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SinarEvan_75pxEvan Sinar, Ph.D., is DDI’s Chief Scientist and Vice President, Center for Analytics and Behavioral Research (CABER), a team of analytical specialists deploying its expertise globally across DDI’s solutions portfolio. Evan partners with client organizations to architect and execute analytics initiatives to demonstrate the impact of assessment and development programs on individual-level behavior change and organizational-level business objectives. Evan is the lead author on numerous major DDI research projects including High-Resolution Leadership and Global Leadership Forecast. He is a thought leader for DDI on topics such as leadership development, generational differences, social media, and pre-employment assessment, and he has authored over 60 professional presentations and publications. Evan has been recognized as a top worldwide influencer on leading-edge topics such as HR Analytics, Big Data, Internet of Things, and Data Visualization.

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Reclaiming human influence in the algorithmic era.
Posted: 8/22/2018 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D., and Mark Busine
An analysis of a half century’s worth of topics covered in the leading business publication shows that “management” is out, and “digital,” “diversity,” and “agile” are in.
Posted: 7/31/2018 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
Performance discussions are more than just a way to let an employee know how they’re doing. They’re also a way to recharge and grow a leader after failure.
Posted: 5/30/2018 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D. Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” inspired us to take a closer look at the way we develop our leaders.
Posted: 5/1/2018 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D., and Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
Research confirms that organizations which apply a talent growth mindset reap real benefits. Here's what sets these organizations apart.
Posted: 4/4/2018 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
These megatrends from the largest Global Leadership Forecast yet define the roadmap for leader readiness.
Posted: 2/12/2018 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
DDI's Leadership Databank shows what organizations need to do—and not do—when it comes to driving leadership agility.
Posted: 1/10/2018 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
Research from DDI’s Leadership Databank shows which practices are proven to optimize your leadership pipeline.
Posted: 9/14/2017 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
Learn why all leaders should take time to read Mary Meeker’s influential Internet Trends 2017 report.
Posted: 6/23/2017 by By Evan Sinar, Ph.D. and Jennifer Pesci-Kelly
“Flow” is the state of being totally immersed in an activity. Can leaders attain this state, too?
Posted: 3/31/2017 by By Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
Gain valuable insights about today’s leadership trends by participating in the world’s largest leadership survey of its kind.
Posted: 3/14/2017 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
Upgrade your Boss's Day gift to what your leader really wants this year.
Posted: 10/14/2016 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
Learn about the 5 early warning signs for leaders who make flawed decisions.
Posted: 9/20/2016 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
Which skills and personality traits are holding HR leaders back from greater success with analytics, and what functions will be their most promising partners along the way?
Posted: 7/29/2016 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D. and Rich Wellins, Ph.D.
What if you could spot the DNA of a great leader? With the right data, you can – so why are so many businesses struggling with analytics?
Posted: 7/22/2016 by Rich Wellins, Ph.D. and Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
Learn the talent implications from the world’s most influential technology report.
Posted: 6/17/2016 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D. and Jennifer Pesci-Kelly
Information visualization has emerged as the linchpin leadership skill between business complexity and compelling messaging.
Posted: 4/13/2016 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
Look for the skills not at the function. Expand your candidate search beyond the go-to pools.
Posted: 2/5/2016 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
The “form” of leadership follows function. Find out where (in which division or functional group) leader-ready competencies are hiding.
Posted: 1/26/2016 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
Without trusted, data-savvy leaders, applying the Internet of Things to the workplace will crush employee morale.
Posted: 12/9/2015 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
When presenting analytics, tell a story. Your audience wants more than an ending; they want characters, conflict, and an engrossing plot.
Posted: 12/2/2015 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
Does growing leaders internally result in higher leadership success rates? And how are the most successful internally focused organizations making it work?
Posted: 11/10/2015 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
Talent analytics are well-recognized as an input to HR success—but what’s the output? What are the outcomes/returns from getting it right?
Posted: 10/13/2015 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
Sometimes connections with outside mentors are more valuable than internal coaches. Learn which situations are ideal for external mentors.
Posted: 8/25/2015 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
Some developmental assignments are more beneficial for the leader and effective for the organization, while others are a total waste of time.
Posted: 7/23/2015 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
Drawing from senior leaders, we offer five tips to ensure you aren’t failing your business partners.
Posted: 7/7/2015 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
The idea of a “critical learning period” most often relates to mastering a second language. But there’s also a critical period for leadership learning.
Posted: 6/9/2015 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
While the high-potential pool may seem enticing, the waters are often fraught with turbulence. Read why many candidates sink—not swim.
Posted: 4/14/2015 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
Not just numbers. When we consider the words around talent data, we unleash the real power of analytics.
Posted: 3/20/2015 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
Companies excelling in development across all leader levels are (much) more financially successful.
Posted: 3/5/2015 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
Global leaders wish they had more confidence in HR’s career pathing efforts. Read what they’ll need to keep the faith.
Posted: 2/13/2015 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
There are a number of actions organizations can take to increase career pathing clarity among leaders. Read about the 5 keys to success.
Posted: 2/4/2015 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
How risky is your business? The answer lies in the question: How many critical leadership roles could be filled today—with internal candidates?
Posted: 11/10/2014 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
When leaders need coaching and clarity, the last person they ask is their boss.
Posted: 5/28/2014 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
To understand the implications of a VUCA-laden reality for strategic leaders, we looked at where and how they are likely to struggle.
Posted: 10/31/2013 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
How much will it cost if you neglect developing leaders’ global leadership skills? There’s the potential for internal conflict within their work teams, the potential damage to your brand or reputation, not to mention the risk of losing revenue or clients.
Posted: 10/16/2013 by Stephanie Neal and Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
A new generation of cognitive testing instruments are available that remedy many of the old limitations and offer exciting advantages.
Posted: 6/6/2013 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
The flexibility of online screening, if not carefully monitored and managed, can be an unrecognized source of legal risk in at least two ways.
Posted: 9/21/2012 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
Problems can emerge when online screening criteria are based solely on conventional qualifications—job experience or industry knowledge.
Posted: 9/18/2012 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
While online screening information can prioritize candidates, its low level of predictive accuracy precludes its use for decision making.
Posted: 9/12/2012 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
For online screening to meet intended objectives—improve quality of hire and increase process efficiency—users must proceed with care.
Posted: 9/10/2012 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
Story-tellers in all arenas share common obstacles, but the use of these time-tested techniques can dramatically increase the impact and memorability of the finished work, particularly when applied to data-heavy and business topics that can otherwise appear dry and lifeless.
Posted: 8/8/2011 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
The latest: Technology is changing how employment tests are administered, while online tools are providing greater reach and convenience.
Posted: 4/12/2011 by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.
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