Vanishing Point

Hans Davies

As Organizational Development Director, Hans leads the development of associates to ensure that skills and services match the ongoing needs of clients. Hans has an MA in International Relations and International Economics from John Hopkins University, and a BA in History from Williams College. He was a Robert Bosch Foundation fellow and received a meritorious honor award from the Department of State.

Recent Posts

This is the Organizational Structure of the Future

Posted by Hans Davies

Dec 9, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The words a company uses to describe itself are critical elements of its culture. Terms like “family” and “team” are loaded with significance related to organizational structure. They reflect priorities and values that are disseminated by leadership across the organization to shape the brand, drive performance, and create value. More importantly, they impact leaders’ ability to evolve and drive change from within.

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The Secret to Success: Empower Your Multi-Generational Workforce

Posted by Hans Davies

Oct 28, 2015 9:43:25 AM

Every day in the U.S., approximately 10,000 Baby Boomers leave the workforce. While there’s talk of a talent gap, the actual size of the labor force continues to grow year over year.[1] The employment market is hitting a tipping point in 2015, at which point, there will be more young professionals in the marketplace than tenured individuals. By 2025, it’s projected that Millennials will represent approximately 75% of American employees.

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From Princes to Frogs: New Leadership Models

Posted by Hans Davies

Aug 12, 2015 9:30:00 AM

If you’ve attended a seminar on leadership lately, it’s likely that you’ve run into quotes from Machiavelli’s The Prince, perhaps something on leadership or the difficulty of changing a system. Hate or love its message, the book has been influential for almost 500 years.

Although the book (and many others like it) still has a place in any leader’s library, we think its lessons are too easy and too proscriptive. Machiavelli’s message was relevant in a time of both aristocracy and bureaucracy, but today’s workforce wants more than imperatives. They want to believe. They want to have a cause.
 
Leadership today and in the future is not about fear; it’s about setting a vision, mentoring, coaching, and building a team. If you’re looking for a model for outstanding leadership, we suggest that you stop trying to model a prince, and consider looking to a frog: Kermit the Frog.
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