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Leadership Development: What Do You Do With The Rest Of Your Leaders?

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Business Management

If you read the articles about "wars for talent" and "succession crises" and the ones with titles like "where will tomorrow's leaders come from" you could get the idea that the only leaders that really matter are the ones labeled "high potential" High potential leaders, the ones headed for the C-suite, are important...

The Apprentice Leader: Who Should We Promote?

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Business Management

Good leadership development begins with selecting people for their first leadership job so that the odds are good that they will succeed Here are some pointers Promote people who are already engaged...

The Apprentice Leader: Making The Transition To Leadership

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Career

Every year, thousands of men and women are "promoted" from individual contributor to a position where they're responsible for the performance of a group It's one of the hardest transitions there is Even when the choice is a good one, consciously made by the individual, it's a tough transition...

The Apprentice Leader: Making The Most Of Learning On The Job

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Leadership

Leadership is an apprentice trade You learn some of it in the classroom and from books You learn most if it on the job...

Engagement: Seven Ways To Increase It

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Business Management

For more than twenty years I've been doing an exercise in the opening session of supervisory skills training programs Participants identify a time when it was great to come to work Then they develop a list of why it was great...

Career Development: Things You Should Know About Yourself

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Career

"Know thyself" The Greeks inscribed that message over the entryway to the temple of Apollo at Delphi, which they imagined to be the center of the earth It's still a good idea...

What You Should Learn From GE

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Business Management

My friend, John, sat on the patio, complaining loudly His company had just adopted the forced ranking system that General Electric (GE) uses for personnel evaluations "It's wrong for us," John grumbled, "We work in project teams...

Getting Ideas Is The Easy Part: Here's What You Need For Innovation

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Business Management

Ideas, including good ones, come naturally to human beings As Robert Tucker said: "Anyone who has ever taken a shower has had a good idea" But good ideas are only the starting point for innovation...

Supervision And Management: How The Great Supervisors Do It

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Career

When I was starting out as a manager and struggling to figure out how to do well, a wise and experienced friend gave me the following good advice "Find the great ones," he said, "Then figure out what they do Do the same things and you'll be a great one, too...

Management By The Letters

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Business Management

It is part of the great business guru tradition to create an acronym of the first letters of significant words to spell out another significant word, like "success" This list is not in that tradition But I often feel like the people who go for all the cute acronyms are more concerned with acronyms than wisdom...

Addicted To Praise

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Leadership

The young man took his place behind the lectern, preparing to address the graduating class He had earned the right to make this speech by having the best grade point average over the last four years In addition to being the valedictorian he was graduating with academic honors...

The Multiple Lessons Of The Hawthorne Experiments

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Business Management

In 1924, MIT professor Vannevar Bush began a series of experiments at the Western Electric Hawthorne Works, in Cicero, IL He wanted to test the impact of specific changes in the work environment on the output of the workers The first study was the Illumination Study...

Career Development: 20 Tips For The Young

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Career

After watching careers for almost forty years, I've got a clear idea of what you should do to build yours Here's some advice if you're starting out 1...

Sales Managers: Invest In The Best

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Business Management

Sales managers make a difference to your company every day in many ways They help top producers produce even more They help high potential sales people develop into stars...

People Is People And Parts Is Parts

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Business Management

Dan was angry He was a computer support tech Earlier in the day he'd picked up a trouble ticket for one of his company's customers...

Leadership: Motivation Magic

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Business Management

Motivation sometimes seems a lot like magic Some people can do it Other people can't Your boss tells you that you need to "motivate your people," but doesn't tell you how...

Nine Questions About Baby Boomer Retirement That Your Company Must Answer

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Business Management

The Baby Boomers are the members of the generation born between 1946 and 1964 At 79 million people, they're the largest US generation in history The oldest Boomers will turn 65 in 2011 and many of them may choose head for the exits...

Help! My Boomers Are Retiring!

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Business Management

Next time you've got a bunch of senior managers in a room together, ask those who are eligible to retire within five years to leave the room Then figure out how you're going to replace them That's an exercise I've done with senior management in a client company...

Do You Really Want To Be A Manager?

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Career

"What do I do now" Craig looked plaintively across the desk at me He'd come to me for help adapting to his new role as a manager...

Who's More Important The CEO Or Your Boss?

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Business Management

Tom works in a cubicle in the marketing department Glenna runs machines in a factory Jeff is out on the road selling most of the time...

New Leader: Figuring Out What Do Do

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Business Management

When John was promoted to his first management job, his boss gave him a book about twelve traits a leader must have His father gave him a different book about the characteristics of great leaders His sister sent him an article about the new leadership...

You're The New Boss. What Now?

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Business Management

You're the boss What do you do now Tim is nervous He's about to start a new job as the boss of people he doesn't know...

You Can't Manage Knowledge

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Business Management

No matter what the Knowledge Management (KM) vendors say, you can't manage knowledge To manage something you need to know what you've got and you need to measure it in some way You can't do either of those things with knowledge...

How Can I Pick The Right Leadership Training Program

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Leadership

Leadership covers a vast range of specific skill-sets, almost all of which come under the heading of what trainers call "far transfer training" That means that you have to go all the way back and use them on the job to learn them completely With that in mind, here are my recommendations for choosing a good program for you...

How To Learn More About The People Who Work For You

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Business Management

Sharon is a manager in a retail store Phil has just become a foreman on the shop floor of a large manufacturer Chris has just been promoted to team leader...

How Do I Delegate Better?

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Business Management

Lots of bosses are good at dumping, but not at delegating They're great at off-loading the things they don't like to do and dropping assignments on their subordinates with little or no guidance Other bosses think that delegating is always the best way to assign work...

A Secret No One Tells New Managers

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Business Management

The Merriam-Webster dictionary lists two meanings for "confrontation" There are "a face-to-face meeting" and "the clashing of forces or ideas" Both are part of being a boss, but hardly anyone tells that to a new manager in advance...

Achieving Work/Life Balance

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Career

Question: How can I achieve work/life balance If you mean that Nirvana-like state where you are successful, fulfilled and happy at work and at home, the short, brutal answer is that you probably won't But that doesn't mean you shouldn't wrestle with the issues...

Why Do Managers Find It Difficult To Fire Poor Performers?

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Business Management

This is a problem common to managers in every industry Here are a few of the reasons Human beings, managers and otherwise, simply don't like confrontation and all the things that go with firing involve confrontation...

So Now You're The Boss

Author: Wally Bock

Category: Leadership

Being a boss is hard work and it's different work from what you did as an individual contributor Here are some important things you should know if you've just become a boss For one thing, some people will start treating you like you're a jerk...

 
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