Through some combination of interests, experiences, and genetics, most people show more capability at some behaviors than others. Helping people identify those capabilities is useful. However, are we limited to those being the only strengths we can possess? Can individuals at a later point in life make... - October 25, 2019
Your decisions are the building blocks of a successful career - or the reason for its failure. Because of this, many people tend to avoid making difficult decisions. But good decisions are like badges of success others notice. Zenger Folkman’s research shows that there’s a powerful correlation... - September 27, 2019
Some leaders that are perceived as bold are not viewed in a positive light. The behaviors they engage in create dissatisfaction and frustration among their direct reports. Zenger Folkman refers to these leaders as “fake bold” and has defined bold leadership in a different way.
Fake bold... - August 23, 2019
CONNECT 2019 is the perfect place to connect with the innovators and big ideas pushing leadership development forward. - August 06, 2019
We live in an age where it seems like everyone is pursuing the next big thing. Today’s technology explosion has created an array of options for employees to give and receive feedback. And when everything is disruptive, digital, and artificially intelligent, it’s easy to lose sight of the... - June 22, 2019
Trust is a critical factor for leaders who want to be successful. Would you follow someone you didn’t trust? Would you take risks for someone that you didn’t feel had your back? For many leaders, understanding how to earn or reestablish trust can seem perplexing. Zenger Folkman’s research... - May 24, 2019
If your organization is like most, there are growing expectations for managers to coach and offer feedback to their teams. Pushing a coaching culture is one way to meet these expectations. In theory, this effort appears to be a positive, people-centric plan that fosters relationships and boosts productivity. - March 23, 2019
Change is the new norm. