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2014

  1. BoardAsia Newsletter

    April 2014 | Periodical

    Major news covered in this issue includes details of the launch of The Conference Board CEO Challenge Report® and an overview of the Future India Leadership Un-conference.

  2. CEO Challenges in the Gulf Region

    April 2014 | CEO Challenge®

    CEOs in the Gulf region reported a significantly different set of priorities than did CEOs globally, with strategies that reflect the particular business challenges of a resource-rich, energy-dependent region.

  3. How Well Do Corporate Directors Know Senior Management?

    March 2014 | Director Notes

    Companies can improve the quality of their CEO succession and internal talent development programs by fostering regular formal and informal interaction between directors and senior management.

  4. Future ASEAN Leader: Leading Growth and Change in a Borderless World

    March 2014 | Research Report

    This groundbreaking report presents insights, concerns, and opinions of participants in the ASEAN Leadership 2.0 Project on what it will take to lead business in the ASEAN region going forward.

  5. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2014: People and Performance

    January 2014 | CEO Challenge®

    While CEOs see talent as the critical link in meeting their top business challenges, the 2014 CEO Challenge survey results show a heightened focus on customers and reputation and less concern about regulation and external risk.

2013

  1. Developing Leaders: Voices from India

    December 2013 | Research Report

    Leadership development is more critical than ever—and some companies have cracked the code. Learn what top companies in India are doing now to prepare tomorrow’s leaders.

  2. Board Asia Newsletter

    December 2013 | Periodical

    Major news covered in this issue includes details of the launch of The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for India and the ASEAN Leadership 2.0 project, an ongoing dialogue on leadership issues.

  3. Are Indian and Chinese Leaders Up to the Job?

    October 2013 | The Conference Board Review

    Economic growth in China and India depends on the quality of companies' senior leaders. DDI's Rich Wellins argues that those leaders have too high an opinion of their own abilities.

  4. How Teleworking Works Best: A Practical Guide for Managing Teleworkers

    October 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Successful managers of teleworkers are those who have learned to manage the work and not the workers, quantify deliverables and not hours at a desk, and communicate regularly and mindfully with all workers.

  5. Women's Leadership Conference KeyNotes Report

    September 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    Corporations and society continue to struggle with the issue of women’s leadership, as the recent scrutiny of women’s work/life choices demonstrates. How can women and companies best address this concern?

  6. DNA of Leaders: Leadership Development Secrets

    August 2013 | Research Report

    We define the common characteristics of successful leadership development and 23 values that are part of the DNA of leadership development at the “best companies for leadership.”

  7. Board Asia Newsletter

    August 2013 | Periodical

    Quarter Two-Three 2013

  8. Good Leaders, Bad Leaders: A Q&A with Bob Lutz

    July 2013 | The Conference Board Review

    Longtime top auto executive Bob Lutz speaks about the effectiveness and personalities of a dozen CEOs and other leaders.

  9. HR: You're Doing It Wrong: Is Your HR Leader a Glorified Administrative Assistant?

    July 2013 | The Conference Board Review

    Columnist Laurie Ruettimann argues that in too many companies, HR is a compliance-driven function that attracts candidates who are too qualified to work as administrative assistants but not qualified enough to go to law school.

  10. 2013 Leadership Development Conference KeyNotes Report

    July 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    As the nature of corporate competition changes, it is more important than ever to develop leaders who are capable of innovation.

  11. Strategic Leadership Development: Global Trends and Approaches

    June 2013 | Research Report

    The view of current global practices in leadership development and in-depth analysis of different regional leadership development approaches this report provides can help organizations improve their leadership development initiatives.

  12. Fast Track: Accelerating the Leadership Development of High Potentials in Asia

    June 2013 | Research Report

    A combination of demographics, education, and hyperinvestment means companies across Asia struggle to fill their management ranks. The report explores leadership characteristics, development approaches, and elements for overcoming the struggle.

