ACE Conversation


  • Results
  • Past Work Experience
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Comfort with Uncertainty, Ambiguity, or Complexity
  • Strategic Thinking Skills
  • Credentials
  • Singular skill or expertise


  • Asked for stretch assignments/growth opportunities
  • Expressed interest in taking on more responsibility
  • Expressed interest in advancing to the next level
  • Embraces work outside his/her comfort zone
  • Expressed interest in a leadership role


  • Initiative
  • “Lead with a yes” mentality
  • Availability for special/extra assignments
  • Never satisfied with the status quo


  • Network extends across divisions/business units
  • Extent of vertical relationships
  • Ability to drive results through other people
  • Extent of relationship with external stakeholders
  • Network includes individuals unlike themselves

      Executive Presence:

  • Confidence
  • Credibility
  • Speaking/presenting skills
  • Ability to command a room
  • Charisma/ability to attract followers
  • Appropriate appearance

      Emotional Intelligence:

  • Self-awareness
  • Openness to feedback
  • Listening skills
  • Capacity for empathy
  • Cultural competence