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Measuring Leadership

The impact of a toxic executive can be substantial, including the loss of star employees and departments that fail to reach business goals. Well-liked but ineffective leaders can be equally damaging, impeding a company’s profitability.

Leadership development programs are commonplace; less commonplace is an effective way to measure if they work. Companies are making an effort to determine whether and how leaders—and their organizations—are benefiting from these programs.

Build Trust

An employer can be a force to fear, or a force for trust and cooperation. More companies are discovering ways—including specific training—to build trust with their employees, fostering greater productivity and higher employee retention in the process.

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: AGILITY - THE MISSING LINK IN EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT

Agile. Nimble. Resilient. If organizations want to keep up with an ever-evolving world of work, these are the types of people they need to hire, retain, and, most importantly, develop. But how can organizations continue to support their employees’ growth and success in a rapidly changing workplace? The key is agile employee development.

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What Switches On Self-Interest, and Switches Off Company Interests?

By David Gebler Most leaders already know that to achieve superior results they must foster a healthy corporate culture grounded in strong values. This should be easy—most employees already share the same values their companies endorse. So why is it so hard? Why is it that in most organizations their corporate culture works against high performance and top results?

Put Culture First and Forever

By Robert Reiss and Jeff Fox There are three sustaining factors in business: winning culture, marketing, and innovation. That’s it. Three factors. Marketing is the identification, attraction, getting and keeping of okay customers. Innovation is creating new products, new ideas, new ways, new processes, new anything.

Leaders’ Decision-Making: A Blended Approach

By Dr. Jay McNaught, Senior Manager, Leadership Development, Pfizer Animal Health, and Cliff Hebard, Principal Consultant, Hebard & Associates Corporate Learning Systems, LLC Decision-making as a stand-alone leadership development topic seems to generate less interest—on the surface, at least—than other topics. One cause may be the persistent beliefs that decisions are made either (a.) logically or (b.) intuitively, but not both. On the contrary, research suggests that:

Don’t Just Say It, Convey It

By David Lapin The foundation of robust communication rests more on the ability to hear than on the capacity to speak. Communication is ineffective if it isn’t heard, no matter how eloquent the speech. As leaders, we need to hear our people, but equally important, we need to make sure the people we lead are hearing us. This applies on a day-to-day level, but is particularly important when having a serious conversation with an individual about his or her performance.

How-To: Journal the Journey

By Jason Womack, MEd, MA, Founder and CEO, The Jason Womack Company
We love to read about life. We talk about what happened, who’s doing what, and where people are going. One look at the newsstand in a bookstore or airport and the headlines of what people did compete for your attention!

Learning to Get the Most from a Performance Chain

By Chris LaVictoire Mahai
In the animal world, the food chain is the most critical driving force. In the business world, it’s the performance chain—defined as allthe tangibleand intangibleelements that have to move from the moment you trigger demand until you have cash in the bank; allthe ins and outs that have to work together and align to your target customer experience to drive the outcomes you want.

Onboarding as Part of Talent Management Strategy

Big or small, every company has to onboard new employees. Some organizations manage the process better than others. A select few take onboarding to the next level and integrate their onboarding program into their talent management process. The result of this integration is that onboarding becomes a key component of a company’s talent strategy.

Using 3-D Animated Video for Workforce Training

By Joelle Scheldorf Media designer Ruben Jauregui studies one of two widescreen computer displays on his desk. It shows an image of an industrial machine, dense with rollers, servomotors, and other mechanical components. “It’s called an Embosser,” Jauregui explains. “It’s used for combining two paper plies together. This model took me three weeks to make. It can take less, but this one was pretty complicated.”

Better Training Through Show, Not Tell

By Frank Ryle, PMP, Senior Trainer, International Institute for Learning, Inc. “You need to be able to show us and not tell us what we need to know.” This was probably the biggest tip I ever received early in my career as a corporate trainer in project management.

The Changing Face of Training

By Paul Glover When managers decide to train their employees, they are sometimes disappointed when their efforts fail. This happens because managers don’t always train employees on the skills that are most essential for moving the company forward.  

Where Are Your New Leaders Coming From?

By Michael Leimbach, Ph.D., Vice President of Global Research and Design, Wilson Learning Worldwide, and Barb Taruscio, Senior Consultant

Mission Impossible

By Guy L. Smith IV, Executive Vice President, Diageo North America, and the Diageo North America Corporate Relations Team How many times in your life has someone said to you, “You can’t do that; that’s impossible”? You just can’t do it!” A parent? A teacher? A coach? A colleague at work? Your boss? “It’s impossible to do that. No one has ever done that.” “You can never go faster than the speed of sound.” “Man cannot fly.”

What Business Acumen Can Do for You

By Kevin Cope, Founder, Acumen Learning Years ago a colleague of mine was consulting with a group of senior NASA managers at Cape Canaveral. He tried to explain, in simple terms, an organizational change strategy. The managers seemed confused. In an effort to clarify, he said, “Please don’t make this more complicated than it is. It’s not rocket science.” To which they sincerely answered, “We wish it were. We’d understand it better!”

Supercompetent Speaking: Before and After Tips

By Laura Stack, MBA, CSP As professional speakers, it’s our goal to implant our messages firmly in our listeners’ minds. But some research indicates that 90 percent of audience members forget every brilliant thing you uttered within 30 days. To use a computing analogy, if the speech’s underlying message doesn’t get written into long-term storage, then new experiences eventually crowd it out of the listener’s short-term memory buffer.

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