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Change is a Constant, But You Can Stack the Deck for Success

“I did what I had to do: I downsized a 25,000-person company by 10,000 people. But I was slow and uncertain, and had trouble coping with this new reality of my job. I was emotionally paralyzed…I had stopped leading change, and instead I became a change that someone else needed to make.”

In Pottruck’s new book Stacking the Deck: How to Lead Breakthrough Change Against Any Odds, he presents leaders with a 9-step course of action that he says will inspire meaningful,

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CLOs and Measuring ROI: They Doth Protest Too Much, Methinks

Do you remember the cry, “We’re not worthy!” of the Wayne and Garth characters from SNL’s Wayne’s World skit, when the wild-haired teens kowtowed at the feet of a famous rock star?

Unfortunately, “we’re not worthy” is also the silent cry of many corporate chief learning officers these days.

It’s because they’re internalizing the fact that—to paraphrase the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield—“they don’t get no respect” from the C-suite.

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Parachuting Into the Gap in the Air Sandwich: Leaders as Teachers

I didn’t know what an “air sandwich” was when I first heard the term. A new weight-loss plan? Or perhaps like an “air guitar,” except you pantomime eating lunch?

It’s actually what Nilofer Merchant—who coined the term in her book The New How—calls that disconnect between what management (at the top) thinks employees should be doing, and what employees (at the bottom) are actually doing. That’s where the air gets in.

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IPhone Siri and Angela Duckworth = Rethinking Leadership And Talent Development?

Yesterday, a guy in his early 30s was relating a story to my hair stylist as his 5-year-old sat in the chair for his summer buzz cut. 

“It saved my life,” he said passionately.  “I really do think it saved my life.”

He was waving his IPhone 4S around and talking about Siri.  Since I hadn’t gotten a full demonstration of Siri capabilities, I wondered how this nameless, faceless,

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Learn PwC’s Secret (May 16) To Find New, High Potential Business Ideas And Top Talent To Carry Them Out

Finding great ideas and emerging talent deep within the layers of a huge, global organization can seem like searching for a needle in an ever-expanding haystack.

Look at the difficult problems associated with finding great talent.  Talent processes often rely on observations and reportage from increasingly busy managers who must first recognize, and second, shine the light on up-and-coming professionals and future leaders.  It takes years to develop a capable senior leader. 

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Are You A Seeker Or A Solver? (You Can Find Out May 15 At The University of Pennsylvania)

Sounds like two characters in a Harry Potter novel, right?  But Seekers and Solvers are actually two critical roles in open innovation tournaments.   Challenges are presented by organizations, or well, anyone who has a tough problem.  On one open innovation site problems include things like:

  • Products that Enable The Elderly to Fulfill Their Potential (awards vary)
  • Non-permanent Room Heating Solutions – ($20,000)
  • Measuring Weight of Live Animals – ($50,000)

The third problem on the list above –

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10 Design Ideas For the Future Of Leadership Development And CapGemini Metaphor

CorpU featured a fantastic presentation by Ling Sian Tan who leads the Capgemini Design Centre of Excellence, on how Capgemini is using social learning as a new platform for leadership development. A metaphor Ling used to describe organizations’ current adoption rate for developing social learning programs was a swimming pool, where companies are either:

  • still sitting at the bar discussing the possibilities of social learning, (25%)
  • about to dive in,
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iPad app: The Civil War Today – Perfect Blend of Possibility

With the thousands of apps available on the iPad, how do you decide which one to purchase when there is always the chance that the one you selected turns out to be a turkey, rather then a gem.

Until now, you were stuck with guessing or visting iPad app review sites geared towards everyone, and not corporate universities and educational institutions.

Starting today, that has changed.

Every week, CorpU will present a round-up of the top iPad apps covering various areas.

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Global Leadership Congress – Award Winners

May 9th, 2011 is going to be a date to remember.

It is on this day, at the Global Leadership Congress, 25 companies achieved an elite status for their corporate universities.

For each company their hard work, perseverance and objectives and success at their corporate universities were recognized.

Alignment
Furthering corporate goals through learning and development efforts

Exemplary Practice

  • Jiffy Lube
  • Westinghouse Electric
  • Best Practice

  • Accenture
  • Town Sports
  • Excellence

  • CSC
  • Quintiles
  • Alliances
    Making the best use of external providers

    Exemplary Practice

  • Infosys
  • Owens &
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    Social Learning & Early Adopters

    How do we define early adopters?

    Are they companies and individuals who set out and say, “we are going to follow but add value”, or “we see what is possible and move forward”?

    I say no.

    Early adopters understand the power and benefits that come with the technology or solution. In the case of social learning, they realized the capabilities, foresaw the challenges, identified the features to bring about a new experience for their learners.

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