Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 4/18/14

April 18, 2014 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 what you’re reading, the performance conversation, hiring criteria, and GE’s secret.

From Neil Bearden: Do You Think You’re Reading Brain Food

“Are we being intellectually nourished by the vast amounts of witty and anecdotal content proliferating on the internet? Or are we just killing time?”

From Beth Armknecht Miller: Repurposing the Performance Conversation

“When was the last time you had a performance conversation that went well? Or better yet, when was the last time you enjoyed having a performance conversation? Let’s face it; both parties of the conversation generally dread performance conversations, more commonly known as performance reviews. So, why not have a different conversation? How about shifting the conversation to focus on the future and how a person can improve through personal and professional development? The conversation you should be having is the development conversation. These conversations are about supporting and empowering your team members, which will allow them to take ownership for their own personal development.”

From Val Matta: If Google Doesn’t Care About Hiring Top Graduates, Should You?

“In a recent  conversation with the The New York Times, Google’s head of people operations, Laszlo Bock, outlined what Google really cares about when it comes to hiring — and it has nothing to do with going to a top-tier school or earning a perfect SAT score. In fact, Bock asserted that students who traditionally have an ‘easier’ time earning top grades are taught to rely on their talent, which makes it hard to fail gracefully.”

From Raghu Krishnamoorthy: The Secret Ingredient in GE’s Talent-Review System

“GE is often highlighted as an organization that develops some of the most effective leaders. Most companies have a version of the talent-review system we use at GE. But judging from what I hear from managers of companies that visit us to benchmark our system, the difference between our approach and theirs does not lie in forms, rankings, tools, or technologies. It lies in the intensity of the discussion about performance and values. The debate, the dialogue, and the time taken to have an exhaustive view of an individual – evaluating them based on both what they accomplish and how they lead – are far more important than any of the mechanics. The heart of our system has always been about the enormous time commitment the organization and the leadership devote to the conversation about people. As the custodian of the talent-review process, I have been lucky to observe this at close quarters. Here is what I’ve learned”

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Free Coaching Exercise: Building an Optimistic Attributional Style

April 16, 2014 by Ken Nowack

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: Provides a four step process to building an optimistic attributional style. How to Administer […]

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Developing Leaders with Analytics

April 16, 2014 by Wally Bock

When I started in business, computers were giant boxes that lived in air conditioned rooms and were guarded by a priesthood called Management Information Systems (MIS). We used our computers to do the same accounting things we’d always done, only faster. The Promise of Analytics in Leadership Development Those days came flooding back when I […]

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More Talent Management Facts #36

April 13, 2014 by Ken Nowack

“42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.”  Steven Wright A New Collection of Talent Management Facts Another addition of leadership and talent management “facts” from all over the world.  Some intuitive and some not….what do you think? 1. Results from a recent research study by Dr. Christopher Mayhorn at NC State […]

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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 4/11/14

April 11, 2014 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 pieces on searching for potential, succession planning, robots (real ones) and leadership development, and Glinda, the “good” witch. From Mike Hoban: Searching for Potential – On the Basketball Court […]

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Free Coaching Exercise: Behavior Change Ambivalence Analysis

April 9, 2014 by Ken Nowack

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 explore what is stopping them from making a change How to Administer […]

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Leadership development that accounts for change

April 9, 2014 by Wally Bock

Change is a constant, for people and for companies. But too many leadership development programs act like that’s not true for them. Here are three reasons to continually re-evaluate your people and your leadership development program. People don’t always reach their potential. We’ve all known at least one of them. They’re the people who start […]

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The Power of Social Support for Success Part II

April 6, 2014 by Ken Nowack

“If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?.” Stephen Wright Gender Differences in Social Support I just read a research paper that suggested that marriage might not improve men’s health as once thought1. In a review of data gathered between 1972 and 2003 (more than one million men and women), […]

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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 4/4/14

April 4, 2014 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 leadership development posts on caboose coaching, hiring better, and closing the manager training gap. From Julie Winkle Giulioni: The Latest Leadership Craze: Caboose Coaching “What could be more helpful […]

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Free Coaching Exercise: Identifying My Stage of Change

April 2, 2014 by Ken Nowack

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: Clients can identify which stage describes your change efforts for a specific behavior or […]

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