The Importance of Onboarding in Creating a Learning Environment

The world of work is changing rapidly, and organizations can’t expect to rely on outdated ways to build capabilities to keep up. In particular, formal learning, training, and development approaches have failed to help shift skills and behavior to create new ways of working. As a result, organizations turn to hiring leaders from the outside to build new capabilities. While bringing in new leaders can have an impact on an organization, there is still a need to intentionally shift how work gets done by having employees learn on the job.

Managing Power at The Top

I remember one of my first CEO coaching assignments. The executive was accomplished but overly confident. Pondering how to make an impact with him, I called a mentor who had advised CEOs for more than 30 years. He suggested helping the CEO “figure out how to manage all that power.” At that time, I thought the comment was interesting, but I did not fully understand the magnitude of the advice being shared with me until later.

The Power of Storytelling for Leaders

We often do an exercise with leaders called Moments that Matter. It’s simple and yet remarkably powerful in shifting how people interact with one another. Throughout the experience, leaders have an opportunity to do two things. First, they take the time to reflect on their lives in a way that makes them pause and ask: Who am I? Why am I this way? In a world where the opportunity to connect with who we are is limited, it is a lovely reminder that there are reasons why we get up every day and reasons why we lead and engage with others the way we do.

What Do We Mean by Development Mindset?

A key predictor of executives’ success lies beyond their prior performance, their current talents, and their experience. We refer to it as their development mindset. Some executives have less or none of this mindset. They are difficult to develop and might be described as “what you see is what you get.” They may work hard but will not work differently when their role changes or when they are in a different role. In either case, their continued success calls for a change in their approach to leading, but they do not change: they work harder but not smarter.

You Are What You Say: Language Reveals Personality?

Organizations have many tools at their disposal to identify and develop talented employees, such as psychometric assessments, structured interviews, and 360 performance appraisals. Although these tools are supported by a plethora of scientific research that demonstrates their predictive power and practical utility, they can be criticized for being time consuming, unengaging, and expensive.

Foolish Things Leaders Do

Over the weekend, we celebrated a very important holiday on everyone's calendar: April Fools’ Day.  In honor of the season, here are some foolish things we’ve seen even the savviest leaders do. We know you’re no fool. You’re insightful and decisive. You blow away your quarterly goals while keeping your company well positioned for the next few decades. Your team loves you, and you are a snappy dresser. So fill up that Best Boss Ever mug and read on, thinking about people you know who may need this advice.

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