Strategies to develop your top talent

Archive for August, 2008

Talent on display

The 2008 Summer Olympic games opened yesterday.  I was able to see a good part of the opening ceremony and the spirit of the Olympics came through to me: the youth and energy of the athletes, the meeting of nations and laying aside of differences, and the courage to strive and endeavor against the top athletic talent in the world.

Do you have Olympic-caliber talent in your organization?  What values or aspirational goals are found in your company?  The talent we see on display in the Olympics is a product of both individual aspiration and the broader culture of world athletics.  How could you build your culture to attract more top talent?  It is a possible goal to attain.

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  • How do I develop my people?

    I’m often asked this question.  My answer often surprises the leader who asks it. 

    If you want to develop people better, you will first have to look at your own leadership.  My friends Steve and Jill Morris make a distinction between lead management and boss management (the type of authoritarian/power-based leadership that is all too common).  Lead management is about leading people to lead themselves, to develop their own skills and abilities, to be self-evaluating.

    This notion of lead management is based on Choice Theory and the work of William Glasser.  It is spelled out in a short but powerful book called “Leadership Simple” that was one of the most impactful books I read last year.  I encourage all leaders to take a look at this.  

    Leadership Simple


    A true leader makes choices deliberately after doing a careful self-evaluation.  They define what they want, they own their perceptions of what seems to be happening (without projecting that on others), and they lead others to do the same. 

    It should be a relief to leaders that you don’t have to figure out how to develop each one of your people (they are all unique, afterall).  You do need to be deliberate and aware of what you want, what they want, and know how to lead people through a process of change that is of their own choosing.

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