  13. Best Practices for Developing Change Leadership in Turbulent Times

    May 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Leaders in charge of businesses affected by Hurricane Katrina share how they led through the crisis and how these methods can be translated to planned initiatives for change in organizations.

  14. 2013 Executive Coaching Conference KeyNotes Report

    May 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    If companies truly want leverage their human capital to grow their organizations, they should consider coaching employees at all levels.

  15. 2013 Customer Experience Leadership Conference KeyNotes Report

    April 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    Social media may have changed the retail experience, but digital technology has given companies tools for coping with and capitalizing on that change.

  16. Communicating Sustainability Leadership The Difficulty of Achieving Differentiation

    April 2013 | Director Notes

    The overall decline in perceived performance of sustainability initiatives for two-thirds of companies in a recent study may be the result of rising skepticism about the benefits of sustainability programs.

  17. 2012 Future Leaders Conference KeyNotes Report

    April 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    Your enterprise is only as valuable as your employees, so it is imperative that you prepare leaders for the future.

  18. 2012 Onboarding Leadership Conference KeyNotes Report

    March 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    For onboarding to work, it needs to be more thorough than a mere orientation and paced to match the minds and moods of employees.

  19. Bar Is Rising on Sustainability Leadership

    January 2013 | Director Notes

    In a reflection of ongoing corporate efforts to define and achieve sustainability goals, real performance on sustainability is rising. On the other hand, stakeholders’ perceptions about organizations’ performance are declining.

  20. Part-Time Executive

    January 2013 | The Conference Board Review

    Many top executives, particularly in Europe, are working less and accomplishing more.

  21. Will Your People Be Ready? Top executives reveal how they are addressing today's meteoric pace of change.

    January 2013 | The Conference Board Review

    Two dozen top executives discuss how they're managing their people to deal with the increasing rate of change.

2012

  1. Executive Coaching Survey: 2012 Edition

    December 2012 | Research Report

    Executives who manage coaching practices can benchmark their own organizations against the responses of the 162 respondent companies in this survey; the report looks at internal and external coaching practices.

  2. Charting a Path to Sustainability Leadership

    November 2012 | Director Notes

    This report looks at the potential benefits of demonstrating good environmental, social, and governance performance and discusses five traits of companies that excel in the operational and communication dimensions of sustainability.

  3. Marketing Monster: When executives begin to believe their own hype.

    October 2012 | The Conference Board Review

    BP offers a cautionary tale about how a company can fall victim to its own deceptive empowerment marketing strategy. An excerpt from Jonah Sachs' book "Winning the Story Wars."

  4. Women’s Leadership Conference KeyNotes Report

    August 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    Having more women in leadership roles is a competitive advantage, but much of the potential represented by women’s talent remains unrealized.

  5. 2012 Leadership Development Conference KeyNotes Report

    July 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    The future is already here, but it is unevenly distributed. By 2021, everyone under 25 will be a digital native, and this new generation will require new practices of engagement.

  6. Disconnect: The company you think you're running is not the company for which your people work.

    July 2012 | The Conference Board Review

    CEOs rarely know much about how work actually gets done below the C-suite level.

  7. Nothing in Common: How to do business in a world of difference

    July 2012 | The Conference Board Review

    Understanding the ways and whys of people unlike yourself is key to winning and keeping customers, managing today’s workforce, and relating to the activists who have an increasingly influential voice in where and how a company does business.

  8. Theory to Practice: Management by Imitation

    July 2012 | The Conference Board Review

    Columnist Michael Raynor explains how a biography of a leader—even Steve Jobs—cannot serve as a good blueprint for one's own life.

  9. Who Leads? Who Follows?

    July 2012 | The Conference Board Review

    True authority is not granted by position or by statute. Rather, authority is bestowed by those who agree to be led. Today, leadership is not about achieving position. It is about creating followership.

  10. Workspace: The Five Types of Trust

    July 2012 | The Conference Board Review

    Columnist Alison Maitland explains how senior leaders can build credibility within and without organizations.

