Summer is in full bloom. Given the winter and so-called spring we had this year, it felt like summer would never arrive. Well, the wait is over, and we do hope you’re enjoying this time with family and friends.

This is also the time of year when we see and experience some of the results of our hard work in the first half of the year. Like gardening, we invested time, money and effort to cultivate our careers. Hopefully, you are now seeing that things are blossoming.

Yet, we also know that some may be struggling – frustrated by the lack of progress. At times, it can seem that the investment we made in developing our leadership skills is not yielding the results we want. We’ve heard from many people who truly wonder if leadership training is really worth it. Our response? IT IS!

We have heard from clients and candidates all over the world that the time and effort they invested paid off in terms of promotions and/or getting the job they were seeking. And from an employer’s perspective, we know that leadership development is a critical business issue. CEOs – in the US and abroad – struggle with finding, attracting and retaining talent. Also, companies need to cultivate the people they already have – individuals with organizational knowledge as well as subject matter expertise. As we all know, change happens and often it happens quickly and unexpectedly. Therefore, it is imperative to have people “ready on day one” to step up and maintain the momentum of the organization.

Many of us have summer reading lists. We hope you’ll add the posts below to yours. They contain insights and guidance from members of OI Global Partners – experts in career transition, executive coaching, leadership consulting, and workforce solutions. Please let us know your thoughts via email or via one of our social media platforms.

Thank you, and we hope you have a safe and rejuvenating summer.

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