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.

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.

RIP: Retired in Position

Lead Change Blog

All jobs have a learning curve—but as time progresses, and the skill is enhanced, the challenge of the job will lessen. Is there a function they would like to learn, such as project management? “Retired in position” refers to an unengaged employee, a term which I first heard used by Ken Blanchard. These individuals are just going through the motions, showing up to do the minimum, and would rather be somewhere else. Does this sound familiar? Well, it should.

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.

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.

7 Tips for Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Leading Blog

Not only do you grow from the experience but you’ll have a roomful of experts to learn from. When you’re taking on a new venture like a job switch, it’s normal to feel behind the curve. If you’re new at something, have realistic expectations and give yourself the latitude to learn.”

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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.

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 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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How Do I Find a Great Mentor?

Let's Grow Leaders

Is there something about your mentor’s background or skill set that you want to learn? What advice do you have for accelerating my learning curve on those? What do you know now that you wish you learned sooner? Career & Learning how do I find a mentor Mentoring

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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.

Three Reliable Strategies to Help Your Growing Business Up Its Game

Strategy Driven

And it can be a steep learning curve! Once you’ve got your startup off the ground, your next exciting phase is all about growth and development.

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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.

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.

3 Surprising Ways Small Businesses Waste Money

Strategy Driven

When you are new to the business world, mistakes are an unavoidable element of your learning curve. You are still in the process of defining how to become a leader, how to run a company, or simply how to share your business ideas in a way that appeals to investors.

Preview Thursday: Scaling Leadership

Lead Change Blog

We can and must extend compassion for ourselves and others while facing the steepness of our learning curve, both individually and collectively. If we risk being radically human and lead by learning out loud with our colleagues, there is plenty of grace, forgiveness, and compassion in the system—and support from those around us. He works with leaders as a leader himself that is learning and growing.

Leadership Lessons from IBM’s CHRO Diane Gherson: Lead the Change

HR Digest

A primary reason why it takes so long is that effective leadership traits require their own learning curve. Continuous Learning. There’s plenty you can learn from Diane Gherson’s success story that will help you understand to improve your own leadership effectiveness.

10 Signs That Indicate You Are Ready For A New 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.

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.

Transcending Skill (A Mastering Leadership Excerpt)

Lead Change Blog

The all-consuming outer game is obviously where most leaders spend most of their time, since the day-to-day requirements of the outer game are fierce and the learning curve is steep.

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Beyond Recruiting: The Two Keys to Engaging New Hires

Survive Your Promotion

No matter how talented they are, no matter how carefully you’ve checked their references, or how thoroughly you’ve vetted their credentials, the first day is a steep learning curve for a new hire. Each organization has a unique culture, and a set of unwritten rules and expectations that employees learn over time. Companies spend a staggering amount of time and money recruiting, screening, and hiring great people.

To Lead, You Must Follow

Lead Change Blog

What I learned within a short span of time is that titles and org charts are invisible to the definition of leadership. That means taking a dive into the center and learning my way through regardless of title, how high my office walls are, or status on the org chart.

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Using Big Data in the Classroom

Strategy Driven

By highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of each student, it is now possible to create more effective and beneficial learning schedules, and even allow for better group work when complementary skill sets are combined. Businesses the world over are leaping into the use of big data.

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider a New Career

Strategy Driven

A New Learning Curve. Working in retail could mix things up a bit, and it could put you on a completely different learning curve when it comes to selling clothes. A change of careers isn’t for everyone.

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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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3 Connections That Propel Every Great Leader

Lead Change Blog

Coaches can provide targeted, objective feedback and skill-training to shorten your learning curve and help you make rapid progress with your leadership challenges. How You Grow Tall. Last week I traveled to San Francisco to speak at a conference. I took an extra day to visit the famous California Coast Redwoods. I’d read about them and seen many pictures, but the reality of standing beside the tallest living things on the planet was astounding.

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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Designing Your First Business Website

Strategy Driven

Designing your first website takes time and patience but it is the perfect opportunity to learn more about your brand, pick up some SEO skills and refine your marketing skills. The first year of any business should always be treated as a learning curve.

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The Conditions for Resistance-Free Change

Change Starts Here

No learning curve – the ability to go from 0 to 100% effectiveness instantaneously. As I sat on a plane yesterday on my way to facilitate a client workshop, I remembered the saying about how a plane has to take off against the wind.

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.

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?

The Best Leadership Books of 2014

Leading Blog

A S LEADERS we must learn and grow. Learn or Die : Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization by Edward D. Hess Learn or Die is a book everyone who is serious about learning and growth—personally or organizationally—should read. If you thought you were serious about it, Learn or Die will take you to a whole new level with tools, case studies, and insights that will challenge your commitment to learning.

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Five Valid Reasons People Are Mad at Your Change Initiative

Change Starts Here

We can expect with most changes there will be a learning curve: a temporary productivity loss and some discomfort as people learn new behaviors and skills. As change agents, we tend to believe our change initiatives are worthwhile and important.

20 Reasons Your Organization is Immune to Change

Change Starts Here

Managers express irritation when efficiency slides as employees experience a learning curve. Organizations have a way of maintaining the status quo through reinforcing the old way of doing things and discouraging the new way.

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.

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.