  11. Human Capital Challenges in Asia-Pacific, 2012–2013: Leadership Development and Succession Planning for the Global Leader

    June 2012 | Executive Action Report

    A closer look at the strategies effective companies use for leadership development and succession planning.

  12. 2012 Executive Coaching Conference KeyNotes Report

    June 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    For coaching efforts to succeed, they should be tied to leadership development programs and performance reviews. This step is especially important when developing high potentials, new managers, and young leaders.

  13. Senior HR Executive Conference KeyNotes Report

    June 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    As older workers are retiring and new technologies are emerging, many companies are having a difficult time filling jobs because job applicants and current employees often lack the necessary skills.

     

  14. 2012 Customer Experience Leadership Conference KeyNotes Report

    May 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    In an increasingly connected world, companies are in danger of overlooking the secret ingredient that makes for a good customer experience—the personal touch.

  15. Women on Boards: Review and Outlook

    May 2012 | Director Notes

    This report examines the prevalence of women directors in the Fortune 1000 and an additional 1,000 midcap companies and offers recommendations for boards looking to recruit women directors and for women interested in serving on boards.

  16. Where Do SWP Leaders Come From?

    February 2012 | Executive Action Report

    Conversations with strategic workforce planning (SWP) executives net insights about the skills and competencies needed to work in this field and the variety of paths that lead to careers as SWP leaders.

  17. Help Is Here: Today’s senior executive needs more than an assistant. He needs a chief of staff.

    January 2012 | The Conference Board Review

    Increasingly, senior corporate executives understand the value in creating the position of chief of staff.

2011

  1. 2011 Executive Coaching Summit KeyNotes Report

    December 2011 | Conference KeyNotes

    Corporations need to develop top talent that can provide global leadership. To meet these demands, organizations are using coaching to help their leaders achieve optimum performance.

  2. 2011 Future Leaders Conference KeyNotes Report

    December 2011 | Conference KeyNotes

    For companies to remain competitive, they will need to develop young leaders early in their careers.

  3. A Hero Lies in You: CEOs Talk about Heroes and Mentors

    November 2011 | Executive Action Report

    A series of interviews related to The Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2011 makes clear what is highest on the minds of CEOs. Here, they talk about the leaders who have inspired them—and who have served as cautionary figures.

  4. Strategic Workforce Planning Leader's Bookshelf

    November 2011 | Research Report

    This report briefly describes more than 40 books and articles, and includes brief summaries and information on the topics covered including their level of complexity.

  5. Human Capital in Asia-Pacific, 2011-2013

    October 2011 | Executive Action Report

    Rapid growth in the Asia-Pacific region means that companies there are facing challenges in leadership development, talent acquisition, and retention.

  6. A Closer Look: Reassessing executives' value in a changing economy

    October 2011 | The Conference Board Review

    In this rocky economic landscape, those responsible for assessing and valuing C-suite talent are assessing candidates with fresh eyes.

  7. Engaging Business Leaders in Strategic Workforce Planning: A Guide to Effective Conversations

    July 2011 | Executive Action Report

    This guide includes basic questions to drive the initial conversation between the strategic workforce planning (SWP) leader and business leaders.

  8. It’s about Trust and Training: Examining Your Organization’s Internal Coaching Practice

    June 2011 | Executive Action Report

    This report discusses ways in which an internal coaching program can provide a cost-effective approach for developing talent, as well as the potential obstacles to success posed by issues of training and trust.

  9. Leading Outside—and Inside—the Lines

    June 2011 | Executive Action Report

    Drawing on the work of Jon R. Katzenbach and Zia Khan, this Mid-Market Conversation Starter suggests ways in which informal networks can help address business problems.

  10. Sleepless in Delhi: What Keeps Indian HR Executives Awake at Night?

    June 2011 | Executive Action Report

    India presents unique business challenges, challenges that a number of human resource executives in India were happy to discuss with The Conference Board.

  11. HR: You're Doing It Wrong: Looking for Leaders

    April 2011 | The Conference Board Review

    Not enough HR professionals or senior executives are challenging the status quo by asking whether there really is a skills gap and a leadership deficiency in the global workforce.

