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Dr. Jim Kauffman

Jim Kauffman joined DDI over 15 years ago and has worked with clients in the areas of talent strategy, succession management and executive development.  At DDI, Dr. Kauffman has delivered solutions across industries and global geographies with clients including Coca-Cola, Merck, PPG Industries, Georgia-Pacific, BHP (Chile), Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, BP, Mylan, Cleveland Clinic, and China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Co., Ltd. (China). Currently, Jim is managing the Business Impact Leadership® Executive Development product line across DDI’s global footprint. Before joining DDI, Dr. Kauffman was Manager of Personnel Selection Systems at Southwestern Bell, and prior to that, Director of Personnel R&D for Intelmex in Mexico City.  Jim earned his Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Central Michigan University in 1993, and his B.A. in Psychology at Bluffton University in 1985.

Presentation: Assessment and Development: Critical Connections

Abstract: The flattening and globalization of organizations coupled with increasing speed and business complexity continues to generate new challenges for leaders.  Nowhere across the pipeline are these challenges felt more acutely than they are for mid-level leaders who must translate organizational strategy into operational reality.  Leaders moving into these roles must quickly acquire and apply a whole new set of skills – and the resources needed to develop these leaders are often limited.  All of this calls for (a) laser sharp development focus on the most critical skills and (b) development experiences clearly linked to business strategy.


  • Learn how 10 years of assessment data analytics have prioritized specific behaviors in mid-level leadership development
  • Hear how one organization linked their high potential learning experience to key business strategies.

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