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How Can Lateral Agility Improve Leadership? With Kevin Stapp, Condé Nast

Listen to Kevin Stapp, SVP and Global Head of Talent Management at Condé Nast in discussion with Sultan Saidov, Co-Founder and President at Beamery.

Kevin brings over 20 years of experience in Human Resources. He has unique expertise in leading global people strategies and delivering results in a number of diverse environments. He is a passionate and energetic team player with the proven ability to deliver bespoke people solutions to suit specific business needs.

During this episode, Kevin discusses how Condé Nast uses their inclusion index, how “lateral agility” is improving leadership, and how they have helped navigate their employees through significant change within a now globally integrated organization.

“One of the big focus areas is what we’re calling “lateral agility”. We’ve certainly moved the needle in improvement of leadership and management in terms of what would be called vertical leadership... the leadership of their teams and really focusing on elements such as the quality of feedback and career development and how they're supporting their teams. And we’ve seen major improvement in that regard. But the area where we see the opportunity is that the most successful leaders are spending just as much time collaborating in a highly effective manner with their cross-functional peers.” – Kevin Stapp

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Talking points

  • Measuring DE&I with the “inclusion index”
  • What Condé Nast is doing to promote inclusive leadership
  • Organizational transformation vs. talent management
  • The importance of lateral agility

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About the Author

Sultan Murad Saidov is Co-Founder and President of Beamery. Sultan is a frequent speaker on AI, the Future of Work, and Talent Transformation, was listed in the Forbes 30 under 30 list, and is the host of the Talent Blueprint podcast.

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