Lead Them Up the Learning Curve

Coaching Tip

Building morale and high performance are about engagement, and engagement is all about learning. In BUILD AN A-TEAM author Whitney Johnson offers a thought-provoking and essential exploration of how some leaders propel their team members up the learning curve. We all want opportunities to learn, experiment, and grow in our jobs. . Source: Whitney Johnson: Build an A-Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve.

What Curve Balls Say About Your Culture

Let's Grow Leaders

I was recently interviewed by Fast Company on the effectiveness of “curve ball questions” in the interview process. 5 Messages Oozing From Curve Balls. ” I’ve watched enough Little League to know that nothing feels more powerful than a curve ball.

The Shadow Side of Leadership

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

When it comes to learning to be a leader, there’s a real learning curve. It takes time to weather the insecurities of being a new manager, learn from your mistakes, and get to the point where you feel competent and comfortable in the role of leader.

Prahalad's Business Wisdom

Execupundit

An excerpt: Creating a ‘learning organization’ is only half the solution. We’re all familiar with ‘learning curve’, but what about the ‘forgetting curve’ – the rate at which a company can unlearn those habits that hinder future success Tanmay Vora has gleaned some great examples from the wisdom of Dr. C. Prahalad. Just as important is creating an ‘unlearning organization’. To create the future, a company must unlearn at least some of its past.

7 Reasons We Avoid Progress

Ron Edmondson

Every time I’ve initiated some type of development opportunity it’s required a learning curve among our people. We have to be very careful with progress. Progress can be a fun. Most leaders want to see progress. Most people do also.

How To Know When You Are Ready For Your Next Professional Challenge

Eric Jacobson

It's all about living and working perpetually on a learning curve. Something magical happens when a skilled veteran successfully re-learns his rookie smarts and is still able to retain his veteran acumen," explains Wiseman. You've stopped learning something new every day.

Use Learning to Engage Your Team

Harvard Business Review

Whitney Johnson, an executive coach, argues that on-the-job learning is the key to keeping people motivated. When managers understand that, and understand where the people they manage are on their individual learning curve — the low end, the sweet spot, or the high end — employees are engaged, productive, and innovative. Johnson is the author of the book Build an A-Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve.

Why Learning Beats Knowing

Eric Jacobson

Liz Wiseman ''s book, Rookie Smarts , is all about living and working perpetually on a learning curve. Something magical happens when a skilled veteran successfully re-learns his rookie smarts and is still able to retain his veteran acumen," explains Wiseman.

How to Ensure Your Employees Have an Easy Website Management Experience

Strategy Driven

If completely changing the platform isn’t a viable option, creating a training program for your employees to learn from is an effective way to help them learn the platform you already have in place.

Leading Rookie Talent: A Sizing Guide for Stretch Assignments

Leading Blog

Needing to close a knowledge gap quickly, hyper-learning kicks in, causing them to seek out guidance, experiment and get rapid feedback. In this environment, the ability to learn is far more critical than one’s accumulated knowledge.

5 Ways to Help Young Leaders Succeed

Ron Edmondson

It is true though if you recruit someone who has never led – or never led at the capacity you are seeking them to do – there will be some learning curves. Here are a few things I’ve learned about the process. It will be easier to learn them from you.

How frequent releases help you satisfy and retain your best employees

Crossderry Blog

Some customers for certain applications may need to be retrained to deal w/ frequent releases, but SaaS models have eased that learning curve. There was probably a brief feeling of satisfaction, hopefully a validation from the customer that you delivered what they wanted, and your team learned a thing or two about how effective they are at deploying and testing the changes that were delivered with the release.

10 Signs You Are Ready For A New Challenge

Eric Jacobson

Her book is all about living and working perpetually on a learning curve. Something magical happens when a skilled veteran successfully re-learns his rookie smarts and is still able to retain his veteran acumen," explains Wiseman. You''ve stopped learning something new every day.

