Assessing People for Senior Jobs

12 May 2011

Trinity House, Trinity Square, Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4DH

The role of senior management is becoming increasingly difficult in today's organisations, with short-termism, intense media scrutiny, cost pressures and employee expectations being just some of the demands senior managers have to juggle. It is more important than ever that organisations make the right selection decisions, but in spite of the availability of a plethora of sophisticated selection tools, leadership failure is still common. This session will explore how companies can get better at selecting the right person for the right job.

Who is it for?

Anyone who is responsible for senior selection and development decisions.


The report and workshop will provide some insights in the following areas.

•How are senior jobs changing in the current climate?
• Why is it that, in spite of all the tools and methodologies available, it remains difficult to assess people?
• Companies often assess individuals in great depth, but do not put as much effort into understanding the organisational context and culture and the requirements of the job.
• What is needed to make good selection decisions?
• Onboarding - how can new leaders be ‘bedded down' better?
• Can ‘derailment' be avoided by improving this process?
• What approaches can companies adopt to improve their selection?

The workshop will combine an overview of the latest methodologies, highlighting some of the problems of assessment with practical insights from the workshop leaders and case studies of how companies have tackled these issues.