One of the most interesting challenges for anyone involved in training is whether the trainees will put the training into action. For those of us involved in leadership training it’s even more interesting to consider whether the theories, concepts and models you share will make any difference in the workplace of the leaders you share them with. This blog explores the main facets of translating theory into action.
Establishing a culture of coaching is one of the most challenging change initiatives any company can take on. I’m talking about a true culture of coaching, where every manager and employee engages in it and not the kind we are seeing advocated in some organisations where a few people are trained as internal coaches. I’m taking cultural, where it becomes ‘the way we do things around here’ The difficulty, as we’ve written here before, is in the integration of coaching into every leaders modes operandi. In this blog I share some insights from a recent discussion with an emerging leader coach.
I’m not aware of there being a drug that improves leadership (unless coaching is a drug) but given the sporting world’s example, I wonder how widely it would be used if there was? And how it would be justified. Lance Armstrong seemed to say that he wasn’t cheating because everyone else was taking drugs too. No doubt similar responses will come out in Australian sport, because we humans have an uncanny capacity to justify things in our minds. Many of us that stand outside of sport are horrified by the lack of ‘ ethics’ or ‘morals’ of the people that take drugs, and can’t understand those who justify it. But not all of us. In this blog we explore the leaders role in ethics of a business and ask whether we all know where we draw our line.
The role of a manager is a serious role, with a lot of responsibility. But does that mean the manager has to have a permanently serious demeanor? The managers of my youth seemed to be, and like many I grew up in management thinking that was how I had to be; serious of visage, demeanor and word. And with that comes a tendency to take ourselves seriously.
But does it have to be this way? In this blog we explore leadership persona with some insight from the worlds top airline.
A wise man once said to me ‘everything is just a dream until you commit to it out loud’. He was talking about all the thoughts and ideas we have going on inside our head. The results of thinking things through. All that time spent reflecting and analysing. The ‘I really should’ thoughts. The ‘that’s what I need to do’ thoughts. The ‘I wish I could’ thoughts. His view was that we put ourselves on the hook if we said them to someone else.
I think the saying is not everything though. The key word in that is ‘commit’ .