Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 12/14/18

December 14, 2018 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 and AI, leadership development and training as investments, and evolving tech for leadership development.

From Forbes: How AI Will Groom A New Breed of ‘Super Managers’

“A growing number of AI applications, however, promise to drastically reduce business leaders’ workloads by taking over many of those low-value and repetitive tasks. By 2021, this shift will generate an estimated $2.9 billion in business value and save 6.2 billion hours of worker productivity, according to Gartner. The upshot: Managers will have more time to perform more valuable work. At the same time, they will be expected to move faster, fueled by data-driven insights for strategic decision making, and lead more effectively with the aid of AI-powered tools that can streamline productivity.”

The post above inspired my post, “Leadership Development and Artificial Intelligence.

From Craig Dearden-Phillips: Wise up – leadership development is an investment

“Looking back, I did this because I viewed the programme as a cost to my organisation rather than an investment in its future success. And even with my bursary safely in hand, I was still, up to that very conversation, fretfully listing all the ‘worthwhile’ things that my remaining outlay might achieve for our mission.”

From Ron Carucci: When Companies Should Invest in Training Their Employees — and When They Shouldn’t

“According to one industry report, U.S. companies spent over $90 billion dollars on training and development activities in 2017, a year-over-year increase of 32.5 %. While many experts emphasize the importance and benefits of employee development — a more competitive workforce, increased employee retention, and higher employee engagement — critics point to a painful lack of results from these investments. Ultimately, there is truth in both perspectives. Training is useful at times but often fails, especially when it is used to address problems that it can’t actually solve.”

From Kyle Freedman and Tierra Upshaw: Evolving Tech for 21st Century Leadership Development

“Take a look at a typical corporate workplace in 2018 and what do you see? Lots of open office space with trendy coffee machines and giant Jenga boards for decompressing? Check. Brightly painted walls accented by motivational posters and company-branded swag? Check. Corner offices filled with company leaders who are counting their days toward retirement? Check. Young professionals eyeing those same offices for their next opportunities, while at the same time needing the knowledge and skills to get there? Check and check!”

Wally Bock is a coach, a writer and President of Three Star Leadership.

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