7 Ways to Attract and Keep Younger Leaders

Ron Edmondson

I understand, because I made some huge mistakes as a young leader, but at the same time, it’s how I learned. I learned best in my leadership journey through trying, failing and trying again. Young leaders are open to learning from a mature leader’s successes and failures.

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Elevate Your Leadership

Coaching Tip

The book will take years off your learning curve and provide seven succinct actions to take. Author Jill Griffin in her new book, "EARN YOUR SEAT ON A CORPORATE BOARD: 7 Actions to Build Your Career, Elevate Your Leadership, and Expand Your Influence," said "You know, being on a corporate board is leadership at the highest level. A well-run business can change the world, and that starts at the top.

7 Common Tensions During Fast Growth or Overwhelming Change

Ron Edmondson

I have learned either times of fast growth or change both have common tensions associated with them. This may be some of the learning curves after this current season. This is why it is important to take notes along the way and continually be learning.

My Fictional BFF: Forrest Gump

In the CEO Afterlife

Eager to learn, I placed The Circumstantial Enemy on-hold for a year, choosing to devour every book I could find on how to master the craft. Like most novelists, the learning curve is never-ending. Continuous learning is the thing I enjoy most about writing fiction.

7 Actions Which Cripple Leaders

Ron Edmondson

I’ve learned along the way to being a better leader that there are some things which simply keep leaders from being effective. I have had more than one hard learning curve in this area. I’ve learned “we’ve always done it this way” is rarely true.

5 Leadership Lessons You Can Learn from a Micro-Manager

Lead by Adventure

No matter your situation there are leadership lessons that you can learn. ” These are lessons you can learn if you give it a little thought and reflect on your experiences. It was disappointing, but I definitely did learn a lot from that experience.

Learn to Toggle for Leadership Success

Lead Change Blog

Fortunately, new advances in neuroscience support a focus on learning to lead. Although leaders may have a strong preference for tasks or relationships, they can learn to use both neural networks more flexibly and fluidly, reducing the energy and effort required to switch back and forth. How can leaders learn to toggle? Even though Kurt may always have a preference for tasks, he can learn to use more of his potential over time as he learns to be a more flexible leader.

Why We Must Find Our Distinctive Strengths

Lead Change Blog

In discussing the S Curve of Personal Learning , Whitney explained its seven stages, from the frustration and unfamiliarity of being at the start of a learning curve through mastery.

The Art and Science of Professional Development

Great Leadership By Dan

I have been coaching and training business executives for over 20 years and I find the high performers demonstrate a common need to continuously raise the learning bar to stay ahead of the competition. Have you created a continuous learning culture?

7 Default Zones Every Leader Should Implement

Ron Edmondson

I don’t follow my own advice here often enough, but I’ve learned if my gut is telling me to “keep a tight rein on my tongue”, it’s likely to be a Biblical conviction. I’ve learned – the hard way – no one will protect my calendar as well as me.

7 Excuses I’ve Heard for Not Leading Well

Ron Edmondson

With each new season in leadership there will be a learning curve. Learn. Make sure you have a vision worth following, learn to communicate well and do all you can to help people attain it. Leaders have to learn to pace themselves. Learn delegation.

What Does It Really Mean to Be Change-Ready?

Change Starts Here

It wouldn’t be enough to change the nurses’ workstations, show them where the crash cart is, and expect they would overcome the learning curve eventually. A fellow change practitioner recently shared the story of a friend who is a health care consultant.

The Shadow Side of Leadership

Lead from Within

You begin to relax in that role, feeling you are at the top of the learning curve and confident that you know how to be a leader. Post written by Jesse Lyn Stoner on her blog, a review of Lolly Daskal’s book The Leadership Gap. Once you’ve been in a leadership role for awhile, you develop a leadership style that is comfortable. Beware! This is the slipperiest spot on the slope. You can get lulled into a complacency that will eventually be your undoing.

How to Hire the Right Leadership Team for Your Startup

Lead Change Blog

Therefore, bring in experienced key personnel with credible track records to minimize the learning curve promptly. Are you planning to start up a business with limited resources but wanting to hire the best people?

