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The Leadership Bottleneck

What happens when your leadership pipeline creates a leadership bottleneck? Here’s the scenario: A new CEO takes the helm of your organization. She quickly sees that she’s got a problem on her hands. Before she got there, people in formal leadership positions were not trained properly before they moved into their roles, and now they are not particularly responsive to professional development. They’re getting … Read More The Leadership Bottleneck

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Making Leaders

Regarding that age-old question of whether leaders are born or made, here’s what I think. No, I don’t think people are born to be leaders. No, I don’t think anyone can be a good leader. But it’s not as mystical or dramatic as some might like to believe. Really it comes down to two things. You gotta want it and you gotta want it for … Read More Making Leaders

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The Future of HR

In the future, HR will be fervent about developing people and helping them realize their greatest potential. It will be about proactive care of people—maximizing the good, not just minimizing the bad. HR won’t be about reacting to screw-ups all day long, struggling to keep up, and bemoaning an inability to do anything about it. Nor will it be about providing loads of training … Read More The Future of HR

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Voting is Not About You

There has been some great effort to get people to the polls this year. It’s encouraging. I have noticed, however, a common argument for voting seems to be that a single vote can make all difference. They talk about how close races have been in the past, where very few votes made the difference. NPR, for instance, had an interesting article titled “Why Every … Read More Voting is Not About You

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Is There a Difference Between Training and Professional Development?

There tends to be a lot of confusion between training and professional development. Most often, those two things are conflated. Other times, people are vaguely aware that they are different things, but they’re just not sure what the distinction is or how to define it. So first I’ll just make this simple by explaining the difference. Training is operational. It teaches people how to … Read More Is There a Difference Between Training and Professional Development?