Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 9/30/16

September 30, 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 you should stop outsourcing leadership development, the factors that create outperforming stars, how WD-40 created a learning-obsessed company culture, and retaining your team with leadership development.

From Rebecca Schalm: Why you should stop outsourcing leadership development

“However, while we have long known that most development happens in the workplace, we continue to rely on external, formal training to build leadership capability. There are five key reasons to shift away from traditional leadership training and development, and turn your focus toward helping employees develop critical skills and capabilities while they work.”

From Avi Turetsky: The Factors That Create Outperforming Stars

“What do basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, actress Cloris Leachman and Microsoft founder Bill Gates have in common? Research conducted over the past 15 years or so has found that, across industries, jobs and fields of human endeavour, a small number of people are responsible for the vast majority of value creation. Whether we call it the 80/20 rule, the ‘1%’ of the world’s wealthiest people, or use the formal statistical term ‘power curve’, whenever we measure the outcomes of human behaviour some version of this phenomenon seems to apply.”

From Bill Taylor: How WD-40 Created a Learning-Obsessed Company Culture

“In the research for my book, Simply Brilliant, I spent time with lots of leaders with big ideas about the future. But none of them was as determined as Garry Ridge, CEO of the WD-40 Company, to keep learning as fast as the world is changing. Indeed, I’m not sure I’ve met a CEO who has made learning more central to the corporate culture than Ridge has, or has found more ways to develop a thirst for learning among his colleagues. How he is confronting the ‘paradox of expertise’ offers lessons for long-established organizations in all sorts of fields.”

From Datis: Retaining Your Team with Career Development

“Many employees are disengaged and ready to ‘jump ship’ because they do not feel as if they are growing in their position, or may not have the right tools and ability in place to move up within their organization. Understanding where your employees see themselves in the coming years, and giving them guidance to achieve their goals, will increase your retention rates greatly.”

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Which Participants Are Most Motivated to Accept 360-Degree Feedback?

September 28, 2016 by Sandra Mashihi

 “Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with the plan.” -Tom Landry Some limited research suggests that two factors play a role in who is most likely to be the most motivated and respond the most favorably to 360-degree feedback. Atwater & […]


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Leadership development: Are you measuring your results?

September 28, 2016 by Wally Bock

How’s your leadership development program doing? If you can answer that question you’re in very select company. DDI says that only one company in ten evaluates the effectiveness of their leadership development program. That matches my experience. Just about every company where I did training over a couple of decades evaluated training using that famous […]


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Free Coaching Exercise: “Deploying My Signature Strengths”

September 26, 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: Helps clients take a good look at an activity that they find pleasant and enjoyable. […]


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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 9/23/16

September 23, 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 creating a culture that supports feedback, leadership development results, leadership development failures, and what […]


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The Advantages of Taking a “Pulse” of Behavior Change Followed by 360-Degree Feedback

September 21, 2016 by Sandra Mashihi

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” -Will Rogers Tracking and monitoring progress on development plans is essential for sustaining new behavior over time. It is important to continuously seek feedback from others to see how a participant is progressing in their targeted goal. Research by […]


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Leadership development: Are you developing leaders who coach?

September 21, 2016 by Wally Bock

Once upon a time, coaching wasn’t considered important in business. Actually, “once upon a time” wasn’t very long ago. It’s how things were when I was coming up in business. Back then, things were different than today. Back then, people were promoted to their first leadership position based on their knowledge of the work. Leaders […]


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Free Coaching Exercise: “Meditation as a Tool for Mindfulness”

September 19, 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: Step by step meditation technique for mindfulness. How to Administer and Use this Exercise to […]


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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 9/16/16

September 16, 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 how leaders can help others influence them, best books for leadership development, leadership development […]


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How 360-Degree Feedback Can Lead to Pain

September 14, 2016 by Sandra Mashihi

“Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, and acquaintance or a stranger.” -Franklin P. Jones At an organizational level, a poorly constructed 360-degree feedback process can lower engagement and employee morale. At an individual level, poorly-delivered feedback can be perceived as critical, evaluative and judgmental, leading to social pain and […]


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