Intentional Development: You Can’t Be It Until You See It

One factor that we often in find in failing leadership development programs is when companies employ a long , complex list of “key” leadership competencies. On their own, each competency makes sense but, in total, the complexity creates confusion and results in development efforts that don’t have an impact on … Continue reading Intentional Development: You Can’t Be It Until You See It

Intentional Leadership Development: Build It In, Don’ Bolt It On

We often begin Leadership Development discussions by asking the question, “What occurred in your past that makes a difference in how you lead today?”. We’ve probably asked this 100 times and the results are always the same. Leaders report that they learned meaningful skills by navigating a variety of challenging … Continue reading Intentional Leadership Development: Build It In, Don’ Bolt It On

Intentional Leadership Development: Have a Planned and Targeted Impact

One of the essentials we espouse to help cure the The Sad State of Leadership Development is to assure that any initiative begins by framing the development in a manner that clearly links outcomes to effort, linking “Why is this important?”  to “How is this accomplished?”.  This framing sets the stage … Continue reading Intentional Leadership Development: Have a Planned and Targeted Impact

What Ben Franklin Knew About Leadership Development

Since his birthday was in January, there was a recent flurry of articles and posts about olde Ben Franklin.  One of the articles referred to the character development system that Ben created at the age of 20. In his autobiography, Ben attributed much of his success to regularly focusing on … Continue reading What Ben Franklin Knew About Leadership Development

Leadership Development and Business Performance: Proving the Link

I’ve had several occasions over the years when executives have asked me whether the time, effort and dollars invested in leadership development makes as difference. My answer is always a qualified, “Yes”, if the leadership development focus and approach is built from the company’s strategy (and not the latest fad) … Continue reading Leadership Development and Business Performance: Proving the Link

The Sad State of Leadership Development – and a Solution

It’s estimated that U.S. companies spend over $14 billion annually on leadership development. Match that number to the abundant and growing research that finds most leadership development to be ineffective and the conclusion is a phenomenal amount of waste. A 2015 study by the Brandon Hall Group found that 81% … Continue reading The Sad State of Leadership Development – and a Solution

Uncovering Your Company’s Top Talent

Your best source of top talent may be right under your nose. I’m often impressed by the results of a robust talent assessment process. Invariably, organizations that take the time and effort to do effective talent assessments create a clear picture of the overall capability of their organization. Invariably, robust … Continue reading Uncovering Your Company’s Top Talent

Why It’s Critical to Be Even Better at Firing Than Hiring

During a tour of Google headquarters in 2014, our host described the impressive amount of time and effort the entire company put into hiring the best talent. However, he went on to proudly state that Google was even better at firing people. Why would the world’s #2 Most Admired Company … Continue reading Why It’s Critical to Be Even Better at Firing Than Hiring

The New Talent Equation: Hire Slow, Lead Easy, Develop Intentionally, Fire Fast

In 2014, I had the privilege of visiting Facebook headquarters to learn how this rapidly growing and innovative firm leverages talent to drive results.  When we were talking about their approach to talent, our host said that Facebook, “hires slow, manages easy and fires fast.”  My reaction was, “Wow! That’s a brilliant … Continue reading The New Talent Equation: Hire Slow, Lead Easy, Develop Intentionally, Fire Fast