than the inherent traits we’re born with: sexual orientation, gender, and ethnicity. Diversity also includes experiences that shape the way we view the world: the neighborhood we grew up in, a foreign assignment, work in another industry, or several months traveling or doing volunteer work.
As the economy strengthens, many organizations are coming to grips with leadership challenges – and, specifically, the need to more quickly develop a deeper bench of future leaders. The unrelenting war for talent and the pace of Baby Boomer retirement patterns are two of the issues fueling the leadership imperatives at many organizations.