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Leadership development is not about developing leaders

April 5, 2017 by Wally Bock

Leadership development has swallowed the “leader as superior being” Kool-Aid, putting the main emphasis on leadership skills and putting everything else in second place. Leadership development is about developing leadership skills, for sure, but that’s only part of the challenge. Our challenge is to help men and women prepare for and develop as people who […]




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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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Leadership development and coaching

June 1, 2016 by Wally Bock

Leadership development and coaching in the olden days Things are better now. In the long-ago times when I started in business, leadership development meant “find natural leaders and develop them.” Since the natural leaders you hired were like Mary Poppins, “practically perfect in every way,” you simply exposed them to more and more demanding leadership […]




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8 Questions Companies Must Ask Before Using 360-Degree Feedback

February 10, 2016 by Sandra Mashihi

This is the third post of an ongoing series on 360-Degree Feedback Best Practices. Let’s be honest — Not all organizations are “ready” for 360-degree feedback. All too often it gets introduced in the middle of a very large organizational change (e.g., merger or acquisition) or some other untimely organization-wide event. 8 key questions to […]




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Leadership development: Seeking the perfect CEO

October 8, 2014 by Wally Bock

You’d like Tom. Pretty much everybody does. He’s a people person with a great personality. He’s just finished his third, successful stint as a CEO. He’s a gourmet cook, a husband and father who’s got a good relationship with grown kids. He’s a happy guy, but hardly what the Economist would call a “philosopher king.” […]




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The Treachery of Language

December 24, 2013 by Wally Bock

I was reading David Jardin’s post, “Why You Really Need to Start Treating Talent Like Assets” when I came across the following. “When it comes down to it, companies treat talent as either assets or expenses.” Jardin’s point is that people are assets in the sense that you invest in them. They are sources of […]




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Making Sense of Big Data and HR

August 20, 2013 by Wally Bock

“I avoided every science or tech course I could in college. I’m lucky that my daughter is tech savvy, so I don’t have to worry about computer stuff at home. And now they want me to make sense of Big Data!” My friend is a senior HR executive at a big company. She knows that […]




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HR Tech for Me

June 18, 2013 by Wally Bock

Tech firms, top executives and pundits often portray technology as “The Universal Solution to All Problems.” Reality is more mundane and frustrating. Yesterday, I read an excellent article titled “The Future of HR Technology” at Human Resource Executive Online. It’s a great read if you want to read some deep thoughts about what’s coming. Let’s […]




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Behavior and Process

February 5, 2013 by Wally Bock

Derek Irvine wrote a fine article recently with the headline, “Meaningful Work? It’s Just as Important to Employees as a Paycheck.” Looking at the headline, you might think it refers to those “studies” that prove that people would rather die than give a speech. That didn’t happen here. Derek was careful in his conclusions. “That’s […]




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Let Employees Nap (On the Job) To Increase Performance

January 13, 2013 by Ken Nowack

“The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more.” Wilson Mizener     We all seem to be working longer and harder with health, sleep and mood being affected. Research by Sylvia Ann-Hewlett and Caroyl Luce show that 62% of high earning individuals work more than 50 hours per week, 35% […]




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