Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 12/15/17

December 15, 2017 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 culture change, HIPO programs, leadership and context, and the business case for leadership development.

From Jack Zenger: Change Your Leaders To Change Your Culture

“How would you describe the culture of your organization? Some might say, ‘It’s the smell of the place,’ or, ‘It’s how things are done around here.’ Research done on culture and organizational performance by Kotter and Heskett defines culture as ‘…gained knowledge, explanations, values, beliefs, communication and behaviors of large group of people, at the same time and same place.’ They concluded that differences in culture explains why one company succeeds where another fails within an industry. Consider Apple versus Blackberry, or Target versus Kmart. It wasn’t just the strategy that determined the success of the company, it was the culture. The ultimate summary statement on the topic may have been Peter Drucker’s familiar saying, ‘Culture eats strategy for lunch.’ However, culture can’t remain stagnant. As the economy and each industry changes, company culture needs to be constantly adapting.”

From Susan Fowler: HIPO programs suck

“There. I said it. High-potential programs suck. I thought about being less direct and more refined in describing how I feel about most ‘high-potential’ programs.”

From Todd Warner: Corporate Learning Programs Need to Consider Context, Not Just Skills

“Spending on corporate learning, particularly leadership development, continues to increase at a staggering pace. According to one piece of research, spending on frontline leadership development alone increased by over 310% in a three-year period. Despite the amount they invest in corporate learning, organizations continue to struggle to connect these programs with the day-to-day work of strategy execution.”

From Kevin Sheridan: The Business Case for Leadership Development and Learning

“Armed with these convincing statistics, any manager should be able to secure funding and commitment for future learning and leadership development programs.”

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Leadership development and culture change

December 13, 2017 by Wally Bock

Leadership development expert Jack Zenger wrote a provocative piece in Forbes, titled, “Change Your Leaders To Change Your Culture.” Here’s the opening. “How would you describe the culture of your organization? Some might say, “It’s the smell of the place,” or, “It’s how things are done around here.” Research done on culture and organizational performance […]




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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 12/8/17

December 8, 2017 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 leadership development to grow CEOs from inside, why corporate training programs fail, development benchmarks, and […]




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Leadership development all the way to the top

December 6, 2017 by Wally Bock

Leadership development expert Claudio Fernández-Aráoz iand is a senior adviser at the executive search firm Egon Zehnder. Recently Sarah Green Carmichael interviewed him for an HBRIdeacast titled “Why More CEOs Should Be Hired from Within.” That’s where he made this thought-provoking statement. “there is emerging research that shows that organizations, particularly at the very high […]




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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 12/1/17

December 1, 2017 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 calculating the ROI of leadership development, improving your leadership effectiveness, three things to make […]




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Leadership development ROI

November 29, 2017 by Wally Bock

Leadership development is more like planting a seed than calculating miles per gallon. That’s why every time I encounter an article with a title such as “Leadership Training—Calculating ROI and Measuring Effectiveness” I get just a little crazy. Calculating the Return on Investment (ROI) of leadership development sounds like a good idea. But at best […]




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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 11/24/17

November 24, 2017 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 on turning insights into execution, metrics for evaluating your leadership development program, key influencing skills […]




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Leadership development and the why of leadership

November 22, 2017 by Wally Bock

Leadership development is a very adult thing, but sometimes the insights of children can help. A couple of years ago, our grandson, Banks, was visiting. We were all in the kitchen when our dog, Clementine, started trying to get the food on Banks’ plate. He tried all kinds of evasive tactics, but Clementine was hungry, […]




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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 11/17/17

November 17, 2017 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 CEO succession, spotting leadership potential, leadership development coaching, and improving your leadership development pipeline. From […]




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Leadership development: Spotting quiet leadership potential

November 15, 2017 by Wally Bock

Leadership development is part science and part art. The best programs excel at both, especially when the challenge is identifying people who might become effective leaders, but who haven’t been promoted yet. That can be tricky. You won’t have a problem identifying people who think they should be leaders. They’re likely to tell you, in […]




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