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 anything to do with what they know. They’ve read the books. They understand the principles. They just do something different most of the time.

The solution isn’t teaching them the latest theory or having them read one more leadership book. The solution is getting them to learn on the job. The solution is apprenticeship.

Leadership development requires learning on the job

Coordinate classroom work with daily work. In effective apprenticeship programs the apprentice learns skills in the classroom and then puts them to work right away.

Make sure young leaders get coaching. Coaching is the best way to provide the feedback on the job that accelerates development.

Expose apprentice leaders to other good leaders. Bring good leaders into the classroom to teach. Give apprentice leaders the opportunity to shadow and learn from some of your best leaders.

Leadership development starts the first day

The weakest example is stronger than the most powerful theory. Give new people bosses who set good examples that they can emulate.

Leadership development is habit development

Pay special attention to developing good habits that will serve well for a lifetime. Help them learn to touch base a lot, solicit feedback, and deal with problems early. Help them learn to reflect on their own and their team’s performance.

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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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Leadership development and the Feedback Fighter

July 13, 2016 by Wally Bock

Here’s one of my favorite “lightbulb” jokes. Question: “How many people does it take to change a lightbulb?” Answer: “One, but the lightbulb has to sincerely want to change.” That’s funny when you’re talking about lightbulbs, but there’s something important here that affects leadership development. Mark Busine captured it well in his post at DDI […]

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Free Coaching Exercise: My Thought Patterns

July 11, 2016 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 establish greater awareness of their thought patterns. How to Administer and Use […]

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