Is leadership training worth it?

Have you put your emerging leaders through a leadership development program? Or maybe you’ve attended such a program yourself – or even taken the plunge to get an MBA? Was it worth it? I’m asking that very seriously, because from where I’m sitting – looking at the programs, talking with people who’ve taken them – I’m sincerely not convinced. I …

Do you believe Gallup?

A few months ago, Gallup came out with a rather stern report called “State of the American Manager: analytics and advice for leaders.” (You can download a copy here.) In it, they basically claim that yes, indeed, the old saying “Leaders are born, not made” is true. I quote: They go on to say that two out of the remaining nine …

The problem with promotions

Promotions are great. They acknowledge the quality of your hard work, they represent progress and feel like success, and hey, who can argue with a bigger paycheck? So why am I suggesting that there’s a problem with them? In general – there isn’t. As an individual contributor diligently climbing the promotions ladder, you typically (and, let’s face it, often very frustratingly) …

Who will you be?

If you want to grow as a leader – whatever your role may be right now – you’ll have to change. There is no growth without change. There’s simply no way to become different without – duh – becoming different. That sounds like a Captain Obvious statement, for sure. But how many people do you know who struggle in vain …