  12. Watch What You Say!

    January 2011 | The Conference Board Review

    Business talk communicates less than you want—and more than you mean.

2010

  1. Good Execution Isn't Just Stuff Leaders Delegate

    December 2010 | Executive Action Report

    Many CEOs rate consistent execution of their firms' strategic objectives as a major concern. This report examines five critical requirements for good execution that can help CEOs achieve the results they expect.

  2. Does Your Company Encourage Good Followership?

    November 2010 | Executive Action Report

    It may no longer be an insult to be called a great follower. What can organizations do to foster the right attitudes and skills?

  3. Leadership as Performance Art

    November 2010 | Executive Action Report

    While acting skills are sometimes useful for leaders of companies, there can be no excuse for dissembling on important cultural values.

  4. Go Where There Be Dragons

    October 2010 | Council Perspectives

    This report draws from the wisdom of 100+ executives on seven of The Conference Board Councils in Europe, the United States and Asia to define the global forces that are redefining the structure of leadership.

  5. Closing the Gender Gap: A European Perspective on New Approaches to Women’s Leadership

    September 2010 | Executive Action Report

    Women account for only about 10 percent of board directors in Europe’s top 300 companies and more than two-thirds of the 101 largest firms have no women on their executive committees. With voluntary measures to close the gender gap making little progress,

  6. Board Leadership Structure

    August 2010 | Director Notes

    This Director Notes is the second in a series of four studies developed in collaboration with Davis Polk & Wardwell to provide guidelines and examples to member companies of The Conference Board on emerging practices following the SEC enhanced disclosure

  7. Mind the Gap: Overcoming Organisational Barriers to Develop Inclusive Leaders

    August 2010 | Council Perspectives

    This report looks at the challenges Diversity and Inclusion (D&I),Talent Management, and Leadership Development professionals face in creating a corporate culture that embraces D&I as a core leadership trait, one that permeates functions and business unit

  8. 2010 Executive Coaching Survey

    March 2010 | Research Report

    This survey by The Conference Board Council on Executive Coaching focuses on external coaching practices as well as the growing use of internal coaching

2009

  1. Mission Accomplished? What Every Leader Should Know about Survivor Syndrome

    June 2009 | Executive Action Report

    This Executive Action report explores the concept of "survivor syndrome," how it materializes, and what to do about it.

  2. A Leadership Prescription for the Future of Quality

    May 2009 | Research Report

    This report, created by The Conference Board Quality Council, looks at the future role of quality throughout the enterprise.

  3. A Leadership Prescription for the Future of Quality

    May 2009 | Council Perspectives

    This report, created by The Conference Board Quality Council, looks at the future role of quality throughout the enterprise.

2008

  1. Ready to Innovate: Are Educators and Executives Aligned on the Creative Readiness of the U.S. Workforce?

    October 2008 | Research Report

    Although educators and employers agree that creativity is critical for success in the workplace, and arts training helps develop it, few of them make a serious commitment to such training.

  2. Promoted to Fail? How Executive Coaching Can Improve Performance in Newly Promoted Executives

    September 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Executive coaching can facilitate a manager’s transition into a position with corporate-wide responsibilities, provided the coaching gives the manager awareness of the position’s complexity and the skills to address them.

  3. Leadership, Governance, and Accountability: A Pathway to a Diverse and Inclusive Organization

    August 2008 | Research Report

    Diversity is not just about hiring people who are different, but about linking their perspectives with business strategy for competitive advantage.

  4. 2008 Executive Coaching Fee Survey

    August 2008 | Research Report

    The executive coaching industry remains healthy, is growing globally, and is moving toward increased standardization. It also commands top dollar.

  5. 2008 Executive Coaching Fee Survey

    August 2008 | Council Perspectives

    This report offers an analysis of the rates organizations pay for executive coaching services.

