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NeuroLeadership Institute

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Being successful in the consulting industry requires adaptability and the ability to learn a business fast. What would be your approach to help you learn the ins and outs of a new client?
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NeuroLeadership Institute contracts with businesses in different industries for their services and it is likely that your job would require you to learn the fine details of each business that you would work with. Demonstrate your ability to be flexible by giving examples of times you've had to do this during your career. As well, describe the approach that you would take to get the know the businesses you would be working with so you can apply your knowledge and expertise toward helping them.

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1.
Being successful in the consulting industry requires adaptability and the ability to learn a business fast. What would be your approach to help you learn the ins and outs of a new client?
NeuroLeadership Institute contracts with businesses in different industries for their services and it is likely that your job would require you to learn the fine details of each business that you would work with. Demonstrate your ability to be flexible by giving examples of times you've had to do this during your career. As well, describe the approach that you would take to get the know the businesses you would be working with so you can apply your knowledge and expertise toward helping them.

Ryan's Answer #1
"As you can see from my resume, I've been in corporate training and education for over ten years. In my current role, I have to use similar techniques working with different departments to try and tailor programs that meet their specific needs. I feel that my current approach of hosting an intake meeting with leaders would be effective in a consulting role with external customers. The current intake meetings that I lead are an opportunity for me to ask questions and learn as much as I can about my customers. In turn, it is an opportunity for me to lay the groundwork for the project and set expectations. Do you see this as an effective approach for this role?"
Ryan's Answer #2
"Having worked in quality roles for most of my career in both the private and public sectors, I think my career experiences have shaped me well for this role. Transitioning to a consultative role would definitely be a transition for me and the biggest transition will be this need to work in many different industries. For me, researching clients, their business and their industry will be the first step to my approach in learning about them. I want to make a great first impression when I am face to face with a new client and that first impression starts with my knowledge. Then, my openness and ability to communicate would take over when I am working directly with clients. I know the right questions to ask for laying out quality initiative projects and I know the right things to educate clients on."
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What do you feel is the key to developing and/or operating a great succession planning program?
The total succession planning process encompasses many different steps from planning to final implementation. Even then, once implemented, there are many keys to ensuring the program is successful into the future. However you answer this question, be sure to speak passionately and knowledgeably as to why you feel your key is one essential key to the process. Discuss how this will be an advantage for the clients that you would work with and how you would help implement the step for them.

Ryan's Answer #1
"While I consider myself an expert on the planning stages and identifying the positions that should have succession plans, I think the toughest and most crucial step for an organization in a succession planning process is identifying top talent to groom into new roles along their career journey. Understanding that my role as the consultant for your clients would be over, it would be my job to educated the clients on how to identify, train and measure successes down the road to make the program a true success."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Every good project needs a solid plan to be successful and this is no different for implementing a succession planning process. A good succession plan starts with involving leadership to identify the future needs of the business and key positions that succession planning should occur for. Another key insight towards building a great succession planning program is taking into account future growth and development of the business. With these things in mind, I can help the clients here at NeuroLeadership Institute build solid succession planning programs."
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For our clients here at NeuroLeadership Institute, how would you sell them on implementing a succession planning program for high level leaders in their organization?
On top of the cost of conducting an external search for the next leaders of an organization, home growing talent to get the right people with the right talent in the right positions can begin earlier than most leaders think. In your answer for this question, talk about the importance of an organization always keeping an eye towards the future, cost savings and the ability to train people in the way the organization wants them to be trained and prepared for a high level role.

Ryan's Answer #1
"To me, succession planning has so many positives with so little drawbacks that it makes total sense for an organization to implement succession planning. But high level leaders often do need some coaxing to buy into the philosophy. My selling point with an organization would be to use statistical data to point out that projected retirements over the next 10-15 are astronomical compared to the number looking to enter the workforce. Because of this face, it is more important than ever to begin planning and growing the next CEO, COO and CAO of organizations as early as possible. Shadowing opportunities and training opportunities that can take place over a time period of years versus months is very important in the business world today."
Ryan's Answer #2
"In today's modern world, every business and industry is unique and carving out their own niche markets and ways of doing business. Because of this, succession planning and the need to grow leaders from within is extremely important. I would use this as a selling point to high level leaders like CEO's and point out the fact that they could begin training their potential replacements years ahead of time with the help of HR staff and Organizational Learning staff."
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In this role with NeuroLeadership Institute, you will be asked to work with businesses across different industries. How would you go about best assessing training needs at an unfamiliar organization or industry?
No matter the level of work experience or personal training you have received throughout your career in the business education and training field, your interviewer knows that you will be facing new and unfamiliar situations in this job if you are hired. On this question, they are looking to hear how you would take a systematic yet unique approach with clients that you would be working with to assess needs in developing training programs for their staff. Use your expertise to talk about your approach and be sure your interviewer knows that you will put a personal touch to your work with each client.

Ryan's Answer #1
"In this role, my first goal with any new client would be identifying the business need for them. I would do this utilizing many different channels and resources, such as conversations with leaders and current staff. This process would help me learn about the business in general and what overall thoughts are towards training needs. Following that, I would perform a gap analysis to see firsthand if reality is the perception of the staff and leadership of the organization. At that point, I can fully determine what training needs, if any, exist and start my recommendations from there."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I think a lot of the skills in assessing training needs for the large healthcare organization I've worked with for the last six years will translate nicely to this role. My current methods of assessing are conducting one-on-one interviews with staff, holding focus groups, sending out surveys and conducting job observations are all effective in the right situation and I have a lot of great experience using these in needs assessments. Working with new businesses in different industries, a key component to my assessments will also involve me learning new jobs and I will do this through research of job descriptions and talking to leaders and staff with the clients I would work with."
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This role will put you face to face with leaders of our clients and have you coaching them on how to coach performance related issues. What insight will you bring to the area of performance evaluation and development?
In this role with NeuroLeadership Institute, part of your role would be working with clients on performance management and optimizing the performance of their staff. Be prepared to talk about any aspects of perfomance management that you have been a part of during your career as well as speaking about hte importance of the bigger picture of performance manageemnt in respect to teh performance of an organization. Another important thing to discuss is anything pertaining to coaching those that will be coaching others.

Ryan's Answer #1
"During my career, I have been involved in the creation of two different performance management system creations and both have provided a ton of insight to me looking to move into this role. I have been a part of creating effective evaluation tools that are used to drill down to the KSA's required for a particular job. This process entailed detailed job evaluations to help in identifying key performance measures for each job. The tool creating process also offered me the chance to design and create soem great feedback guidelines that hiring managers were trained on. I think this experience will pay off very well for your clients that are in need of creating or revamping their current performance management systems."
Ryan's Answer #2
"In my current role, I have worked with our management and leadership staff on education and training for a new performance management system that my organization began using two years ago. While the technical side of learning the electronic evaluation program was very important, our leaders found the background knowledge around the evaluation process even more helpful. During that training, we talked about the importance that effective performance management played in reducing turnover and boosting employee satisfaction and gave our leaders great tips and tricks to use with their staff. I'd love to bring these things here to work with teh clients of NeuroLeadership Institute."
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