MDA Leadership Consulting Releases Fast Track Selection Assessment

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MDA Leadership announces the release of Fast Track, an online assessment tool designed to help organizations improve talent management and selection decisions. With comprehensive data reporting and online deployment, Fast Track gives companies a cost-effective solution for assessing external candidates, evaluating employees for new work assignments, and establishing a baseline assessment of the organization's talent and training needs.

Finding the right professionals and mid-level managers to execute strategy is always a challenge

MDA Leadership Consulting announces the release of Fast Track Selection Assessment, a talent assessment tool that provides organizations with tailored insight into the characteristics, style and overall fit of employees and candidates for specific jobs. Featuring a telephone interview with an MDA consultant and a customized online assessment report, Fast Track combines the rich, descriptive data of costlier comprehensive assessments with the efficiencies of an online assessment.

"Finding the right professionals and mid-level managers to execute strategy is always a challenge," says Sharon Sackett, MDA's Vice President of Talent Management. "With higher unemployment rates creating a larger candidate pool, it can be difficult for employers to ensure that they're hiring the best available talent. And with downsizing on the rise, many companies are asking employees to assume responsibilities that they may be unprepared to handle. Fast Track helps organizations hire and promote the people who have the greatest chance of success."

Delivered remotely and interpreted at MDA headquarters, Fast Track assessments add value to the talent selection process by providing best-in-class aptitude tests and personality inventories, expert judgment by MDA consultants, an eReport with hiring/promotion recommendations, phone consultation and support to the Hiring Manager/HR, and feedback to candidates. The MDA eReport contains a recommendation for hire; a statement of overall fit for the job, including organization/culture fit; and a bulleted summary of strengths and potential areas of concern or development needs, measured against six dimensions of leadership effectiveness.

"Fast Track is ideal for organizations that want to avoid the time or expense of protracted, in-person assessments," notes Sackett. "But at the same time, this isn't a generic assessment. Our consultants know their client organizations well and have an in-depth understanding of what it takes for people to succeed. For companies with geographically dispersed employees and those needing rapid turnaround, Fast Track delivers speed and efficiency without sacrificing quality."

Fast Track helps organizations:

  • Assess professional individual contributor to mid-level manager candidates
  • Assess the preparedness of internal talent for training, promotion, or new work assignments
  • Identify strengths and development needs, including potential "watch out" factors that may interfere with success
  • Establish an objective baseline assessment of the organization's overall talent and training needs in critical roles

More information about Fast Track is available online at or by calling MDA at 612-332-8182.

About MDA Leadership Consulting

Founded in 1981, MDA Leadership Consulting helps organizations select the right talent to drive strategy, sharpen organizational alignment between talent and resources, and accelerate the development at all levels of the leadership pipeline. As a management consulting firm specializing in leadership and talent issues, MDA and its senior consultants provide proven, tailored solutions in the areas of talent management, leadership development and organizational performance for large and mid-sized corporations seeking superior leadership and sustainable business results.


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