Category: Blog

What’s Holding the Team Back from High Performance?

I am privileged to work on a regular basis with leadership teams from a wide variety of backgrounds – both public and private sector. The big question that is usually being considered is “how do we become a high performing team?”  These teams are usually made up of talented and… Read More

How to Destroy a Commercial Icon

Leadership is one of the most important topics in human affairs. When good leaders are in place, institutions and their incumbents thrive; when bad leaders are in place, institutions fail and the incumbents suffer accordingly. The core task of leadership is to build high performing teams; leader behaviors that disrupt… Read More

Election Day: What Are the Ideal Characteristics of a Successful Politician?

Political passions are running white-hot in the United States right now. Between Supreme Court nominations, immigration, racial issues, and health care, both sides of the political spectrum are fighting fiercely to win. It’s easy to believe we’re more divided than ever. With so much at stake, you’d hope the most… Read More

What the Amazon Blunder Teaches Us About Big Data

In this era of Big Data, simply producing or collecting nearly unfathomable amounts of data isn’t enough. The best companies are able to sift through that data to find meaningful trends and, ultimately, specific information that sparks a plan of action. In the rush to harness that data for job… Read More

A Q&A on Humility

We continue to emphasize the importance of humility and effective leadership at Hogan in 2018, as evidenced by this article in The Wall Street Journal last week. Because this has been such a hot topic for us, it has also generated a lot of questions from those within our network… Read More

What Can a Rugby Team Teach Us About Humility?

*This post was authored by Hogan’s Michael Tapia, Dena Rhodes, and Ryne Sherman. The New Zealand All Blacks is one of the most successful sports organizations of all time. For over a century they dominated the world stage as a premier member of the international rugby union, competing with such… Read More

In the Era of “Fake News,” It’s Hard to Know What, or Who, to Really Believe

Today, amateur and professional trolls work to stir up arguments and divisiveness. Casual social media discussions frequently devolve into arguments with all kinds of questionable bits of information casually thrown around like wadded-up paper balls. Did the Pope really endorse Donald Trump? Is Kid Rock really running for Senate? Time… Read More

Hogan assessments is number one in executive coaching

Have you ever wondered what the latest trends are for successful executive coaching? What is best practice globally in the executive coaching industry? Should 360 multi-rater assessments be used in conjunction with personality assessments? A recent study “Executive coaching for results” by CoachSource is powerful reading. The first study was conducted in… Read More


Numbers sometimes seem authoritarian and inflexible, especially when used to convey complex issues of general interest. They can give a spurious impression of certainty even when they reflect subjective judgements or approximations. Risk estimations are a case in point. Risk ratings may be based on anything from a totally subjective… Read More

Humility: The Antidote for Bad Leadership

Popular wisdom will have you believe that a leader is someone who exudes confidence and charisma because they appear smart, interesting, and engaging. However, more often than not, these types of leaders wreak havoc on the workplace. A growing body of research suggests that humilityis a far more important quality in… Read More

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