2024 High Performer and High Potential Development Report

Executive Summary   Our 2024 High Performer and High Potential Development report offers a glimmer of hope but largely shows weak investment in those who contribute tremendous value. Our report presents both facts and analysis from the survey along with commentary and advice based on our consulting and…

The Success Model: What Your Executives Want you to Know

It’s the first morning of your new job. You’re excited because you’ve been selected to have coffee with the CEO to ask questions about the company. She has a reputation as being straightforward and a bit impatient, so you’ve thoroughly prepared for this conversation. The barista hands you…

The Worst Doctor at Harvard Medical School

Each year’s Harvard Medical School graduating class includes one doctor who is ranked at the bottom of their class. To be clear, this individual was the absolute worst performer in their four years at this highly esteemed institution. Every other Harvard Medical School graduate that year had performed…

The Accountability Ladder

We celebrate the progress that companies have made in talent management over the last 15 years. CEOs and Boards now better understand the value of high quality talent. CHROs have built-out talent practices and the talent-building capabilities of their HR team. Yet despite that progress, even the most…

CHRO Trends 2024 Report

By Zac Upchurch, Chief Operating Officer, Talent Strategy Group Welcome to the seventh edition of this Chief Human Resources Officer report that outlines the top ten trends in the Fortune 200 Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and Chief People Officer (CPO) role. In addition, this report introduces the…

Why the Fake You will Outperform the Authentic You (and how to fake it)

At least once a month, I show a decidedly fake version of myself to very important people who have paid handsomely for my services. The fake me may show up in a client meeting, an executive education session or during an important speech. My clients don’t know that…

2024 Global Human Resources Census

The Top Line: Five Key Findings from our 2024 survey Our 2024 Global HR Census finds that a curious dichotomy describes those in the HR field.HR leaders show up as highly engaged.Many are willing to sacrifice to achieve their career goals. They care deeply about developing people and…

4 Secrets to Better Talent Reviews:
A People Manager’s Guide

If you believe that better quality talent delivers better results, then you should want as much great talent on your team as quickly as you can get it. A well-run talent review is the surest, shortest path to make that happen. Unfortunately, leaders don’t always get the benefits…

Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze?
Questions About Becoming a Skills-based Organization

Preface Dear Reader: I apologize for writing such a long report. What you’ll read in this report started with an article idea about skills-based environments. The idea was spurred by the increasing promotion of the concept by vendors and consultants and the early corporate initiatives I had heard…

CHRO Trends 2023 Report

By Zac Upchurch, Chief Operating Officer, Talent Strategy Group I am pleased to present our sixth addition of this Chief Human Resources Officer report that outlines the top ten trends in the Fortune 200 company Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and Chief People Officer (CPO) role. In addition,…