Shortly after writing the blog about my Berlin Wall experience, I visited the Newseum in Washington DC. The Museum displays a historical view of the role of the news media. One of their exhibits is the Berlin Wall. They had actual segments of the wall on display that are shown below.
I was recently in Washington DC to be certified for the Hogan Assessment tools. Many of our customers use Hogan Assessment for hiring and leadership development. This was the first time that Carol Keers and I were in DC for the cherry blossom experience. It was beautiful. We also took an opportunity to see a moonlight tour of the monuments. It was good reminder of the strength of the USA.
A related Harvard Business Review article caught my attention. Hogan Assessments and Russell Reynolds did a study of 700 Chief Executive Officers (CEO’s). They wanted to identify the assessment characteristics that appear to result in the highest performing CEOs. The key strengths they found were:
- Drive and resilience
- Original thinking
- Ability to visualize the future
- Team building
- Being an active communicator
- The ability to catalyze others to action
The study found that the best–in–class CEO’s have a sense of purpose, are thoughtfully decisive, and action oriented. They are able to see the core issues among the many noisy signals. They are relatively humble and open to others while being able to act boldly when necessary.
That description aligns with what we have experienced with our clientele. Many of our clients use Hogan Assessments and share those results with us when we provide coaching. In addition, after coaching a few thousand individual clients, we have seen a number of the same patterns of characteristics that are reflected in the Hogan profiles.
What to Do About It
We are developing multiple case studies that provide successful coaching approaches for a variety of profiles. We will be addressing the question of “What do I do about it?” that arises after developing new awareness. The case studies will be based on our trove of coaching experiences.
When you have a new awareness of the perception others have of you, you can make better choices. The new series will be called Perception Choices™ Process. We have done a similar process in the past. Our goal is to have a more cost effective solution in the future. I will let you know when we get closer to releasing the product.
We know the best CEO’s are very aware of how they are perceived, and are choiceful in how they communicate.
Carol and I were walking through Central Park in New York City. There are a number of horse-drawn carriages lined up on the south side of the park. The sign on the back seat of one of the carriages (below) caught Carol’s eye.