In this episode of THE TALENT DEVELOPMENT HOT SEAT, Andy’s guest is Rob Kjar. Rob Kjar has over 20 years of experience in leadership consulting and coaching inside organizations and across multiple industries, including pharmaceuticals, financial services, B2B marketing, oil and gas, high tech, and manufacturing. He’s led talent development and organizational development teams in North America and globally. Having lived and worked in several other countries, he brings a broad perspective to his clients looking for help with leaders of all levels, especially with high potentials and executive leaders.

Rob Kjar is currently the senior managing consultant with Vaya Group, a consulting firm that works with organizations of all sizes to connect people strategy with business strategy and accelerate the success of both. He earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Development from Benedectine University and has written articles for and has spoken at the National Academy of Management Conferences in the areas of global mindset change and organizational development.

In this interview, you’ll hear:

What Rob Kjar says has changed in leadership since the pandemic began and what some of the challenges have been for leaders.

The best practices that leaders who are excelling at connection with their teams are using despite the pandemic and the rise of remote work.

How he’s dealing with people who don’t want to be in the office, people who do, and the wrenches that the pandemic has thrown into the work environment.

What the Great Resignation is doing to company policies and how organizations can address employees’ concerns.

Rob Kjar’s recommendations for reskilling the workforce for social and emotional intelligence.

What workplace diversity looks like in this new normal.

The definition of agility and how you can build a more agile and less fragile workplace.

What you can do to build more trust between leaders and employees to work collaboratively as a team.

The big trends he’s following in leadership and talent development and how it’s changing leadership.

The books Rob Kjar recommends reading for your career.

The one piece of career advice he would give to people who want to continue to grow in their leadership careers.

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