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Jay Wolf Speaks to Hedge Fund Managers about Emotionally Intelligent Leadership

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82x107xjay_wolf_bioth.jpg.pagespeed.ic.TIwr0fP4P2Jay Wolf,  a Consultant and Executive Coach with Grahall, was a keynote speaker at the UBS PREMIER HEDGE FUND CLIENT CONFERENCE held in Naples, Florida on April 17-19, 2013. Jay spoke about the power of emotionally intelligent leadership in motivating employee performance and enhancing organizational success.

Access this compelling and important speech by clicking here: Emotionally Intelligent Leadership.

Jay works in a wide range of industries specializing in Leadership Development, Performance Assessments and Organizational and Executive Coaching. Mr. Wolf is also a principle and co-founder of JCris Consulting Group, an international consulting and coaching firm. Using their “Power Methodology”, JCris Consulting Group partners with organizations to enhance human capital performance and deliver better bottom-line results.

Contact Jay at jay.wolf@grahall.com

Each participant at this conference also received a copy of Grahall’s Michael Dennis Graham’s latest book Hedge Fund People Strategy: Human Capital that Supports Investment Excellence, Sustainability, and Growth. This important book provides readers with a perspective on the key dimensions of hedge fund people strategy and the organizational, talent management, compensation and employee relations practices in the hedge fund industry. More than just describing these practices, this book outlines why the practices need to be unique to each firm, and how firms can ensure that human capital is working as hard as the financial, intellectual, information, and other capital components demonstrated in today’s most successful firms. This book offers an unrivaled look at one of the little discussed but critical success factors in the hedge fund industry, its people.

Contact Michael (917) 453-4341 or michael.graham@grahall.com

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Leading From the Top

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Rory Cellan-Jones’ November 14, 2010 article for the BBC (Can brain scans tell us who makes a good chief executive? Brain scans could reveal leadership ability) got our editorial board thinking about what we have seen as important characteristics of effective leaders.  Cellan-Jones writes: “Neuroscientists and psychologists believe they can make a real contribution to our understanding of what makes leaders tick.”   So until advanced technologies can scan a baby’s brain at birth and let us know if he or she will be a leader or a follower, here are a few things to consider:

1) Leadership is highly situational and cannot be defined in a limited way.  Like an animate organism, a company goes through a lifecycle that bring changes. From start up to decline and all the steps in between, the company’s leaders will help to dictate continued success (or failure).  The characteristics of the individual who will effectively lead a start-up differ from the characteristics of the individual who will effectively lead a mature organization. If the leader does not evolve and develop the skills necessary to address the company’s changing needs, the company will suffer. 

2) Even within those broad strokes of life cycles, the culture of the company can dictate the characteristics necessary for a leader’s success.  Take for example the New York Jets and the New England Patriots. Both are very successful, mature franchises, but their cultures and the style of their leaders (coaches and quarterbacks) could hardly be more different.

 The danger, of course, in determining the characteristics of “good leaders” and applying that with advanced technologies to single out a privileged group of individuals is that it probably won’t work, in part for the reasons discussed above, and in part for two other very critical reasons. 

There is a lot of luck associated with the identification and assent of leaders.  Warren Buffet himself said that his success is fundamentally based on the time and place he was born and raised.   Will the individual with the greatest potential for leadership always be identified?  Absolutely not.  And applying expensive technologies to help determine the best leaders will reinforce an already inequitable system.

Last but not least, the criteria used to identify leaders will be based on the group of leaders in place today.  Will those characteristics be right for the rapidly evolving companies of tomorrow?  Or will reinforcing the “status quo” of leadership characteristics impair the ability of companies to compete in the new and different economies we will face in the future?

As we said on our blog “In His Own Image: How Competency Models Compel Uniformity” recognizing and assessing important and unique talents and capabilities in potential leaders may be difficult for those whose personal and leadership styles provided the basis for existing competency models.  But, competitive advantage does not come from leaving unrecognized leadership talent on the table.

