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 […]
If you think back to the most important lessons you’ve learned during your career, what are they? How did you learn them? Chances are, the most lasting and influential things you’ve learned have been when you have succeeded or failed in the face of a challenging and dynamic experience. Realizing that experience is the best […]
What do executive coaching, employee development, and 360 feedback have in common? They all work to encourage change. And the techniques that support processes like the ones above are most effective when they are based on established theories of behavioral change. The purpose of this blog is to present Prochaska’s widely accepted model of change and to […]
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 […]
Business leaders often fail to understand why their employees quit. For example, 41% of employers reported that a ‘poor relationship with manager’ was the top reason for employee turnover… only 15% of employees agreed.
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.
“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…”