Leadership development peer to peer

February 22, 2017 by Wally Bock

Chief Executive recently published an article titled, “How Peer Networks Can Help CEOs Become Better Leaders.” Here’s a key paragraph.

“Being a CEO, a business owner or a president means that everyone is depending on you for advice and decisions. However, when companies face major challenges, business leaders are often left with no one to consult with. But CEOs are not alone. The lack of an internal supporting network for business leaders has been supplemented by the growth of peer networks. These groups create a community of peers, all of whom are business leaders.”

The article is about formal peer support networks created by several organizations and mostly for CEOs. Some of them are listed in CEO’s publication, “The Guide to CEO Peer Networks.” There’s no reason why peer support should be limited to CEOs or large organizations. Why not consider making peer support a feature of your leadership development.

Leadership development best practice

In 2014, Training Industry magazine published Ken Taylor’s article: “The First Step in Leadership Training.” Taylor set out to discover what made effective training for new leaders. He identified the best subject matter and several best practices. One of those best practices was supplementing the training with peer support networks so that new managers “continue to learn from other managers.”

Leadership development and peer support

Peer support can be one of the most potent features of your leadership development program. Most such programs have regular meetings when new and experienced managers can discuss important issues and invite experts to make presentations. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

Leadership development just in time

We like to talk about just-in-time learning as a process of learning from books or videos that are readily available. But, in the real world, the first place a new manager will go for help is a more experienced manager whom he or she knows. Peer support programs establish relationships so that the new manager with a question can quickly and easily find an experienced manager who may have the answer.

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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 2/17/17

February 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 about leadership development on the front lines, two posts on succession, and how to identify […]


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Leadership development Leader to Leader

February 15, 2017 by Wally Bock

Susan’s Mazza’s post, “5 Ideas to Help You Cultivate Leadership,” got me thinking about the immediate boss’s role in leadership development. Here’s the kernel of Susan’s post that started the train of thought. “The ultimate sign of an effective leader is that they are cultivating leadership in others. Sometimes this happens naturally. Yet, more often […]


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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 2/10/17

February 10, 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 the future of leadership development, help with leadership development goals, talent management trends that […]


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Neuroticism: The Ugly Duckling of Personality

February 8, 2017 by Henry henry@hccglobal.net

Let’s face it, not everyone out there is logical, rational, emotionally stable and predictable. And if you’re not one of those, you know it. You’re the “feisty”, “emotional”, “unstable” or heavens forbid, the “emotionally volatile” one. So, What Is Neuroticism? Neuroticism, is one of the big five personality traits, together with Extraversion, Openness to Experience, Agreeableness […]


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Leadership development and lifelong learning

February 8, 2017 by Wally Bock

John Coleman’s Harvard Business Review article urges us to “Make Learning a Lifelong Habit” and to use Theodore Roosevelt as a model. Here’s the kernel paragraph. “Roosevelt was what we might call a “lifetime learner.” Learning became, for him, a mode of personal enjoyment and a path to professional success. It’s a habit many of […]


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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 2/3/17

February 3, 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 cracking the leadership development code, using talent management to create value, seven steps to […]


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Leadership development and the Potential Trap

February 1, 2017 by Wally Bock

Eric D. Brown published a fascinating post with the title: “A tale of two employees.” I’ll use words from the post to let you know what it’s about. “While talking to this CIO, she was relating some stories of a few of these employees. She was telling me of a recent experience that has her […]


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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 1/27/17

January 27, 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 institutionalizing leadership development, book reports for leadership development, how to train leaders to think […]


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Leadership development on five dimensions

January 25, 2017 by Wally Bock

Ed Batista is an executive coach and an instructor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He also writes a great blog. A recent post asked the question “What Do Great Leaders Do?” and then answered the question with these five things. “1. Great leaders support others’ development as leaders, which may require allowing them […]


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