Leadership actions that are not an option for leaders.

Strategy Driven

One of the tragedies of leadership is that the (overrated) 360-degree feedback process, usually only goes 180 degrees. “Where’s the action? Where’s the game?”

Weekly Leadership Challenge

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Get a 360-degree feedback assessment and work with a professional coach on the debrief. Leaders may feel like they need fewer challenges, not more. In fact, what they need are new challenges, not the same ones, over and over.

To Help Others Develop, Start With Yourself

Marshall Goldsmith

I just reviewed my 360-degree feedback. Another thing that I feel good about is the fact that my scores on ‘effectively responds to feedback’ are so high this year.” Twenty years ago, few CEOs received feedback from their colleagues. Even fewer candidly discussed that feedback and their personal developmental plans. Great leaders encourage leadership development by openly developing themselves. by Marshall Goldsmith.

Coaching Change

Marshall Goldsmith

Leaders often fear confronting people about poor teamwork, but people highly value honest feedback. Use 360-degree feedback to align corporate values and individual behavior. Such feedback allows you to practice consultative coaching. Determine who can provide meaningful feedback. Collect feedback. Talk with managers about the results of the feedback – discuss key strengths and areas of improvement.

An Excessive Need To Be Me

Marshall Goldsmith

As we reviewed his 360-degree feedback report, he snorted, “What do you want me to do, go around praising people who don’t deserve it? Mark Reiter is a top literary agent and a master with words. Mark and I worked together on my book, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. In the book, we discuss 20 annoying habits of successful people – and then talk about how to break these habits and achieve positive, lasting change in behavior.

Recruiting Coaches

Marshall Goldsmith

The successful person, who “receives” the feedback often becomes defensive, denies the feedback, and tries to prove that the sender is “wrong” or “doesn’t understand.” Successful people tend to resist negative feedback about their past, but they appreciate constructive suggestions for their future. Your best coaches will not necessarily be outside experts who have credentials or training in your field. by Marshall Goldsmith.

An Excessive Need To Be Me

Marshall Goldsmith

As we reviewed his 360-degree feedback report, he snorted, “What do you want me to do, go around praising people who don’t deserve it? We use our ideas of who we are to rationalize all kinds of behavior. Letting go of limiting definitions lets us do our best work. Mark Reiter is a top literary agent and a master with words. Mark and I worked together on my book, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.

Strategic Humor: Cartoons from the December 2013 Issue

Harvard Business Review

Here’s his winning caption: “How’s this 360-degree feedback working?” Enjoy these cartoons from the December issue of HBR, and test your management wit in the HBR Cartoon Caption Contest at the bottom of this post.

The Ideal Praise-to-Criticism Ratio

Harvard Business Review

Which is more effective in improving team performance: using positive feedback to let people know when they're doing well, or offering constructive comments to help them when they're off track? So, while a little negative feedback apparently goes a long way, it is an essential part of the mix.

New Research Shows Success Doesn't Make Women Less Likable

Harvard Business Review

But our work with leadership development and 360-degree assessments does not confirm that a likability penalty as women rise to the top is one of those barriers. A businesswoman has a conversation with her five-year-old daughter.

Can You Really Improve Your Emotional Intelligence?

Harvard Business Review

3) But you can only improve if you get accurate feedback. While many ingredients are required for a good coaching program, the most important aspect of effective EQ-coaching is giving people accurate feedback. Who wouldn''t want a higher level of emotional intelligence?

Three Myths About Your Strengths

Harvard Business Review

Using 360-degree feedback, our firm typically measures the strength of 16 competencies that most consistently describe highly effective executives. To investigate this question, we selected a group of 16,428 leaders for whom we had 360° feedback information.

How Poor Leaders Become Good Leaders

Harvard Business Review

Using 360-degree feedback data over a 12- to 18-month period, we were able to track what, exactly, the leaders who'd made the most significant progress were doing. In our previous blog, Bad Leaders Can Change Their Spots , we described a group of 71 leaders who were able to elevate their leadership effectiveness from the 23rd percentile to the 56th percentile — that is, from being poor leaders to good ones.

Unplug Your Ears and Listen

Harvard Business Review

It's a great moment in literature — and an extremely useful image for managers intent on ferreting out the feedback they need for career advancement. Those who solicit career feedback are likely to hear many, often conflicting messages and need to be astute in sorting out the most critical input to avoid careening off course. And pay attention to the results of a 360-degree feedback review based on surveys from your boss, peers, and subordinates.

4 Strategies for Women Navigating Office Politics

Harvard Business Review

In 2013, we conducted a number of interviews and surveyed 270 female managers in Fortune 500 organizations to determine what they liked and disliked about business meetings.

Leading Innovation Is the Art of Creating “Collective Genius” - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM HBS EXECUTIVE EDUCATION

Harvard Business Review

He pushed for more transparency, adding 360-degree reviews for all employees and 360-degree feedback of his own work—he promised to resign if his own review dropped to a certain level. From 2005 to 2013, when Nayar led HCL as president and then CEO, the company’s sales, market cap, and profits increased six fold, according to the book.

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Office Politics: A Skill Women Should Lean Into

Harvard Business Review

In 2013, my partners and I conducted a combination of surveys and interviews with over 270 female managers in Fortune 500 organizations to determine what they liked and disliked about business meetings, and one of the things that repeatedly fell into the dislike column was politics. In reviewing several thousand 360-degree feedback surveys we found that both women and their managers cite political savvy as an ongoing development need for women.

Leading Innovation Is the Art of Creating “Collective Genius” - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM HBS EXECUTIVE EDUCATION

Harvard Business Review

He pushed for more transparency, adding 360-degree reviews for all employees and 360-degree feedback of his own work—he promised to resign if his own review dropped to a certain level. Executive education students at Harvard Business School.

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