A remarkable amount of time, effort, and money has been devoted to the study of leadership. Despite all this research, there is little agreement about exactly what leadership is.
Still, people know effective leadership when they see it. ...
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It happened again yesterday. A friend and I were talking about leadership over lunch when he commented, “What the world needs is more people like Steve Jobs.” I almost gagged on my soup.
There are countless executive coaches I would never hire for myself, no matter how wise, insightful, dynamic or experienced. Admittedly, I’m a hard guy to please, so what I require might not be a good guide for others. However, if a coach ...Read more
“Everything you need to know about leadership, diversity and most other things in life can be learned in your family, the first human capital engagement.”
The second day of the 8th annual HCI Summit is off to a fantastic start. We were treated to a keynote from Colleen McCreary, Chief People Officer at Zynga. McCreary shared the highs and lows of a young, energetic company and their talent challenges. For Zynga to keep their smart talent, they had to have leaders keep their focus on talent from the very beginning – the CEO challenged McCreary to ensure leaders spent 20% of their time on talent building. No matter the threats and changes, McCreary was always able to go back to that vision.
Next up after McCreary, Liz Wiseman, author of Multipliers, gave an energetic presentation of her findings that stemmed from the question, why do some leaders get more from their people and others don’t? Turns out that multiplier leaders don’t just get more from their people, they get two times more intelligence from their people for FREE. How?
For the record, I am not a basketball fan and I do not particularly like using sports examples in my writing. Sometimes, however, witnessing an event and sharing the ensuing insight compels me to make an exception. This is one of those times.
Look around your organization right now – in the cubicles and down the hallways, in meeting rooms and labs, on the factory floor – any place where people work you will find enormous untapped potential waiting to be developed, waiting to be Unleashed! This is the job of the Leader as Coach. This is your job.