Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 5/18/18

May 18, 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 why the most productive workers often don’t make good leaders, an idea for a new approach to leadership development, a new job description for leaders in a complex age, and unwritten rules for teamwork success.

From Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman: Why the Most Productive People Don’t Always Make the Best Managers

“When a company needs a supervisor for a team, senior leaders often anoint the team’s most productive performer. Some of these stars succeed in their new role as manager; many others do not. And when they fail, they tend to leave the organization, costing the company double: Not only has the team lost its new manager, but it’s also lost the best individual contributor. And the failure can be personally costly for the new manager, causing them to doubt their skills, smarts, and future career path. Everyone loses.”

From Art Petty: Developing the Whole Leader—The Clinic Approach

“In a series of life experiences recently, I’ve concluded there’s a very different and potentially revolutionary model for leadership development, and it’s drawn from the world of clinic-delivered healthcare. Think: Mayo Clinic or Cleveland Clinic, or other institutions that use a similar format.”

From Sunnie Giles: An Unconventional New Job Description For Every Leader In A Complex Age

“The basis of competition has changed dramatically over time. The digital revolution of the 21st century has changed the rules of competition in a massive way, requiring flexibility and adaptability. Simply put, too many new things are being introduced, things are changing too fast, and things have become too interdependent for the top-down approach to work any longer. The foundation of business—competition—has changed. So must our leadership.”

From Express Employment Professionals: Unwritten Rules Determine Teamwork Success

“It’s an interesting case study that highlights an important trend in organizational development that focuses on group dynamics and building stronger, more productive teams. In fact, in Deloitte’s 2017 Human Capital Trends Study, 32% of respondents said they are redesigning their organizations to be more team-centric, which is also driving trends in performance management to ‘shift from focusing just on an employee’s individual achievements to evaluating their contribution to a team and the team’s impact on driving overall business goals.'”

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Leadership development: choosing people to develop

May 16, 2018 by Wally Bock

Leadership development starts with identifying the people who might succeed as leaders. It shouldn’t be as hard as we make it. Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman outline the problem in their HBR post: “Why the Most Productive People Don’t Always Make the Best Managers.” Here’s the money quote. “When a company needs a supervisor for […]




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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 5/11/18

May 11, 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 what you need to make your leadership development program effective, optimizing workforce performance, tomorrow’s […]




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Leadership development for a New Kind of Leader

May 9, 2018 by Wally Bock

Leadership development gets more and more challenging as the world becomes more complex and challenging. Rick Lepsinger’s article about six things you need to make development programs effective contains this key paragraph. “The modern workplace is vastly different from what it once was. Today, organizations of all sizes and industries face increasingly globalized markets, remotely-located employees/teams, […]




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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 5/4/18

May 4, 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 budgeting for leadership development, the top traits for success, Bain’s latest management tools and […]




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Leadership development: The Important First Boss

May 2, 2018 by Wally Bock

Leadership development doesn’t start with a class or an orientation. It begins with a mental model of leadership. That makes an aspiring leader’s first boss really important. Leadership development and “leadership trees” People who write about athletics refer to “coaching trees,” how great coaches tend to learn their craft by working for other great coaches. […]




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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 4/27/18

April 27, 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 succession planning, a review of leadership development methods, the importance of relationships in talent […]




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Leadership development: The Secret Sauce

April 25, 2018 by Wally Bock

Leadership development practitioners are always looking for an edge. We hope that one book out of the 20,000-plus on Amazon will give us the one big thing that will suddenly make things right. There are plenty of good ideas out there in books and articles and web sites, but they can only make things better […]




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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 4/20/18

April 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 From Mike Prokopeak: Building the Leader of the Future “The stakes are high. Leaders […]




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Leadership development: No superheroes needed

April 18, 2018 by Wally Bock

Leadership development is always about people and people haven’t changed much in the last few thousand years. The dress and the tools and the challenges have changed, but people are the same. It’s important to remember that when you think about the development challenge. Leadership development is about developing willing people into competent leaders The […]




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