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5 Reasons Your Performance Management Conversations May Fail

Posted by Katherine Stowe on Nov 17, 2016 11:23:46 AM

Every year organizations invest thousands of man-hours in the annual performance review. And yet, despite all this effort, all too often employees walk away dissatisfied and demotivated.

Why? One big reason is that, for an employee, performance management is often less about the process, the form, or the final ranking.

For each of them, it is more about the quality of the ongoing conversation between them and their boss. And unfortunately many managers are not good at having these conversations.

  


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Topics: Growing Leaders

How the Most Successful Sports Team of All Time Uses Shared Leadership

Posted by Gavin Fenn-Smith on Nov 10, 2016 12:14:48 PM

Are the All Blacks the most successful sports team in the history of sports? Any team, any sport, anywhere in the world? Some say so. The All Blacks (The New Zealand men's rugby team) are the best side to have ever played that sport; three times world champions, with a 77% win record stretching back 100 years. They have not lost on home soil since 2009.


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Topics: Developing Leadership Teams, Growing Leaders

Applying the KISS Principle to Executive Development

Posted by Peter Thies on Sep 13, 2016 4:10:37 PM

There’s an inherent paradox in the development of CEO succession candidates. On the one hand, the developmental degree of difficulty is high at the executive level. But at the same time, the capacity of top executives to invest in their professional development is inherently limited given the intense demands on their time. There are simply too many priorities, meetings, and initiatives to attend to.

So how do you help executives who can benefit from deep development insights, yet are trapped in the “ADD” world of today’s business climate?


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Topics: Advising CEOs, Growing Leaders

How to Become a Leader? Do Leadership Work.

Posted by Gavin Fenn-Smith on Aug 30, 2016 10:56:35 AM
This is a review of "Act Like A Leader, Think Like A Leader," by Herminia Ibarra, published by HBR Press.

Contrary to much received wisdom about how to develop your leadership skills; this book exhorts you to spend less time on introspection and self-analysis, and much more time learning to do the work that leaders do. Starting with introspection has the danger of rooting you in your current self-perception, rather than in your potential. And you won’t know your potential until you start doing the work of a leader. Start doing the work of a leader, then reflect on it and on how you handle it, later. 


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Topics: Growing Leaders

Making a Leader...Lessons from the Olympics

Posted by Ana Maria Sencovici on Aug 26, 2016 11:08:06 AM

It’s Olympics season, and performance is top of mind for everyone. It’s also a wonderful time to remember that the amazing athletes we are seeing train all the time, for a long time, to perfect their craft. Further, according to this Scientific American article, the right coach can make or break an athlete.

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Topics: Advising CEOs, Growing Leaders

Don't Leave Learning on the Table with This Simple Trick

Posted by Ana Maria Sencovici on Aug 16, 2016 10:25:48 AM

Learning…it’s the holy grail to maintaining competitive advantage, for individuals and organizations alike. Billions of dollars
(yes, with a “B”) are spent each year by consumers and creators of learning systems, arguably with little to show for it.

Heroic efforts are underway to shift the corporate focus away from formal to informal learning: from programmatic, top-down, scheduled “events” to just-in-time, socially-connected, employee-driven development chunks. The goal of these efforts is to create a learning culture for the organization as a whole. But what does that mean exactly?

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Topics: Growing Leaders

Brain Implants for our Future Leadership?

Posted by Sally Ann Jones on Jul 5, 2016 12:50:06 PM

Are we seriously suggesting a brain implant for our future leaders to help them get ahead?

Prominent business leaders like Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM and Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon agree artifical intelligence will impact decision making within the next 20 years. 

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Topics: Growing Leaders

A Practical Example of Leading HiPos to Victory

Posted by Sally Ann Jones on Jun 21, 2016 1:14:23 PM

When the pressure is off and expectations are managed, underachievers with potential flourish.

Last month we witnessed one of the biggest upsets in global sporting history. 

Claudio Ranieri, a coach with 28 years experience in five different countries, led Leicester, an English football club, to a top division title for the first time in his career and in their history.

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Topics: Growing Leaders

The Surprising Way to Develop Leadership Talent

Posted by Ana Maria Sencovici on May 24, 2016 11:11:39 AM

If you are in charge of developing leadership talent, what could be the highest return on your time and resources?  

Conventional wisdom says that the eldest child in a family is "smartest" because she has the most attention time from parents as an only child. Yet, research shows this is all wrong.

In fact, the eldest child has the greatest opportunity to teach the younger siblings. Because of this "teaching time," she is able to solidify her own learning.

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Topics: Growing Leaders

5 Steps to Boost Your Leadership Bench

Posted by Gavin Fenn-Smith on Apr 27, 2016 1:48:57 PM

As temporary stewards of the organization, senior executives have a duty to investors, staff, and other stakeholders.

They are obliged to safeguard the long-term health of the organization by ensuring it is stocked with future generations of leaders.

How do you do that if you are a senior executive? One of the best ways is by actively and personally committing time, energy, and focus to developing those future stewards.

Following these 5 steps can help each senior leader develop his or her leadership pipeline:

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Topics: Growing Leaders