  6. Women's Leadership: Revitalizing Women’s Initiatives

    July 2008 | Executive Action Report

    There are suggestions that women's advancement in corporate America has plateaued or even slipped in recent years. But many companies remain committed to initiatives designed to support women’s careers.

  7. HR Challenge: Staffing Up to Expand Overseas

    April 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Branching into foreign markets is not impossible for smaller companies, if they minimize the use of American ex-pats and tap into local talent, requiring research, partnerships, and pinpointing leadership potential.

  8. Ready to Innovate: Are Educators and Executives Aligned on the Creative Readiness of the U.S. Workforce?

    March 2008 | Key Findings

    This report provides the results of surveyed public school superintendents and American business executives (employers) asked to identify and compare their views surrounding creativity.

  9. How CEOs Turn Themselves (and Others) into True Leaders

    February 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Interviews with six mid-market CEOs suggest that smaller companies need to be more aware of the cultural attitudes and values affecting their ability to attract, retain, and develop talented employees.

2007

  1. Where Are the Women Directors?

    September 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Women are everywhere in corporate America — except on boards. Here's how to change that.

  2. Growing Globally in an Age of Disruptions — How India's Top Companies Are Meeting the Challenge

    July 2007 | Executive Action Report

    To compete effectively, Indian companies need strong and involved leadership, cross-cultural understanding and values, and a commitment to long-term, world-class corporate governance.

  3. Women and Leadership: Creating Opportunities for Advancement

    June 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Women can advance in the workforce only if companies are more aggressive in promoting them to leadership positions—and women take advantage of increased
    opportunities.

  4. Becoming Skilled at Painting with Two Brushes

    March 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Asian and Western companies differ in cultural approaches to talent development, but both can benefit from long-term international assignments and participation in international cross-functional teams.

  5. How to Make Executive Coaching Work for Your Company and Executives

    February 2007 | Executive Action Report

    With demand growing for executive coaching services, successful programs enhance the skills of key future leaders and align performance to meet the needs of business.

2006

  1. Toward a Framework for Supply Chain Leadership

    December 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Supply chain leadership (SCL) has been largely a learn-as-you-go endeavor, with many companies learning the same lessons over and over again.

  2. Leadership Challenges for Indian Companies

    October 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Tomorrow's Indian business leaders must be master strategists, able to manage change as well as relationships and networks, and perhaps most importantly demonstrate the ability to develop new leaders.

  3. Global Talent Management: How Businesses Attract, Develop, and Retain the Best

    September 2006 | Executive Action Report

    To excel at talent management, companies must: make talent management a priority; walk the talk, have a talent identification process; be uncompromising; and coach high potential talent.

  4. Growing the New Business Leader

    September 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Many companies are good at determining today’s leadership needs, but they aren’t anticipating their requirements three or four years down the road, let alone for the next decades.

  5. Women of Color: Strategies for Leadership Success

    June 2006 | Executive Action Report

    While high-level women of color encounter many of the same gender stereotypes as senior white female executives, they also face unique challenges that can be overcome by networking and planning.

  6. Maximizing Rotational Assignments: A Handbook for Human Resources Executives

    June 2006 | Research Report

    This handbook explores the dynamics at play in identifying and executing business unit, geographic, and staff-line rotations.

  7. Leadership Development in Asia-Pacific: Identifying and Developing Leaders for Growth

    March 2006 | Research Report

    This report is based on The Conference Board Working Group on Leadership Development in Asia-Pacific, a survey of 55 organizations, and The 2005 Asia-Pacific Leadership Development Conference held in June 2005.

  8. What Do We Really Know about Effective Leadership in Change Management?

    January 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Despite extensive research over the last fifty years, there is still not a clear view of what it takes to be an effective leader in an organization.

2005

  1. Developing Global Leaders

    November 2005 | Research Report

    Developing global business leaders is as complex as the world in which they work and requires a top-down corporate commitment to training, feedback, and balancing individuals’ goals with business needs.

