Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 7/29/16

July 29, 2016 by Wally Bock

Every week, I review blogs and other publications that cover leadership development to find the very best leadership development posts. This week, you’ll find pointers to posts about

From Claudio Fernández-Aráoz: To Grow as a Leader, Seek More Complex Assignments

“Over the course of my career, I’ve spent countless hours talking to and hearing from leaders around the world. I’ve interviewed thousands of candidates for managerial roles and tracked the performance of those I successfully hired. I led the global management appraisal practice of our own executive search firm, Egon Zehnder. And I’ve spent years with colleagues at Harvard Business School and other academic institutions researching what makes people effective in their jobs. One key lesson I’ve drawn from all this experience? The most successful leaders are the ones who continue to learn and grow, and the best way to help yourself – or your team — do that is through assignments that involve increasing complexity.”

From Bob Mosher: We Need to Rethink the Classroom

“What the classroom does better then any other learning environment — so far — is be highly adaptive, collaborative and safe. These are powerful things, things we rarely see exploited in the model. Instead, content dominates the outline, format and flow because we focus more on what people need to know ahead of what they need to do. Therein lies the rub. We rarely have a clear understanding of the doing, therefore we obsess on the knowing, leaving the classroom to be the catch all for everything.”

From Martin Couzins: We can access more knowledge, but are we more knowledgeable?

“I’m also interested in this because more web filtering tools are providing an AI driven experience. This experience may or may not provide us with the full picture on any given topic. Do we even know or care how an algorithm works? Knowing we are short on time, we take shortcuts which means we might find that we take the easiest and quickest route to finding what we need. But is that the best stuff, or the right stuff? What’s the impact on what we know?”

From Kirsten Frasch: The Leadership-Development Woes Continue

“The latest survey on the subject — from Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning — finds only 7 percent of organizations believe their leadership-development programs are best-in-class.”

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Breaking the News Gently? WHO and HOW to Provide 360-Degree Feedback?

July 27, 2016 by Sandra Mashihi

“Dare to risk public criticism.” -Mary Kay Ash It is not at all uncommon for recipients to experience strong emotional reactions to both the quantitative and qualitative sections of multi-rater feedback reports generated by organizations and vendors selling these assessments1. For example, Smither and Walker (2004) analyzed the impact of upward feedback ratings as well […]


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Leadership development and apprenticeship

July 27, 2016 by Wally Bock

Leadership is an apprentice trade Leadership does not happen in your head, it happens on the job. That’s why it’s puzzling that most of our leadership training is “head work.” The idea is that if we understand, we will do. So, how’s that working out for us? The problem with most bad managers doesn’t have […]


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Free Coaching Exercise: “Identifying My Personal Forces Around Behavior Change”

July 25, 2016 by Sandra Mashihi

This free exercise, and dozens of others, were created for our book, Clueless: Coaching People Who Just Don’t Get It. You can learn more about Clueless by visiting our site or you can buy it from amazon.com today. Purpose of Exercise: Identify forces that are supporting and preventing change. How to Administer and Use this Exercise […]


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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 7/22/16

July 22, 2016 by Wally Bock

Leadership development may be the most important thing any company does. That’s why, every week, I review blogs and other publications that cover leadership development to find the very best leadership development posts. This week, you’ll find pointers to posts about why talent management isn’t working. leadership development at Disney, budgeting for leadership development, and […]


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How to Determine What Must be Communicated to Different Stakeholders of 360-Degree Feedback

July 20, 2016 by Sandra Mashihi

“Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken.” -Jane Austen When implementing a 360-degree feedback tool, stakeholders often have a number of questions about the following issues: Purpose of the 360-degree feedback intervention Deadline dates to collect […]


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Leadership development and digital learning

July 20, 2016 by Wally Bock

Leadership development is people-centered Everyone agrees that leadership development should be a people-centered activity, but technology is changing everything we do. Digital learning will surely be part of the leadership development mix. How do we do it well? Leadership development and digital learning Leigh is a young woman I know who works for a large […]


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Free Coaching Exercise: “Assessing My Attributional Style”

July 18, 2016 by Sandra Mashihi

This free exercise, and dozens of others, were created for our book, Clueless: Coaching People Who Just Don’t Get It. You can learn more about Clueless by visiting our site or you can buy it from amazon.com today. Purpose of Exercise: Help clients determine whether they have an optimistic or pessimistic style of dealing with life […]


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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 7/15/16

July 15, 2016 by Wally Bock

Leadership development may be the most important thing any company does. That’s why, every week, I review blogs and other publications that cover it to find the very best  posts. This week, you’ll find pointers to posts about three ways to elevate leadership development, spending on training for senior leaders, women’s leadership development, and why you […]


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Dangers of Open-Ended Questions to Participants in 360-Degree Feedback

July 13, 2016 by Sandra Mashihi

“The other day I got out my can-opener and was opening a can of worms when I thought, What am I doing?!” -Jack Handey The usefulness of having qualitative comments in 360-degree feedback interventions is not widely debated. In fact, before online administration of 360-degree feedback assessments was even possible, most coaches and consultants relied […]


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