Showing and Sharing Stories of Leadership

Leaders Sharing Life Stories and Past Decisions – Rite of Passage

Recently David Brooks of New York Times called out to readers over 70 to send him a Life Report. He wants to shareleadership life stories for succession planning and good decision making these with readers, especially the young, who wonder about life’s lessons. Think about this in the context of the leadership at your own company. Do your young employees know the life stories or lessons of your leaders?  Would it help them to know of a challenge a leader faced when s/he was moving up the ranks? What about a mistake s/he made that she learned from? How did s/he navigate a setback that was personal or professional? The more personal and human the story to show how they navigated good or bad decisions, the better!

You don’t have to be over 70 to share your story. You just have to have lived long enough to have lived through the results of your choices. Did you do what you wanted when you were young? Did you make a leadership mistake others could learn from? Will you share your story of the choices you made, personal or professional, and if you are happy with your decisions in our comments section for this story?

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Forbes recently had an article about how the “The Great Training Robbery: $60 Billion Investment In Leadership Development Is Not Working.”  There’s all sorts of faulty thinking in this article. First of all the figure they quote is for the amount of money spent in the U.S. for ALL formal training including customer service training, effective communication skills training, sales training, etc. 

Jack Welch and Leadership Training Statistics

Second, we’d take issue with the premise that you can’t learn leadership traits from business leaders like Jack Welch.  So far, we’ve found our clients aren’t trying to produce clones of Jack Welch or tell their peak performers or managers they have to be like Jack Welch. What they are doing is using videos of great leaders to show how some people have navigated the waters of leadership during times of risk, innovation and change. As old as time, stories and now, videos, capture how previous generations of leaders have faced change and turned around their businesses to succeed. Would a new manager not want to learn how Henry Ford failed three times before he succeeded? Or, how Richard Branson takes risks and learns from his failures to succeed next time?  Or, how 4 time America’s Cup Winner Dennis Conner builds teams and his thoughts on how to hire? Would those business lessons not stir the pot and make one think how they can use those skills of great leaders to create their own path at their own company? Read more>>

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