Leadership development: Growing your own

October 18, 2017 by Wally Bock

The article on the Stanford Graduate School of Business web site asks a simple question: “Is Your CEO Irreplaceable?” Here’s the key paragraph.

“The market for top-flight talent is now so tight that nearly 100 directors of Fortune 250 companies estimate that fewer than four people — including those both inside and outside their company — would be capable of stepping into the CEO role today and running it at least as well as their current CEO, according to a survey by researchers at Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University.”

If you intend to stay in business, you will replace your CEO at some point. The real question is: “How can you increase the odds that your next CEO will do well.?” Part of the answer to that question is: “Leadership development.”

Leadership development to provide a good CEO

The Stanford GSB article asks the question about filling the CEO role. If you don’t develop your own qualified candidate, you will have to depend on the market. You have to hope that there will be a candidate out there with the right mix of skills and experience. You have to hope that you can entice that candidate to come work for you. You have to hope that the transition will work out smoothly. That’s stringing a lot of “have to hopes” together. If you grow your own leaders, most of those “have to hopes” go away.

Leadership development and the pipeline bonus

If you grow your own leaders you don’t just grow competent CEO candidates. You can grow leaders at every level. You can develop that coveted commodity: bench strength.

Your leadership development program can grow competent and tested leaders. That way you don’t have to hope a qualified outsider will be there when you need a CEO.

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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 10/13/17

October 13, 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 succession planning, hiring for fit, getting the most from a leadership coach, and cross-functional training. […]




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Leadership development and Succession Planning

October 11, 2017 by Wally Bock

Leadership development and succession planning are sometimes confused. Whatever it is, you know something has failed when a key executive leaves and there’s a scramble to figure out what happens next. Which internal candidate will get the job? Or, will we have to bring in someone from the outside? But is that a failure of […]




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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 10/6/17

October 6, 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 exceptional people developers, getting the most from your leadership development pipeline, leadership development and […]




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Leadership development and the front line

October 4, 2017 by Wally Bock

Leadership development is about helping men and women become more and more effective leaders. But too many companies limit their development efforts to the top of the organizational pyramid. What about the other leaders? In “What Research Says About Getting the Most from Your Leadership Pipeline,” Evan Sinar reports on DDI’s research. Here’s the money […]




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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 9/29/17

September 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 C-Suite responsibility for leadership development, blended learning, and the performance benefits of leadership development. […]




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Leadership development and the CEO

September 27, 2017 by Wally Bock

Leadership development should start with the CEO. Then what? I started thinking about this when I read Sandro Bassili’s article on Chief Executive. The title of the article is “Anheuser-Busch’s Head of People: Talent is a C-Level Responsibility.” Here’s the paragraph that caught my eye. “Our company’s commitment to people starts at the very top. […]




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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 9/22/17

September 22, 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 n executive presence, the “Dirty Fish Tank” training model, gambling with your leadership development investment, […]




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Leadership development outside the classroom

September 20, 2017 by Wally Bock

Leadership development programs include classroom training that’s intended to deliver changed behavior. Far too often, nothing really changes back in “the real world.” In their Smartbrief article, “The “Dirty Fish Tank’ training model and the modern method for developing leaders,” Craig Ross, Angie Paccione and Victoria Roberts, analyze why. Here’s the golden kernel. “The standard […]




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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 9/15/17

September 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 how leadership development is stuck in the Dark Ages,  improving leadership development, acquiring a […]




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