Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 8/5/16

August 5, 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 business book clubs, why you should help employees learn, hiring great leaders, and Kroger’s retention strategy.

From Ginni Chen: Encouraging Workplace Reading

“An increasing number of companies are implementing workplace reading programs and book clubs. Reading is becoming integral to many company cultures, with good reason – studies show that reading has significant benefits for employee development, which in turn can benefit the company. Reading is linked to improved vocabulary, general world knowledge, and abstract reasoning abilities. Studies show that cracking a book can reduce stress, can increase emotional intelligence, and can improve communicative skills.”

Bob Morris does a couple of business book reviews every week. Over the course of forty years he’s run several book clubs. Read his post “About business book clubs” for some field-tested tips on how to do it well.

From Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Mara Swan: It’s the Company’s Job to Help Employees Learn

“In other words, higher career security is a function of employability, and that in turn depends on learnability. Thus Eric Schmidt notes that a major pillar in Google’s recruitment strategy is to hire ‘learning animals,’ while EY recruiters observe that ‘to be a standout, candidates need to demonstrate technical knowledge in their discipline, but also a passion for asking the kind of insightful questions that have the power to unlock deeper insights and innovation for our clients.’”

From Chris Edmonds: Hire great leaders with these tips

“My experience and research indicates that an aligned culture with caring leaders boosts employee engagement by 40 percent, customer service by 40 percent, and results and profits by 35 percent. That’s a powerful, positive impact. How can you hire more genuine, caring, inspiring leaders? During your interview process, don’t focus exclusively on past accomplishments or accolades – focus equally on these tips:”

Kroger’s mantra: Take a job, stay for a career

“Join for a job, stay for a career. It’s a mantra Kroger is using more as it lures new hires to fuel the Downtown-based grocer’s continued growth. Kroger jobs are growing more varied as the world’s third-largest retailer moves deeper into new territories, such as e-commerce and consumer insights.”

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

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