Trust and Truth. The two things I believe leaders need to be building and leveraging every day. Now it is supported by research and tied to behaviors every people-centered leader should be focused on practicing. Here is a free study guide for a group of leaders to use to read the article and translate it into action. My core value is Learning + Doing = Growth. This is a gift for you that I guarantee will have an impact on your effectiveness as a leader.
Time for a Career Check-up?
Stephen Covey called it “Sharpening the Saw.” It is that time when we step back and take a look at where we have been, where we are, and where we are going.
The ONE key to performance
Everyone is a leader. More correctly, everyone has a chance to lead each day in all aspects of their life. It is your choice, so what is your answer? I work on helping leaders to lead more effectively, and I believe leadership is a partnership, so getting teams to work together is critical to effective leadership. Here are 5 tips for helping people manage their career and performance. The title should be – 5 Tips to help you lead from wherever you sit in the organization.
Development: Fun vs Easy, and 3 Tips For Leaders To Make It More Fun
Professional development is a lot like golf, and to make talent management work we have to figure out a way to make work more fun. Here are 3 Tips for making development more fun, and it involves a leader going first and making it safe for people to explore and learn while they work. Developing talent in an organization is about making practice part of the work, and leadership plays a key role in doing that.
Learning and 2014
Does learning = reading a book? I would say no, and here are two ways reading gets in the way of development and 2 ways to get development without reading a book – one for you and one for your team. Development and positive change happens when we have thoughtful conversations that lead to meaningful actions, and result in higher performance. That is an effective talent management strategy.
Ingredient #1: Owning your development
Talent management is about great conversations. One conversation that is powerful is around career development. Looking into the future to plan a career or commit to mastery is exciting, and not easy. Personal ownership is the big key to success, and that is step 1. Here are some tips for owning your own career development and some books/resources that might help.
New word for your leadership toolbox – Capacity
Talent management is about great conversations. One topic that should be part of every conversation is our capacity and how it is being stretched, grown, shared in the work that we do. Leadership development is about helping leaders do it for themselves and using that experience to become capacity planners for their team. What is leadership? One answer is being a capacity developer of talent.
You don’t need more data
Talent management is about great conversations. I have used the Strengthsfinder assessment to facilitate the start of over 500 of these conversations. Now you can get more data from Gallup on the Strengthsfinder assessment, but you do not need more data. Here is why.
5 Key Outcomes – Individual Development Plan Conversation
Talent management is about great conversations between a leader and a follower over time. I use the talent scorecard to help leaders assess their own habits and get some feedback on where they need to start. The lack of development plans are one item that has emerged as a major gap in the habits of leaders. To understand the benefits of investing time into this effort, here are 5 key outcomes that happen when we make development plans a habit.
Our Talent / Self Awareness Language – Have One?
Talent management is a conversation. Here are three questions you might have and books to read that will help you explore and find answers. The backdrop of the whole talent management conversation is self awareness and community. Here are two tools that will help create the awareness you need as an individual and sharing it with others will create the community you will need to support your own journey.
My Top Shelf – Books that I love
Everyone has a list of books that are favorites. Here is my list that encompasses leadership development, individual development, self-awareness, friendship, and making a choice to make a difference. Talent management for each of us is about chosing to continue to learn and to know what our foundation of talent, passions, and the rewards that mean the most to us.
Leadership Development Starts – BEFORE you lead
David Baker wrote a book to help new managers make their transition successful. As I read Managing Right For The First Time in preparation for writing a review, I will share things that make me go Hmmmm. Some thoughts are around leadership development, while some are just about self awareness or individual development. This is about starting your development before you lead.