My son graduated from university this past May, and just got his first ‘real’ job as an analyst. He is technically qualified to be an analyst, but as I know from years of OD, assessment and coaching work, technical skills are just one piece of the puzzle on the way to a successful career. Working on technical skills while concurrently working on how to manage change, focus on being collaborative and honing our communication skills gives us the best chance to be successful in our work life.
Strengths-based learning requires “knowing your strengths and investing in others’ strengths” to build better teams and develop leadership skills. This approach can lead to significant increases in traditional markers of organizational success like productivity, retention, and customer satisfaction. Focusing on strengths helps businesses and employees alike. Only 13% of today’s workforce is engaged at work but that number rises dramatically to 67% when managers focus on employees’ strengths.
Are Your Meetings Effective?
NPR ran a segment last week on meetings. They stated that “The average American office worker spends more than nine hours of every week preparing for, or attending, project update meetings, according to the results of a survey released last week
As we have deployed more and more 360 assessments, many of our customers have requested that we include a reading list for participants who would like to explore ideas for increased management effectiveness. I thought it would be interesting to ask clients and colleagues to share what they considered the best articles, books and online resources for the current business marketplace.
What I received was an amazing list of books, articles and websites. We organized these into specific topic areas, and I will be sharing some of these resources in this blog.
Below is the information on ten books on Coaching and Development that were submitted by our colleagues. Please note that we tried to assign ownership to the description/review wherever possible.