Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 3/27/15

March 27, 2015 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 education technology and the skills gap, how to think and act like a leader, your personality and the kind of leader you are and will be, and helping middle managers be leaders. Now for this week’s top leadership development posts.

From Allison Bailey, Elizabeth Kaufman, and Simonida Subotic: Education Technology and the Twenty-First-Century Skills Gap

“Today’s fast-changing world requires students who not only possess strong skills in areas such as language arts, math, and science but must also be adept at skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, persistence, collaboration, and curiosity. The requisite twenty-first-century skills fall into three broad categories: foundational literacies, competencies, and character.”

From Herminia Ibarra: How to Act and Think Like a Leader

“To become a successful leader, you have to ditch the conventional ‘think before doing’ logic and instead start acting like a leader in order to start thinking like a leader.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: The leader you will be

“Perhaps it hasn’t occurred to you to consider that the leader you are now is highly linked to who you are. You are unique, and what is both obvious and hidden to you about who you are greatly impacts your behavior and actions. You, as a human being, are the leader you are because of a multitude of things that make up you: personality, history, education and beliefs among others.”

From Heather R. Huhman: 4 Ways to Make Middle Managers Better Leaders

“Don’t treat middle managers like forgotten middle children. Here are some ways to improve middle leadership, engagement and satisfaction.”

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Free Coaching Exercise: My Calling

March 25, 2015 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: Guide clients to reflect on their purpose in life. How to Administer and Use […]

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Leadership development: Act first, reflect later

March 25, 2015 by Wally Bock

“What good is experience if you do not reflect?” ~ Frederick the Great That’s one of my favorite quotes and it popped up in my head when I read Herminia Ibarra’s article, “How to Act and Think Like a Leader.” Here’s a money quote. “To become a successful leader, you have to ditch the conventional […]

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Leadership Development Shams: Why 360-Feedback Doesn’t Work

March 22, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.”   Franklin P. Jones Cigarettes in the United States all come with health warning labels on boxes—perhaps vendors should do the same in marketing and selling multi-rater assessments that are so commonly used by coaches, consultants and organizational practitioners. […]

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Circle of Trust or NOT: How to Keep the Confidentiality of 360-Degree Feedback

March 20, 2015 by Sandra Mashihi

“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” -Friedrich Nietzche Confidentiality is an important aspect of 360-degree feedback for both participants and respondents. It is necessary to ensure that everyone that participates feels able to answer honestly and candidly. If there are any doubts around […]

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Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 3/20/15

March 20, 2015 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 a wake-up call for HR, when to call in the coach, the evolution of […]

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Free Coaching Exercise: How I Want to Be Remembered

March 18, 2015 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: Assists clients to reflect on what would be said about them at their funeral. […]

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Leadership development and accountability

March 18, 2015 by Wally Bock

Dan may not be the most frustrating person I ever worked with, but he’s got to be in the running. I’m not using his real name because I hope he’s changed, but back when we were both starting out, he was a constant trial to work with. You wouldn’t have guessed if you just met […]

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Dangers of Open-Ended Questions to Participants in 360-Degree Feedback

March 16, 2015 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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The Secrets Vendors Won’t Tell You About 360 Feedback

March 15, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“The real secret of magic lies in the performance”  David Copperfield Multi-rater or 360-degree feedback, was used by approximately 90% of Fortune 500 companies last year. Under ideal circumstances, 360-degree feedback should be used as an assessment for professional development, rather than, evaluation1. Unfortunately, not all circumstances are ideal. Although popular, there are a number […]

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