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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Hard Skills Are Only Half the Price of Entry

Organizations have been paying only half the price of entry when moving managers through the leadership pipeline. According to a 2016 Gallup poll, only 18% of managers demonstrate an aptitude for effectively managing others. This means a staggering number of companies are functioning far below potential.

If 82% of managers aren't effectively leading their people, consider how many companies aren't effectively operating their businesses. Tom Roth, President and Chief Operating Officer of Wilson Learning Worldwide, writes: "When history points to great failures and great successes of companies, it often points to the character of the leader."

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This Industry Insight article is provided by Wilson Learning. To download the e-book, "Mastering the Role of Leader: A Definitive Guide for Developing Leaders at AII Levels of Your Organization," visit https://www.wilsonlearning.com/wlw/go/leader or call 800.328.7937.

Soapbox: Career Courage

By Bill Treasurer, Founder, Giant Leap Consulting
I am a big ’fraidy cat. From my knee-shaking fear of heights to my tongue-stammering fear of authority figures, I live a life that seems imbued with fear. You may find it surprising, then, that I am a professional courage-builder. My personal mission, and the mission of the courage-building company I founded a decade ago, is to help people and organizations be more courageous.

Where Will We Find the Leaders for Our Future?

By Brad Mason, Training Account Manager, Signature Worldwide Where will we find the leaders of tomorrow, what will we use to determine a successful leader, and how will we measure the success of our choice for the next great Legendary Leader?

A Homegrown HR Philosophy

By Alan Wurtzel In 1949, Samuel S. Wurtzel opened the first Wards Company retail store in Richmond, VA. By 1959, Wards Company operated four television and home appliance stores in Richmond. Wards Company officially changed its name to Circuit City and became listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1984. Human Resource Policies

Employee First Impressions: A モMulligan,ヤ Please?

By Cary Schuler, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, cfactor I always love self-righteously claiming my right of a “Mulligan” as it’s often referred to in golf. You didn’t like that drive? No worries, just tee up another ball and try again… Unfortunately, Mulligans don’t work so well in our professional lives.

Seasoned! Lessons for and from Leaders

By Bonnie Hagemann, CEO, Executive Development Associates (EDA),and Saundra Stroope, Talent Management and Organizational Development Manager, ATK Resolute look Silver streaks Confident gait Crow’s feet

Is V-Learning Better Than C-Learning?

By Michael Leimbach, Ph.D., Wilson Learning As a provider of both classroom-based learning programs (c-learning) and programs delivered virtually (v-learning), we often are asked by our clients which is better at producing the desired learning and performance outcomes.

New York Lifeメs Manager Pathway

By Margery Weinstein New York Life Insurance Company (NYL) provides a path for its budding leaders—a “Management Pathway,” that is. This series of courses was designed specifically to help new managers and supervisors, as well as experienced managers, develop the skills needed as a manager and leader at NYL. These Pathway programs:

Next-Level Storytelling

By Doug Stevenson Why do you think Malcolm Gladwell is so successful? All three of his books, “The Tipping Point,” “Blink,” and most recently “Outliers—The Story of Success,” are best sellers. The answer lies in the subtitle of his most recent book, “The Story of Success.” Malcolm is a synthesizer, a pattern recognizer. After he’s done his research and compiled lots of examples to illustrate the points he wants to make, he writes his books by telling stories. He’s a good storyteller.

Empathy: The Guidance System

By Herb Greenberg, Ph.D., and Patrick Sweeney The first key quality we found to be of critical importance to sales success is empathy. Empathy is the ability to read others. It’s knowing what drives them. It’s being able to intuit their strengths, limitations, potential, and motivations. Empathy is the ability to pick up the subtle clues and cues provided by others in order to accurately assess what they are thinking and feeling.

Maximize Coaching by Utilizing an Executiveメs Network

By Sean Tierney, VP, Activate Networks What makes for a worthwhile executive coaching engagement? Personality inventories and 360-degree reviews long have been standard fare for coaches, but now there’s a tool that provides detailed information about what may be an executive’s most critical resource: his or her network of relationships. Many professionals have used this tool—Personal Network Assessment (PNA)—to look beyond the larger organization to their own networks of professional and personal ties.

Why Doesnメt EVERY Organization Use Performance Improvement?

By Dick Handshaw, President, Handshaw, Inc. This has been a challenging year for internal training departments. Our company has seen many organizations go through major reorganizations in 2012. And with every reorganization, we have seen layoffs of trainers and instructional designers. Where is the role of performance consulting in these organizations? In many cases, it has been difficult to find evidence of a performance improvement effort.

Is Everyone a Candidate for Coaching?

By Dr. Stephen A. Laser
When faced with a potentially problematic hire, organizations must face a difficult decision. They can either reject the candidate outright based on the findings from the initial hiring process or they can bring the person onboard and coach him or her in the hope that the person’s behavior will change for the better.

Effective Leadership Development

As part of Brandon Hall’s Analyst Insight program, it received a recent member question concerning leadership development. The member wanted to know the benefits or disadvantages of creating a GE-style leadership program that takes recent MBA graduates and rotates them through the organization for a year or more with a focus on learning an organization’s culture and succession planning. The idea sounds great—but what works for GE may very well be a disaster for a smaller, less global organization.

How to Incentivize Your Multicultural Sales Team

By Christian Arno, Founder, Lingo24 Here’s a question for you: Is your sales staff motivated and performing at its best? If you didn’t respond with an emphatic “Yes!” you’re not alone. No matter how highly you value your staff, when it comes to performance, there is almost always room for improvement.

From Corporate Communications to Organizational Conversation

Not so long ago, power within organizations came from the commands of top executives. Leaders drove performance by devising strategic objectives, which they translated into directives that passed down to employees, whose job was merely to take orders and to act on those orders. Today that model has fallen apart.

Building a Global Training Program: Content and Instructional Design

By Jennifer Lawrence, Founder, Cambridge Corporate Training Once a company decides to pursue a global training program and reaches shared agreement on how to define and develop the initiative, the instructional design team can take the next step: deciding what content to offer and how to design instruction to deliver it. Perhaps the most important topic for a global training program—and thus, an excellent place to begin—is communication. This article explains:

Home Loan Program Can Help Attract and Retain Employees

By Dianne Wasson, Vice President & Affinity Lending Manager, HomeStreet Bank Back in the early 1990s, the city of Seattle faced a challenge. Due to the high costs of living in the city, police and fire department employees were forced to live in surrounding suburbs and neighboring cities, resulting in lengthier commutes. For these critical employees, response time—and hence proximity—was an issue.

Why Study Business in Italy?

By Ray Shaw and Michael Chiariello, Founders, Internships Italia There is little doubt of the value of studying abroad. This is particularly true for U.S. students who are aware of emergence of a new order in the Third Millennium. As a recent federal study reports, “Modern science, technology, and the internationalization of labor and commerce are changing the established order of things.”

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