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Corporate Innovation Through Daring Personal Disruption

Lead Change Blog

People interrupt each other, laugh, learn and venture out of their comfort zones. Where Are You On The Curve? Johnson shares this insightful S-curve derived from research on innovation. No more steep learning curves, no extreme challenges – just another day at the office.

How a Young Leader Develops as a Leader

Ron Edmondson

I recognize that I have a long way to go in developing my own leadership skills, and I recognize that I have plenty to learn about leadership in general. What are some of the biggest learning curves you have had as a leader? This is a guest post by Tyler Crosson.

Leading Rookie Talent: The Tight Rope and the Safety Net

Leading Blog

When we are stretched to our limits (and often beyond), we are forced to focus, and we learn fast – a mode I call “rookie smarts.”. Vice president and partner Dan Parisi said, “Our job is to move people from left to right, up a learning curve. When there’s a steep learning curve, you need to build a safety net under it.” They’ve learned to get comfortable asking others to be uncomfortable.

How to Get Promoted At Work: The ASK Strategy

Let's Grow Leaders

Remember – “Mentoring, at it’s best, is a magical elixir which shaves years off your learning curve through mistakes unmade.” In many cases, demonstrating a familiarity for the job’s subject matter and a commitment to continue learning makes a big difference.

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7 Leadership Default Zones

Ron Edmondson

If you think you shouldn’t say it…don’t – I often don’t follow my own advice here, but I’ve learned if my gut is telling me to “keep a tight rein on my tongue”, it’s likely to be a Biblical conviction.

6 Secrets to a Successful Mentoring Program

Let's Grow Leaders

Mentoring, at it’s best, is a magical elixir which shaves years off your learning curve through mistakes unmade. Call me to learn more. Career & Learning Communication best in class mentoring strategies Mentoring mentoring experts mentoring keynotes

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The Big Picture of Business – Yesterdayism… Learning from the Past, Planning for the Future

Strategy Driven

Each branch has its proper responsibility and should learn to interface with the others. These keep the branches, limbs and twigs (divisions, consultants and vendors) on a growth curve. Learn more about Hank Moore and The Business Tree™ by visiting his website, www.HankMoore.com.

How to Lose Your Best Employees

Harvard Business Review

But her learning has peaked, her growth has stalled, and she needs a new challenge to reinvigorate her. It starts with recognizing that every person in your company, including you, is on a learning curve. That learning curve means that every role has a shelf life. You start a new position at the low end of the learning curve, with challenges to overcome in the early days. You and every person on your team is a learning machine.

Go Jump Off a Bridge!

Lead by Adventure

Most of these are quite new experiences, and each requires a bit of a learning curve. If I advertise for a workshop and no one shows up, I will have learned how NOT to market it. I was standing on a rail looking down into the water. It looked very, very far away.

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The Big Picture of Business: Yesterdayism… Learning from the Past, Planning for the Future.

Strategy Driven

Each branch has its proper responsibility and should learn to interface with the others. These keep the branches, limbs and twigs (divisions, consultants and vendors) on a growth curve. Learn more about Hank Moore and The Business Tree™ by visiting his website, www.HankMoore.com.

Rookie Entrepreneurship

Coaching Tip

For today''s knowledge workers, constant learning is more valuable than mastery. Why does a lack of experience drive some people through a discomfort zone and up a learning curve toward new frontiers? To build something new, they must be willing to explore, to learn, to fail, and to improvise. Source: Liz Wiseman: Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work. When is not knowing more valuable than knowing? .

The 6 Most Common Mistakes New Online Business Owners Make & How to Avoid Them

Strategy Driven

Growing an online business is as much about learning what we should be doing, as it is about learning what we should not be doing. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

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The Big Picture of Business- Anniversaries Honor the Past and Build Support for the Future

Strategy Driven

One can always learn from the past, dust it off and reapply it. Good opportunities to compare successes, case studies, methodologies, learning curves and insights. 7 Levels of Learning from the Past : Re-reading, reviewing and finding new nuggets in old files.