New Manager Development—Put Your Back Into It

New manager development in many organizations is ad hoc at best and non-existent at worst. And while short-term pressures often drive sudden decisions to move people into first-time manager roles, the potential for misfiring is high. For managers responsible for identifying and developing new managers, effort expended ahead of time in assessing the individual's fit for the role pays dividends for all parties. Of course, this takes some time and effort ahead of the need. As my old boss would say, "You have to put your back into it."

The High Cost of Feedback Left Unspoken

I fret over feedback poorly provided. I also recognize that not all feedback is worth listening to—a great deal depends upon the source and the motivations of the feedback giver. However, I worry a great deal about the incredible and immeasurable cost of important feedback never given. As Deming suggests, this value is unknown and unknowable. And that worries me.

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The Leadership Opportunity—Incredible Adventures in Creation Ahead

There's the practical dimension of leading where we focus on the grind-it-out, get-things-done-through-others heavy lifting. However, there's a higher-order opportunity with this work. The leadership opportunity is truly about the potential to create by working with the ultimate medium: the ideas and efforts of others.

Difficult Decisions and Challenging Conversations—The Stuff of Leadership (and Organization) Success

Difficult decisions and challenging conversations are inextricably linked. You don't get to the big decisions on strategy, structure, or talent without some tough discussions. Yet often, we as leaders fail to model the right behaviors. Here are eight ideas to help you and your team strengthen discussion and decision-making processes.

Leader: It’s Time to Develop Your Listening Muscle

One of the root causes of communication failure in the workplace is our inability to listen effectively. We're typically distracted by our own thoughts, striving to multi-task, or, we annoyingly step all over the messages of others. However, we can improve our listening skills, and in the process, solve more problems and build performance. This article offers nine ideas to help strengthen your listening muscle.

A Framework to Help Managers Develop Emerging Leaders

There are few activities in our organizations more important than developing emerging leaders. A healthy, full pipeline of leadership talent is essential to sustain success and navigate a complex world. The Foundation + 4 Pillars framework helps guide managers in pursuit of this critical work.

Developing the Whole Leader—The Clinic Approach

In a world where our organizations face a chronic shortage of leadership talent to navigate uncertainty and change, it's time to rethink our approach to leadership development. In this article, I suggest an alternative approach, the clinic model for leadership development. Consider this more a "What if?" prompter on finding new ways to address the whole-person and to integrate and sustain development over time.