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
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
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
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
Why employees are avoiding Training and eLearning in droves Consider the results of a Corporate Leadership Council survey of 1500 managers in 53 organizations around the world: 76% felt that their Learning and Development function was ineffective or very ineffective in helping them achieve business targets Only 14% would actively … Continue reading Training is a Dead End
The ultimate leadership development investment not only increases the capacity and capability of leaders but also provides a return to the organization in terms of meaningful results. We just completed a project with a client that achieved both. The Situation: A mature and growing business wanted to assure their continued success. … Continue reading Making a Difference: Intentional Development in Action
One benefit we often see from doing robust, objective Organization Capability Assessments is that we uncover hidden talent (Click here or here for more info on assessing talent). These are often employees that report to a leader that is not a good developer or promoter of talent. Or they have … Continue reading Finding Hidden Talent in Your Organization
Don’t get me wrong, effective and targeted communication from key leaders is important for any organization to be effective and engage its workforce. Communications are important . . . but not sufficient. What is more critical are the behaviors regularly exhibited by leaders and the impact of those behaviors. For … Continue reading Employees Remember 1% of What a Leader Says but 100% of What A Leader Does
Easy. Behavior comes first. And its not a chicken-or-the-egg kind of thing. The culture of an organization is first created by the behavior of its leaders that are then reflected across the organization. Employees remember about 1% of what a leader says but 100% of what a leader does. This means … Continue reading Which Comes First, Culture or Behavior?
The short answer is “Yes, but . . . “. The “but” being that most of the leadership development I come across does not achieve any kind of meaningful business impact. The long answer is, “Yes, if the development is properly designed around evidenced-based practices”. So much leadership development is really … Continue reading Is Leadership Development Worth It?