Wall Street Journal (excerpted)
Fourteen spouses of fast-tracked employees attended a recent one-week
session aimed at helping them learn more about (the company) and cope
with work-family conflicts.
The spouses talked about their problems, including frequent transfers
and travel, maintaining a sense of personal identity when married
to a fast-track professional, and helping children cope with the parent's
"Any fully successful manager has to be able
to balance career and home, and spouses are critical to that effort."
Dr. McIntosh says.
Wall Street Journal has praised what has evolved as Tartan Consulting's
innovative Accelerated eXecutive Leadership (AXL) program.
Dr. Steve McIntosh designed the principles, concepts and practices
of while working with a Fortune 500 firm. This predecessor of AXL
was recognized as one of the world's sixteen best practices in management
Participants receive extensive holistic feedback
on their strengths and areas for improvement. These form the basis
for a life-long learning plan which integrates activities for improving
effectiveness at work, with family, in the community and with oneself.
A battery of assessments is used to set a measurable foundation for improvement. Typically, included are a customized 360, Myers-Briggs, FIRO-B, change/conflict management, and emotional intelligence.
Competency-Based Learning Systems, such as the
AXL, are applicable throughout your organization.
Fundamental to building a workforce for the 21st
century is the need to form employee practices around competency-
based performance strategies.
Selection, development, continuous learning, personal
growth, succession planning and reward processes are more fully
integrated into the business strategy, more clearly understood and
accepted by employees, and the impact on business performance is
more readily measurable when individual and team competencies provide
the foundation for workforce strategy.
Call Tartan Consulting for suggestions on making
your HR processes more value-added by moving from an activity-based
to a competency-based HR system.