This is just a quick note to thank Laurie MacDonald from MacDonaldConsultants for hosting a wonderful leadership panel on 18 May at the Centre Club Tampa sponsored by The Suncoast Business Leaders organization.
How to Screw-up Leadership Development
Are you out there? Anybody?
Is this thing on?
I really want to be that motivator guy. You know, the guy that runs around and pumps everyone up. I want to throw those pithy motivational quotes that seem deep and meaningful, but also contradict each other. I’d sound really wise and clever. I wouldn’t give actionable advice, but that’s OK since I couldn’t be held accountable.
I can’t be that guy, at least not this time. Stick with the evidence because the numbers don’t lie.
I hate to do it, but I have to throw statistics at you…
- In 2012 US companies spent $14 billion on leadership development.
- In a 2014 benchmark study from Development Dimensions International, corporate leaders and HR professionals were asked to judge the overall quality of their organization’s leadership.
- 40% of leaders judged the quality as high.
- 25% of HR judged the quality as high.
If you accept the judgement of the people responsible, then between 60% and 70% of $14 billion is wasted.
In my opinion… you C-suite people are the problem. Continue reading
Leadership is Like a Good Suit
(Or The Fallacy of Leadership Style)
There are a lot of articles and posts written on the subject of leadership style. Most of it is based on a faulty premise: you are your leadership style and your leadership style is you.
In other words, people are led to believe that they are defined by their leadership style and they should hone that style into a sharp cutting tool. However, a sharp tool is not always the best for every job.
“One Style to Rule Them All”
Cooperation over Compliance
When you are in a position of authority, what is the best use of your time? How do you get more leadership bang for the buck?
One of my leadership principles is to create a healthy organizational culture. I think the best way to convey the message is to cultivate cooperation from people instead of enforcing compliance. Continue reading