When I took over the Asian Operations in Shanghai, China I soon recognized I needed to build a stronger management team. I knew with Rick’s background in international business, he would be the logical choice to help make this happen. Rick’s concepts of management and leadership development and his understanding of the cultural differences in play within an international organization have proven valuable whenever I need to make decisions that have a major impact on my organization.


Rick has been in my corner now for almost a decade. I consider him to be a key element in my resource arsenal. Beyond his phenomenal depth of understanding of the psychological tools and instruments, it is his ability to put things into the business context that makes him such a valuable go-to resource for me.

Director Of Talent Management

Rick brings an experienced and objective perspective to strategy and leadership development. He asks the tough questions that you can’t or don’t always want to ask yourself. He then helps develop answers that can bring significant change and a sense of being in better control of the organization’s future.


I have been working with Rick for over 6 years. The most recent 3 years have had a strong focus on coaching for Sales Management development. Through careful analysis and questioning I have been able to take Rick’s suggestions and create a robust strategic sales plan. Not only has the company benefited from the focus we’ve created, but I have personally gained insight into how a good sales organization and process should work. By completely understanding our go-to-market strategy, Rick and I have been able to combine our sales pipeline and our internal operational strategy. This has allowed our entire organization to be more in tune with our goals for growth.


The tools and resources that Rick and The Executive Group offered to us during our CEO search were invaluable. The assessments and reports provided great insights for deeper conversations, Rick is an expert at explaining things in an easily-understood manner. When you have validated information regarding strengths and weaknesses of candidates the quality of your hiring process is so much stronger. In addition, I have had the pleasure of hearing Rick speak in a conference setting and engaged in one-onone development conversations, he excels in all forums and audiences!


The team at TEG never fails to deliver! The support they have provided to our recruiting and talent development processes has been awesome. They understand our talent needs and have guided us on the effective use of assessment tools. Their responsiveness is second to none and their integrity shows every step of the way. Our company is better because of TEG!


Working with Rick and the Executive Group has been a great experience in helping employees navigate attitudes and feelings that are counterproductive or toxic in the workplace. His approach is very casual, and the employees have actually expressed developing a friendly relationship with Rick. His experience and available resource material is extensive, and he seems to have dealt with about every situation imaginable. We have experienced positive and favorable results both for our employees and our organization.


Rick Tiemann has made a career of looking into the very soul of people. When his mastery of the tools of assessment are coupled with a lifetime of C-level leadership experience, he gives a whole new foundation to the saying “hire slow, fire fast.”


Rick Tiemann has provided valuable insights to our organization since 2003. We began our journey with Rick utilizing the 16PF assessment tool and Rick’s expertise to improve the quality of our Sales force, and then expanded to include managers and administrative support associates. We now rely on the 16PF and Rick’s consulting expertise as we put into place organizational team building and career development systems. Rick’s approach has been focused and effective. We enjoy working with Rick and each member of his staff, each of whom we have found to be trustworthy, professional, responsive and proactive.


I have been working with Rick and his organization for over fifteen years during most of my professional career with great success, hiring over thirty highly successful, revenue-generating sales professionals with Rick’s guidance.

Vice President

Rick is amazing! He invested in me on a personal level. He was able to find the true cause of why I was struggling professionally, and he gave me the tools to succeed. I always looked forward to our conversations because I knew I was going to see an issue in a different light. He helped me improve as a person and grow professionally.

Director Of Relationship Management

We have been using the Executive Group for over 7 years, in both the hiring process and leadership development. Rick’s proven methods and assessment tools give us the objective insight to make sound hiring decisions and provide development opportunities for our leaders. Rick and his team provide invaluable insight, guidance, and support. – Wendy


Rick Tiemann and The Executive Group and I have been working together for over 10 years. They have coached both my team and me personally. One of the most important tasks as a leader is hiring and developing talent. Rick and The Executive Group’s testing and procedures greatly improves the overall candidate evaluation. This not only helps during the evaluation process, but also with ongoing talent management. The Executive Group helps my team make better personnel decisions.


