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WHY LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT FAILS TO PRODUCE GOOD LEADERS

Leadership must be important — more than 20,000 books and thousands of articles have been written about the critical elements of and the impact it has on people, organizations and countries, if not the world. Yet despite the factleadership training programs abound, they have failed to produce good leaders. Despite the collective wisdom of centuries on this topic, confidence in our leaders is low and continues to decline. In a 2012 survey by the National Leadership Index (NLI), released by the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School and Merriman River Group, 77% of respondents said the United States...

30 Days to Success

A powerful personal?growth?tool is the 30-day trial. This is a concept I borrowed from the shareware industry, where you can download a?trial version?of a piece of software and try it out risk-free for 30 days before you?re required to buy the full version. It?s also a great way to develop new habits, and best of all, it?s brain-dead simple. Let?s say you want to start a new habit like an?exercise program?or quit a bad habit like sucking on cancer sticks. We all know that getting started and sticking with the new habit for a few weeks is the hard part. Once you?ve overcome inertia, it?s much easier to keep going. Yet we...

ACHIEVE HIGHER ENGAGEMENT USING HIGHER LEVEL NEEDS

This fall I was giving my Career Vision workshop at a Seattle based High Tech Company. Towards the end I asked the audience about their experience. Daniel, an aviation engineer for 12 years said, “All other classes tell me how to do my job or how to behave, only in this class I am able to open up and express how I really feel!” Daniel spoke for many. Few years back I also had my fair share of such experiences in those typical corporate training classes. My workshop audience is mostly the non-manager employees who are in the mid-level in their career. The most important observation so far is that they lose the...

TEAM COACHING ETHICS: WHOSE AGENDA IS IT ANYWAY?

This is the third in a series highlighting ethics in coaching. Watch for new posts monthly! My area of expertise is team coaching. I blend coaching competencies with proven team methodologies to help teams move to high performance in a short period of time. Most teams include a ‘team lead’, a person who sets the direction for the team. Usually my contracts with companies include both team coaching and individual leadership coaching of team leads. This dichotomy recently led to an ethical dilemma that I have yet to fully resolve: how do I handle a situation when the team’s agenda and the team lead’s agenda are...

Your Beautiful Personality

This is a follow-up to the recently posted article “Do Your Goals Conflict with Your Personality?“ In that article I shared how understanding the core aspects of your personality can help you set better goals and help you achieve your goals more easily. In the 2+ weeks since I shared that article, I’ve spent a lot more time delving into this subject, including reading feedback from dozens of people about it. Now I’ll share some nice refinements that I think you’ll find very helpful. Evolving Your Personality List Your first stab at a list of personality attributes probably won’t be your final list. This is...

WAS SOCRATES THE FIRST COACH?

Flourishing life (eudemonia) Excellence (aristia) –Prudence (phronesis) – Morals (ethos) The ancient Greek philosophers have been preoccupied with the investigation of the reasons for human existence and the way men should live, so as to be consistent with their reason for being. Today, most of their views seem to have lost nothing of their luster and stand out like shining beacons, especially now that the western world is desperately seeking answers in order to relight its fires! In the text below, I refer to Aristotle and Socrates, the principles and practices they bequeathed us, so as to prove that these have a...