Contact Grahall’s Omni Media Editorial Board at edie.kingston@grahall.com

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Get Prepared for Your Employees’ 2011 Summer Vacations NOW!

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The economic downturn has done more than put people out of work. It has put extreme pressure on some of those still holding jobs to do more and more.  This past summer has been a lesson for some companies under stringent workforce limitations to continue to provide service and products while at the same time providing often overworked employees with much needed and well earned vacations. 
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Well you think you’ll be just fine… without me (Legend of the Rent)

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In his August 21, 2010 article in the Wall Street Journal (The End of Management  adapted from The Wall Street Journal Essential Guide to Management by Alan Murray. Copyright 2010 by Dow Jones & Co. Published by Harper Business, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers), Alan Murray writes: “‘Modern’ management is nearing its existential moment… the trends here are big and undeniable. Change is rapidly accelerating. Transaction costs are rapidly diminishing. And as a result, everything we learned in the last century about managing large corporations is in need of a serious rethink… The new model will have to be more like the marketplace… flexible, agile, able to quickly adjust to market developments, and ruthless in reallocating resources to new opportunities.”

Our Grahall Editorial Board read this article with great interest and unanimously concluded that Murray’s description of what the future will bring to companies is happening somewhere, in fact it is happening at Grahall!  
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Power, Politics and the Bully Pulpit

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Karen Tumulty June 11, 2010 article for the Washington Post  (Politics can be risky business for a CEO) got our Editorial Board talking about executive leadership, in both the political and the corporate arenas.
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The Impact of Organizational Climate on Discretionary Effort

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Expert Perspective on Discretionary Effort

Do you wonder how to attract and motivate employees who will deliver 110% of the necessary effort? Jay Wolf shares his suggestions on how to accomplish this in his paper “The Impact of Organizational Climate on Discretionary Effort“. Wolf writes: “The thing to understand is that discretionary effort is a result; a result of a positive organizational climate.”   He continues:  “Creating a positive organizational climate is the responsibility of the leader. It is the number one priority of any superior leader who is committed to achieving peak performance from his or her team.”

To find out how to create the organizational climate necessary to drive peak performance, click here to read Wolf’s article.

Jay Wolf is an Executive Coach, Leadership Development Consultant and a Partner of JCris Consulting Group. He is responsible for the procurement of new business, client relations management, performance coaching of high-potentials and senior level executives, and the facilitation of leadership development programs. Jay can be reached by email at jay@jcrisconsultinggroup.com

JCris Consulting Group has formed a strategic partnership with Grahall, LLC

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The Politics of Leadership

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In his soon to be published book about organizational politics (The Politics of Leadership, Joe Davidson writes: “Politics is the same phenomenon whether in the civic life of nations, communities, organizations, or groups. The full consideration of political implications for any exercise of power can mean the difference between success or failure for leadership decisions and actions. Effective leaders need a clear perception of the political landscape in order to achieve personal and organizational results. By recognizing political awareness as a key leadership competency and designing developmental interventions to build that competency in current and future leaders, leadership development practitioners can directly contribute to improved organizational performance and results.”
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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The May 7, 2010 article for the Huffington Post by Anne D’Innocenzio (Goldman Sachs To Create Internal ‘Business Standards Committee’) caught the attention of our Editorial Board.  Ms. D’Innocenzio writes: “Goldman Sachs’ embattled Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein told investors Friday that the firm is creating a business standards committee to study the bank’s practices in the wake of the civil fraud suit launched by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the criminal probe opened by the Justice Department… Goldman’s power during the financial crisis and the prominence of many former Goldman executives have made the firm a lightning-rod for public outcry over Wall Street’s greed and risky behavior.” 

While there are many in the media, the government and the public who eagerly jump on the “bashing Goldman bandwagon,” we want to look at this from a different perspective, from the top down. 
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