  2. Managing Talent in Asia: Leadership Challenges in a Time of Transition

    October 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Regional dynamics and differences require firms to manage their organizations flexibly and adjust their approaches to talent management and leadership development to compete effectively in the Asia-Pacific marketplace.

  3. Women in Leadership: The Diversity Imperative—Supporting Actions for Change

    August 2005 | Executive Action Report

    There are considerable gender gaps in employment status, pay levels, and career outlook in Europe despite roughly equal numbers of well-educated males and females. Are senior executives willing to take steps to correct the imbalance?

  4. Why Ethical Leaders Are Different

    May 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Ethical leaders understand that top leadership support of ethics programs, open debate, and institutional sustainability are crucial to effective decision-making.

  5. Why Organization Design Is Critical To Global Leadership Development

    April 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Effective organizational design that measures skills and enables career development is crucial for successful leadership development.

  6. Business Value of Leadership Development

    April 2005 | Research Report

    Through analysis and executive interviews with domestic and global companies, this report sheds light on key development issues facing leadership executives.

2004

  1. Unique Challenges of Developing World-Class Business Leaders in Asia Pacific

    September 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Although leadership development is a concern for CEOs worldwide, some of the challenges are exaggerated in the Asian Pacific context.

  2. Building Executive Coaching Capability That Delivers Business Results

    September 2004 | Executive Action Report

    The second part of a two piece report asks: Does coaching really work? Can the end result justify the financial means? (See Executive Action 112 for part one.)

  3. Making Over Leaders and Leadership Styles

    August 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Are the requirements of leadership changing? That is the question being asked as a new generation rises in the workplace.

  4. Women in Leadership: Putting Diversity Policies into Practice

    August 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Most large companies have diversity policies in place that include targets for recruiting and advancing more women into leadership roles, but they still face the challenges of implementing the policies successfully while growing their business.

  5. Evolving Role of the Board in CEO and “Back Bench” Senior Executive Succession

    July 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Boards of Directors are becoming more involved in overall management succession. How can they ensure that the right leaders are in place to steer the company to be lucrative and principled.

2002

  1. Emphasis on Developing Leaders: Despite Hard Times Companies View Leadership Development as a Priority

    September 2002 | Executive Action Report

    Even during corporate belt-tightening leadership development is a necessity, not a luxury.

  2. One Year After: The Leadership and Communication Dilemma of 9-11-02

    August 2002 | Executive Action Report

    For corporate leaders on the anniversary of 9/11, listening may become more important than speaking.

  3. Women in Leadership: A European Business Imperative

    July 2002 | Executive Action Report

    When an organization puts women in key leadership positions they become a magnet for talented women and men.

  4. Developing Business Leaders for 2010

    April 2002 | Research Report

    *NOTE:Some data has been corrected.* This study, based on extensive interview and survey data, addresses the efforts of leading-edge companies to develop the leadership strength they will need to ensure competitive success in the coming years.

2001

  1. Diversity Executive: Tasks, Competencies, and Strategies for Effective Leadership

    October 2001 | Research Report

    Seventy-one diversity executives, representing some of America's leading corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations, share best practices and recommendations on setting standards for effective diversity leadership.

1999

  1. Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership

    September 1999 | Research Report

    Based on the best practices of the winners of and exemplary candidates for the Ron Brown Award, 25 companies representing multiple approaches to employee support and corporate citizenship are presented.

  2. Future Organization: New Leadership and Employee Roles

    June 1999 | Research Report

    As traditional command-and-control management structures crumble in the dawning information era, companies are scrambling to build new organizational models.

  3. Concepts for the New Leadership

    February 1999 | Research Report

    Leadership in the twenty-first century will require very different abilities, not merely the same ones of today performed at a faster pace.

1998

  1. Bridging the Leadership Gap

    April 1998 | Research Report

    Does your company develop leaders properly? Here's a look at what members of the Fortune 1000 do.

1996

  1. Corporate Practices in Management Development

    August 1996 | Research Report

    Case studies and a survey examine the best practices of top management development executives.

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