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.

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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. ” “There’s more where that came from (we expect you to learn to throw curve balls with your team and teach your high-potentials the art.)” ” 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. By this time you have probably developed a “leadership style” that fits for you, […]. The post The Shadow Side of Leadership appeared first on Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership.

How I Went From Unemployed To CEO Of An ASX Listed Company

CEO Insider

For me, probation as an investment banker – and my subsequent firing – was a huge learning curve. I doubt many people can say losing their dream job at the age of 22 was the best thing that ever happened to them.

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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.

Use Learning to Engage Your Team

Harvard Business

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 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. I am thinking she has had her share of nay-sayers, people who say she’s too young, too inexperienced, too idealistic to climb the learning curve of app development and philanthropy.

BUILD AN A-TEAM: Introduction, Being the Kind of Boss People Love to Work For

Strategy Driven

Excerpted from Build an A-Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve by Whitney Johnson. In San Diego, California, in 1953, a new startup set its sights on the Space Age. The Rocket Chemical Company had a small lab and just three people, but they could see a major opportunity in front of them.

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. People, projects and organizations could be in one of three phases on this learning-innovation curve. No more steep learning curves, no extreme challenges – just another day at the office. You may get bored or arrogant at the top of the curve.

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.

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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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.

How to Lose Your Best Employees

Harvard Business

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.

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? Are you currently budgeting the overall cost of setting up your dream business but not wanting to compromise to hire the right team? Here are tips on how to hire a team with leadership in your startup.

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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.

Stephen Schwarzman’s 25 Rules for Work & Life

Leading Blog

He learned that “if you want something badly enough, you can find a way. This is where he really learned about finance and discovered his strengths. They never stop learning. You may end up learning something important or form a connection you can leverage for the rest of your life. When you’re young, only take a job that provides you with a steep learning curve and strong training. You will learn new rules for decision making and organizational behavior.

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 MentoringI can’t tell you how many times someone has asked me to be their mentor, and when I asked what they were looking to accomplish–I was met with a blank stare.

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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. On a recent project, the consultant was assisting a hospital with the reconfiguration of nurses’ workstations.

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.

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.

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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Entrepreneurship and feelings about change

Mike Cardus

The Administering focuses the activities and functions that get things organized, planned, scheduled, systematized, and generally under control by capturing the learning curve about how to do things right in processes, procedures, and systems.

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Leading Remote Teams

Cooperperson

Understand there’s a bit of a learning curve for people unfamiliar with remote tools. To learn more about how you and your team can be more effective while working from home, order your FREE WFH report. TOP TEN TIPS FOR LEADING REMOTE TEAMS THROUGH UNPRECENDENTED TRANSITION. Last week, I reached out to several clients and business partners who have decades of experience collaborating with remote teams large and small. As the workforce across the U.S.

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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. Liz Wiseman 's latest book is Rookie Smarts. She contends that we do our best work when we are new to something.

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. Liz Wiseman 's latest book is Rookie Smarts. She contends that we do our best work when we are new to something.

Careers You Can Get Started in Fast

Strategy Driven

It may be surprising to learn that you can get into almost any computer-related field without having a college degree. Becoming a computer programmer from the comfort of your home means spending hundreds or even thousands of hours learning how to program. If you’re a beginner, expect a steep learning curve that takes a while to overcome. Everybody wants to have a successful career, but that’s easier said than done.

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. Moreover, while we may need help with learning a new competency, we often need more help with our inner game.

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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. As one of the most renowned scientists of the Twentieth century, Albert Einstein, once said: “Learning is not a product of schooling but the lifelong attempt to acquire it”. Today’s workplace requires that HR leaders continually learn new strategies, processes, and technologies to create a culture of growth and competitiveness.

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. When I began my career, I set my sights on one day being a manager, maybe even a director. My ambition was to become a reputable leader who had influence and ability to motivate people to achieve their goals.

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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.

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. Learn how to lead yourself with Getting Things Done. Career & Learning bruce harpham career promotion how to get promotedA guest post by Bruce Harpham.

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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. You''ve stopped learning something new every day. She contends that we do our best work when we are new to something.

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 keynotesThank God, I’ve experienced the transformational spirit of amazing mentors. Please God, let my mentoring have made a difference for others.

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Be The Leader You Want To Be

Eric Jacobson

Peace – Learning to trust your capacities to evolve, adapt, and respond to whatever comes your way. As you read the book, you’ll learn how to: Prioritize, elevate, tolerate or eliminate tasks. Consider the other experts you can learn from even if you are an expert in your own right.

What to Do When a Good Employee Stops Trying to Grow

Harvard Business

But what do you do when someone you manage gets to the top of their learning curve — and doesn’t really want to be pushed any further? Employees at the high end of their learning curve also require change. Encourage an Entirely New Learning Curve. Parker was tough, and she pushed Hocking on to new learning curves and helped her know when needed to leap to a new challenge. David Lewis Taylor/Getty Images.

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. Let’s get things straight from the start: Not everything you do will be perfect. It doesn’t have to be; nobody was born a knowledgeable entrepreneur.

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. Liz Wiseman ''s new book, Rookie Smarts , jumped onto the Best-Selling Books Hardcover Business List at No. 7 (week ended October 19), as reported in The Wall Street Journal.

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. Rather than ponder the nature of aerodynamics while flying, instead I wondered – could there be change with no resistance? As a fun exercise, I tried to envision what the conditions would be for a resistance-free change.

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. To establish your company as a leader in your field and beyond, you need to be able to stay stable through periods of explosive growth, even if your resources are stretched. Many companies hit a speed-wobble once the demand gets too high. Unless you can keep calm and carry on, your growing business may never reach its full potential.

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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. One of the main focuses for my business is sales and leadership training in order to stay abreast of the needs of today’s fast-paced learning curve. Have you created a continuous learning culture?

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. Any negatives we see are eclipsed by the benefits. Otherwise, why would we try to implement them? But even the best change can annoy or anger those whom it impacts.

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. Even with sufficient communication and training, individuals still may not do things differently, because the organization (or really everyone else within it) somehow prevents them from changing.