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The Man and the Butterfly recounts how a man finds a cocoon and monitors its progress. One day, he notices that a small opening has appeared in the cocoon and he watches the butterfly struggle, without success, to force its body through the tiny hole. Overcome with a desire to help, the man Continue Reading…Filed under Leadership Development | Comment (0)
The world of work is changing faster than ever and the old rules of business are losing relevance. No longer does money or technology guarantee growth and productivity. We are in the Human Age, where people are the real agents of business success. Leaders around the world are struggling with accelerating leadership development Continue Reading…Filed under Talent Management | Comment (0)
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made headlines late last year when he conducted a live Q&A session with Chinese university students entirely in Mandarin. His embrace of their language was a huge success. Suddenly, the axiom that English is the international language of business seemed very dated. Zuckerberg professed personal reasons for learning Mandarin Continue Reading…Filed under Talent Management | Comment (0)
As we head into annual performance reviews, every people manager could benefit by remembering that coaching is a critical part of the process. In my earlier post — Dreading Performance Reviews? Join the Club. I distinguished between the directing and coaching mindset and identified five skills essential to effective performance coaching: Maintaining and enhancing Continue Reading…Filed under Talent Development | Comment (1)
The headline in the Washington Post told the whole story: “Study finds that basically every single person hates performance reviews.” Thanks goodness. I thought I was the only one. The article was commenting on a research study in which university staffers were asked to rate their feelings about an earlier performance review. Continue Reading…Filed under Talent Development | Comment (1)
Being a manager is not the easiest job in the world. “Thank you, Captain Obvious,” I hear you mutter. Seriously, it’s important to recognize what a tough role it is and that since the economic downturn and sweeping workforce changes that followed, it’s become even crazier. As managers, we’ve learned to operate with Continue Reading…Filed under Talent Development | Comments (2)
I consult on talent management and the most common question I get from clients, friends, and even people I meet playing golf is: “What do you think about strengths-based development?” Maybe, like these people, you’ve read the books on strengths-based development or taken a personal survey to identify your talents. Based on workplace Continue Reading…Filed under Leadership Development, Talent Assessment, Talent Management | Comment (1)
In my previous blog Are You Getting Women in the Door but Not on the Elevator, I discussed why traditional career progression pathways are not serving women well, and seven ways organizations can begin to change the status quo. Since then, I’ve taken part in several forums on women and leadership. I’ve listened Continue Reading…Filed under Leadership Development | Comment (0)
Think about this. A leader holds a meeting that lasts 1 hour. The comments made by this leader are so destructive that a 2-hour “water cooler” discussion among 3 or 4 employees ensues. After venting and complaining, each employee returns to work 1/2 as enthusiastic as before and 2x as likely to look for Continue Reading…Filed under Leadership Development, Talent Management | Comment (0)
In a 2013 study of how companies assess their high potential talent and senior executives, the authors noted that 82% of respondents said they used assessments to guide development of high potentials, while only 50% used assessments to identify high-potential individuals. This finding is not surprising to those of us who consult on Continue Reading…Filed under Leadership Development, Talent Management | Comment (0)