During my career, I have had many teams. All of these teams have worked with Rick and his staff for more than 10 years. With our interactions we have done coaching, training, personality profiling, interview skills, and team building events. Rick has been involved with all of these teams, learning the individual personalities and providing support. I can state that all of the managers who have worked with him, have expressed their appreciation of his ability to understand our needs and help us improve. I highly endorse Rick and The Executive Group to any manager who is developing a strong team. The cohesiveness gained, and the confidence instilled are well worth the time and investment.


We have worked with The Executive Group over the past decade. They are part of our successful formula in hiring exceptional people for our organization. We utilize The Executive Group’s personality profile in the final stages of our hiring process. Our top candidates take a personality profile that has been tailored for our organization. Rick Tiemann reviews the results with our team, and helps us navigate the final interviews. Rick’s insight, knowledge, and expertise are instrumental in helping us chose the right person. Our hiring process would not be successful without The Executive Group!


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Growth usually takes on one of two very distinct pathways: a linear path and an exponential one. The latter sounds great, right? Just pull a few levers and watch your organization reap the benefits of exponential growth, making all of your dreams come true. Wait till that next quarterly review, you’ll show them you mean business!

Except that isn’t the entire story, and consistent leadership development results are better than exponential growth that isn’t sustainable.

So why talk about exponential growth in the domain of creating better leaders in the workplace? Well, because it never hurts to have something to aspire to. It never hurts to see what can indeed happen when consistent action is scaled out. That’s the key to making leadership development a potent component in today’s fast paced business environment.

What does feedback really mean? We talk about feedback, but we know that not all feedback is created equal. Feedback should begin with empathy, which is truly understanding the other person's perspective. From there, we want to come forward with evidence that backs up the statements we're going to make to that person. Direct, professional, and straightforward is the name of the game here.

Feedback and accountability go hand in hand within the world of strategically assessing leadership strengths and weaknesses.

What Comprehensive Feedback Isn't

Sometimes it's important to highlight what something isn't before we can really start visualizing what it is constructively. If you want to build or even transform current feedback and accountability processes, here's what to avoid most:

  • Relying on one assessment. There is no perfect assessment, and it's critical to avoid idolizing any assessment as the One True Measure of performance

  • Keeping resources too narrow. This isn't about trying to use as few resources as possible. Pull out all of the tools and see what's reasonable in terms of the specific leader being refined for greater opportunities (the ultimate goal)

  • Don't settle for just covering strengths and weaknesses in terms of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Full insight requires full analysis; KPIs are just a shortcut.

Collecting quantitative data is important, but don’t skip the opportunities to collect qualitative data along the way as well. For example,

Breaking Down Strategic Leadership Assessment - The Best Path Forward for Growth

In order to get the growth needed to stay competitive, it's time to go back to the drawing board. What does strategic leadership assessment look like in action? Well, the important point is that it begins with realizing the end goal: you're getting insight into an individual's makeup and identifying what their true strengths and weaknesses are. We're going back to the 3D Leadership model as one of the key foundational points of this plan.

Staying the Course

Motivation is a big topic in the business world because we're used to watching people quit. Why do people quit before they've reached the finish line? Sometimes it's a matter of not being able to visualize the end. Or perhaps it's not having enough milestones to reflect upon as they move deeper into their journey. Not everyone will finish their leadership development plan, or approach it with enthusiasm.

Reassurance isn't a bad thing, and it can help bolster morale to the point where employees buy back in. For entry-level employees, leadership development can feel impossible because they're starting their journey with a lot to cover. For the more seasoned leader, development often takes a "been there, done that" feeling.

Dive Deeper Into Refinement With Developing World Class Leaders: The Ultimate Guide to Leadership Development

Digging into the roots of better leadership development isn’t an easy journey. Yet it is absolutely essential for companies of all sizes.

Did you miss the deep dive on assessments? Check out the Strategic View of Hiring podcast episode, Exploring the World of Assessments.

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