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The Must-Dos of Institutional Knowledge Retention

2024 is going to be a year like any other for senior executives, only more so. The trends we have been talking about for years are only accelerating. What was once a trickle is becoming a flood. Where we used to talk about future trends, now we are seeing things really happening every day, and each day sees more of it than the last. Now I could use those first four sentences to start a blog post about any number of topics right now, but I’m going to put two specific thoughts out there and then talk about them for…

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Amir Ghannad, Author of The Transformative Leader and Host of The Transformative Leader Podcast

          — Geoff MicksHead of Content & ResearchExecutive Platforms Geoff joined the industry events business as a conference producer in 2010 after four years working in print media. He has researched, planned, organized, run, and contributed to more than a hundred events across North America and Europe for senior leaders, with special emphasis on the energy, mining, manufacturing, maintenance, supply chain, human resources, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, finance, and sustainability sectors. As part of his role as Head of Content & Research, Geoff hosts Executive Platforms’ bluEPrint Podcast series as well as a weekly blog focusing…

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Ideas and Innovations on Mentoring, Sponsoring, and Reverse-Mentoring

As I write this, Executive Platforms organizes events for senior leaders relating to Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing, supply chains in both North America and Europe, Technology, Human Resources, Finance, Food Safety and Quality, Sustainability, and Manufacturing. It is surprisingly easy to find common issues and challenges that people in positions of authority in these different roles have in common not just within their own disciplines, but across sectors. At some point as you rise through an organization, the specifics of your profession must include universals about leadership and people. You can have a conversation about a leader’s responsibilities and soft…

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Fixing the Peter Principle in Large Organizations

The Peter Principle states, “In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to the level of their incompetence.” This is one of those ideas that has been around so long, it has become a joke where the punchline is that everyone knows it is true. We all can think of someone who is bad at their job who got to where they are because they were great at what they were doing before. It is a serious problem that can lead to disastrous long-term results for any organization unlucky enough to have its rising talent find themselves moved upwards into…

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Institutional Knowledge Retention in a Time of High Turnover

We all know a ‘go-to person’ at work. They are competent, hard-working, knowledgeable, experienced. They are who you rely upon when you have questions or need results. Sometimes we refer to these people as Top Talent, but there are also all kinds of rank-and-file employees who are the difference-makers in everything they do without being interested in climbing corporate ladders. Whatever we call them, leaders depend on them. Teams revolve around them. Businesses would struggle to function without them. When ‘The Great Resignation’ was all anyone could talk about and ‘Talent Retention’ became something every organization focused on, all of…

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