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Can a manager be an effective coach? Some (often, professional coaches) say that they can’t and shouldn’t, because they have too much of a vested interest in the outcome of the coaching and couldn’t possibly be neutral enough to hold back on their opinions.
Then again, a lot of managers think they are already coaching when what they are really doing is a lot of teaching, advising and telling — or, worst case, micromanaging (think Pointy Haired Boss from “Dilbert”).[…] Continue Reading »
If you’re in a senior leadership role in a large organization, there’s a good chance there is a succession plan for your position in case you get promoted, win the lottery, get hit by a bus, leave for another company or need to be replaced for poor performance.
In smart companies, an orderly replacement of high-level, critical positions is considered to be strategically important to the continued success of the company.[…] Continue Reading »
In all of the work I’ve done in management development over the last 20-plus years, if I had to pick the one thing that managers at all levels either won’t do, can’t do, should do or could do it better, it’s having the will and skill to sit down with an employee and have the tough conversation about performance.[…] Continue Reading »
“The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.” — Martina Navratilova
“The biggest differentiator of companies that excel in leadership development is the commitment and ownership of the CEO or top executive.” — Dan McCarthy
Don’t you hate it when people quote themselves?
It’s easy for a “chicken” CEO to just pay lip service to leadership development.[…] Continue Reading »
The year 2013 has begun, and with it a new year of scrutinizing CEO performance. It’s worth taking one last look at 2012′s poor performers to see what we can learn for this year.
In case you haven’t seen one yet, here’s a compilation of the 2012 lists:
Sydney Finkelstein, a professor at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, has been doing his list for three years now.[…] Continue Reading »