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Unleash the Potential
of Executive Leaders

Solutions to surface, activate, and accelerate mid-level and future c-level leaders

The main goal of high-potential programs at this level is acceleration, growth, and preparing leaders for future senior strategic roles.

Unlike emerging or informal leaders in their early careers, leaders in the mid-stage of their career have already had plenty of opportunity to demonstrate the behaviors necessary for accelerated growth. The focus of any high-potential program at the mid to senior level should be on the degree to which an individual is consistently demonstrating leadership behaviors, and how ready he or she is to take on a new assignment at the next level. An assessment of readiness should consider contexts and imperatives relevant to your business.

DDI’s approach to unleashing the potential of mid- to senior-level leaders moves beyond identifying “hi-pos" or successors for your senior management team. To fully unleash individual potential, organizations must adopt a holistic approach that surfaces, activates, and accelerates individual potential.

Explore the following solutions for Executive Leaders:

Leadership Pipeline: Executive Leaders
Prepare for Success

DDI will work with you to assess the status of any current initiatives, determine your specific goals and objectives, and leverage our expert research and experience to offer suggestions and recommendations through:

Organizational Diagnostics
Get an objective review and scorecard of your current practices from a variety of formats including surveys, interviews, and focus groups.

Planning Workshops
All elements of your initiative—including communication, accountabilities, supporting skills, alignment with other systems, and metrics—are clearly mapped out and ready for execution.

Deliver Success

After you identify your goals and objectives, and are prepared to move forward, DDI will work with you to surface, activate, and accelerate leadership potential within your executive leader population.

Surface the Potential of Executive Leaders Surface the Potential of Executive Leaders

The key to surfacing potential is to focus on observed behaviors that suggest they are ready for accelerated growth.

Talent Scout Workshop
A workshop for HR managers, business leaders, stakeholders, or others you designate in the organization for whom you want to build their skills on surfacing talent. The Talent Scout Workshop can also help them explore and address unconscious biases that might influence their judgment and decisions. Using DDI’s leadership potential factors as a base, the workshop will help participants take a consistent and calibrated approach to identify individuals who offer the highest likely return on investment from development. This workshop can be delivered in half a day or in different formats.

Multi-rater approach to surface leadership potential
The Leadership Potential Inventory is a research-based online tool that measures current leadership performance and future leadership potential. The Inventory helps you accurately identify leaders with the potential to grow into increasingly complex leadership roles—the leaders who represent the best possible ROI for your development investments. The multi-rater approach to surfacing leadership potential provides insights that can reliably guide decisions on development and succession.

Nomination Discussions
DDI can bring objectivity and independence to your talent reviews and nomination process by facilitating sessions for you or by preparing your own teams (in HR or in business functions) to facilitate more effective and productive nomination discussions.

Activate the Potential of Executive Leaders Activate the Potential of Executive Leaders

The key to activating potential is to provide individuals with clear and direct feedback on their strengths and development areas related to core capabilities and future leadership contexts relevant to the organization.

Gain Deeper Insights with Simulations and Assessments
Leader3 Ready® is a realistic, virtual leadership assessment that makes it easier to get the intelligence you need about your mid-level leaders to emerging executives. It identifies the skills that leaders need to develop in order to take the next step, provides a realistic and engaging experience that mirrors the actual job role, and drives a laser focus on the development that matters most. DDI's Executive Focus Coaching is a highly personalized relationship that strengthens an executive’s performance through focused execution of organization, role, and individual career objectives. It will help retain top-performing executives by addressing individual career aspirations and giving leaders targeted support to overcome performance issues, and guidance for transitioning to more complex roles and challenging assignments.

Accelerate the Potential of Emerging Leaders  Accelerate the Potential of Executive Leaders

At this level, leaders must “get in the game" as soon as possible. Ideally this will be through real and relevant job assignments and experiences that expose them to new and different business challenges. Leaders at this level need to confront the transitional challenges that come with a move to more senior and strategic roles.

Development Guides
The Leader3 Ready® assessment provides individuals with insight in to their strengths and development areas and includes comprehensive development guides that inform and direct development priorities and actions. These development guides provide 70-20-10 development suggestions based on an individual’s assessment results.

Customized Accelerated Development
To achieve the goal of any high potential initiative, DDI strongly recommends a focused and accelerated development experience that balances individual and group development needs. The key is to prepare mid-level to senior leaders for the challenges of transition. An accelerated development experience will increase their awareness of their personal strengths and derailing risks; provide support from coaches, mentors, and peers; and create ongoing opportunities to learn from other mid-level leaders and share experiences. DDI draws on our extensive ecosystem of leadership development content and tools, including Business Impact Leadership®, to configure a powerful accelerated development experience.

The Strategic Leadership Experience
Strategic Leadership Experience® is an immersive development program to prepare mid-level leaders for the unique challenges and demands of moving into senior strategic leadership. It helps to determine which areas of development, in relation to the nine key leadership roles, are most critical for your senior teams while solving real-time business challenges. The experience provides personal insight through self-assessment tools, journaling, and peer feedback.

Measure Success

We know what your stakeholders need: proof of ROI. With our built-in, sustainability and online measurement tools, you’ll have the know-how and data to demonstrate both the leadership and business impact of all DDI solutions.

How Does This All Work Together?

DDI's solutions to plan for, deliver, and measure success are various components of a Learning Journey, a unique plan founded on the challenges facing your organization and integrated with ongoing initiatives. This sample Learning Journey represents one approach for senior-level leaders taking on a new strategic role. Let's work together to create a custom solution to unleash the potential of your executive leaders.

Sample Learning Journey: Executive Leaders
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