Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 7/20/18

July 20, 2018 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 developing digital leaders, different kinds of leaders, leadership development for nonprofits, and your leadership development plan.

From Gerald C. Kane: Common Traits of the Best Digital Leaders

“Strong digital leaders are very much in demand, as our digital business research clearly shows. We asked more than 4,300 global executives whether their organizations need to find new leaders to succeed in the digital age: 68% indicate that their organization does, in fact, need new leadership to compete. Even more striking, there is surprisingly little variance across maturity categories for these responses: 77% of respondents from early-stage companies report that they need new leaders, as do 55% of respondents from maturing companies. On the whole, more than half of digitally maturing companies still say they lack strong leadership.”

From Angela Civitella: What Makes You A Different Kind Of Leader?

“Let’s face it: We’re all engaged in a rat race. We want to make our mark, to be known for something, forever competing, chasing, challenging, outthinking, outpacing and outdoing the next guy. Why? Because if you think outside the box, it will make you stand out and make it easier to mark the territory that you wish to claim. But once you get there, then what? Can you sustain the gap between you and everyone else? What do you need to do to keep reinventing yourself so that your team and your customer base feel they are meeting you for the first time again and again?”

From Sherrye Willis: Nonprofit organizations are suffering from a leadership gap

“In one recent survey of nearly 1,200 nonprofit leaders, only 20% said they were very confident that they had the leadership abilities to enable their team to achieve its goals. Meanwhile, many were planning to leave their jobs. Almost 70% said would do so within the next five years. And only around 20% of the surveyed leaders had a formal succession plan for their own or other leadership positions.”

From Scott Eblin: How Strong is Your Leadership Pyramid?

“Research shows that moving to the executive level is among the toughest transitions of any career. For example, a study conducted by the Center for Creative Leadership shows that 40 percent of new executives fail within eighteen months of being named to their positions. What’s going on here? Is it a case of the Peter Principle at work? Have 40 percent of all new executives simply risen to their level of incompetence? That seems unlikely. After all, to get to the executive level, you usually have to be pretty smart, accomplished, and competent. How do we explain the sudden increase in the failure rate when leaders move into next level roles?”

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Leadership development for Digital Leadership

July 18, 2018 by Wally Bock

Leadership development is the task of preparing leaders today for a future that we can’t foresee in detail. Here’s what Gerald Kane writes on the Sloan Management Review blog under the heading “Leaders must develop new skills to effectively guide their organizations into the uncertain future of the digital age.” “Strong digital leaders are very […]




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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 7/13/18

July 13, 2018 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 the 2018 MIT SMR/Deloitte Digital Global Study, creating a culture for learning, why development […]




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Leadership development: Learning to Learn from Experience

July 11, 2018 by Wally Bock

Leadership development is a lifelong endeavor, filled with learning experiences. It’s a lot like learning to cook If you want to become a great cook, reading a cookbook won’t do the trick. You must actually cook stuff. And most of the stuff you cook in the beginning won’t be very good. You can’t develop skill […]




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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 7/6/18

July 6, 2018 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 skills future CEO’s will need, coaching , better return on your l development investment, […]




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Leadership development: The Most Important Transition

July 3, 2018 by Wally Bock

Leadership development programs often ignore the most critical transition in a leader’s career. When a person gets “promoted” from individual contributor to manager, too many companies treat it like just another day at the office. Oh, sure, we may provide a little training (sometimes). Maybe there will be a heart-to-heart talk with the new leader […]




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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 6/29/18

June 29, 2018 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 micro-learning, leadership development and organizational change, convincing the C-Suite to make learning a priority, […]




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Leadership development and micro-learning

June 27, 2018 by Wally Bock

Leadership development is changing rapidly. One reason is the development of technologies that make new things possible. David Creelman writes about one of them on the SABA blog in his article: “What Does It Take to Deliver Slow, Cumulative Learning?” Here’s a key quote. “Micro-learning makes it easy to spread out small chunks of learning […]




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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 6/22/18

June 22, 2018 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 aiming high in leadership development, talent strategy, a framework for managers to use when […]




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Leadership development: The Boring Parts

June 20, 2018 by Wally Bock

Leadership development is not the same as writing a novel. Super-author Stephen King advises novel writers to “leave out the boring parts.” That’s the opposite of what you want if you want to develop leaders. Those thoughts fired off in my brain while I was reading Jack Zenger’s great article, “How Some Companies Are Aiming […]




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