Given that most development occurs through experience (McCall, Lombardo, & Morrison, 1988), stretch assignments can provide a great vehicle for driving employee learning and/or leadership development. Stretch assignments are essentially short-term projects or assignments that provide unique and challenging experiences for the purpose of developing employee/leader skills and abilities. Although the use of on-the-job development is […]
What is Servant Leadership? Servant leadership is defined as a leadership style (many would call it a leadership philosophy) that emphasizes the leader’s responsibility to the success of the organization as well as his or her moral responsibility to subordinates, customers, and other stakeholders. Although it may seem like a new leadership style is being introduced […]
Adult learning is a science, and an important one at that. Almost every employee is provided training, and effective organizations regularly provide opportunities for formal training. Most organizations hire training and development professionals to design and provide such opportunities, and when we work with organizations in this capacity we are guided by principles based on […]
The purpose of this article is to make clear the sometimes vague concept of employee development. In it, I will describe why leaders should invest in the development of their employees, what specific actions they should take, and how they can best support their employees throughout the developmental process.
One of the most common barriers that managers face as they advance within their organizations is the constantly changing mix of skills and competencies needed to be successful at different levels of management. For example, the set of skills that a supervisor relies on day-to-day are very different from the set of skills that he […]
“I don’t know how relevant this is, but I think it portrays an important point about job challenges and stretching people too far. A long time ago, I was a flight instructor for small, single-engine float planes. The lesson plan for teaching people how to fly is very sequential…”
I just got off the phone with a prospective client who was looking for an executive coach. We talked about how to choose a coach who is right for her. I suggested she use the following criteria in the selection process. Chemistry. This is the most important criterion. Ask yourself some questions. Who do you […]