How We Learn: Reflecting on the Importance of Reflection

We learn the skills that are critical for success in any career, at any level, not in a classroom but from navigating a wide range and variety of experiences – fixing something that’s broken, working with a whole new team of people, starting up something from scratch, taking a “stretch” … Continue reading How We Learn: Reflecting on the Importance of Reflection

The 3 Keys to a Successful Career Transition: Let Go, Preserve, Add On

Research has shown that 4 out of 10 leaders fail in the first 18 months in a new position.  To avoid this potential derailment, I work with leaders-in-transition to basically reinvent themselves at each career shift . This means that at each career change there are: New skills that must … Continue reading The 3 Keys to a Successful Career Transition: Let Go, Preserve, Add On

The Career Success Equation

I was working with a large technical firm on a strategic planning project. We had assigned one team of high-potential engineer/leaders to explore one key strategic topic – the role that culture plays in the current and future success of the enterprise. After careful research, the team created a great … Continue reading The Career Success Equation

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

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

Training is a Dead End

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

Making a Difference: Intentional Development in Action

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