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Assessing Senior Leadership Potential & Readiness

  • Thursday, June 29, 2017
  • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Terry Executive Education Center

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The field of leadership assessment is undergoing a series of major changes that impact how organizations select, develop, and retain their high-potential leaders. Today’s leaders face a myriad of critical and ever-changing business challenges that impact their success and ultimately the performance of the organizations they are tasked to lead. This interactive session will explore how technology-driven, immersive simulations can be effectively integrated into a comprehensive leadership assessment architecture to help organizations fulfill their commitment to a robust and diverse leadership pipeline. The presenters will also share a new leader assessment architecture that incorporates a broadened perspective of leadership performance that reflects the complex demands of today’s leaders.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the most relevant models/frameworks and tools for measuring leader potential in a changing and dynamic world;

2. Identify what matters most in assessing leader potential including the role of competencies;

3. Determine how contextual variables (e.g., business environment, organizational structure, culture, strategic objectives) should be factored into leadership assessment;

4. Explain how the impact of key experiences be measured and inform our understanding of leader readiness and potential; and

5. Understand the importance and value of high-fidelity senior leadership assessments in aligning and advancing leader readiness, addressing business and cultural priorities, and growing the talent pipeline.

Intended Audience: This session is intended for a general audience at a post-graduate level; no specific content knowledge is required.

Presenter Biographies

John C. Scott is Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of APTMetrics, a global human resources consulting firm that designs sophisticated Talent Management solutions for Fortune® 100 companies and market innovators. John has more than 25 years of experience designing and implementing talent management systems across a variety of global, high-stakes settings. For the past 20 years he has directed APTMetrics’ talent management practice areas to serve a broad range of client sectors including: retail, pharmaceutical, government, telecommunications, entertainment, insurance, technology, hospitality, aerospace, utilities and financial services.  John is co-editor of an award-winning handbook published through the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) entitled: Handbook of Workplace Assessment: Selecting and Developing Organizational Talent. He is also co-editor of The Human Resources Program Evaluation Handbook, and is co-author of Evaluating Human Resources Programs: A 6-Phase Approach for Optimizing Performance. He has also authored numerous chapters and articles in the areas of assessment, selection and organizational surveys.  

John is a Fellow of both SIOP and the American Psychological Association (APA), has served as an APA Council Representative, is SIOP’s senior representative to the United Nations.  He is also the recipient of SIOP’s Distinguished Service Award, serves on the board of the Psychology Coalition at the UN and is editor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice (IOP), SIOP’s premier journal. John received his Ph.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Keith Caver leads APTMetrics’ executive assessment practice. With more than 15 years of experience as a  practitioner and senior operational leader, Keith’s  consulting expertise spans the continuum of human  capital activities and includes talent management strategy; succession management; leadership assessment and  development; diversity and inclusion management;  change leadership; organizational transformation; and  employee engagement.  Keith’s global human capital consulting and coaching  experience spans multiple industries, including energy,  financial services and insurance, health and life sciences, retail, manufacturing, and technology organizations.  Additionally, he has provided consulting support for multiple US and international governmental agencies—up to and including the US Congress. 

Prior to joining APTMetrics and after a career as a USAF officer, Keith held key executive roles with the Center for Creative Leadership, Development Dimensions International, Right Management and Towers Watson.  In these roles he complemented his consulting responsibilities by concurrently leading core talent management practices through significant growth and transformation and contributing to seminal research in each of these organizations. He is a globally recognized thought leader and sought-after speaker on a variety of human capital topics for senior-executive and HR audiences. Keith holds a B.S. from Park University and an M.S. from the US Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill’s Senior Executive Program and has completed post-graduate work through the University of Alabama. 

He is a former faculty member of the University of Maryland, College Park (European Division) and North Carolina A&T State University. Keith is an ICF globally certified executive coach and an instructional systems designer. Additionally, he is the author, co-author or contributor to numerous publications, including Leading in Black in White: Working Across the Racial Divide in Corporate America, The Handbook for Leadership Development and works in the Harvard Business Review.


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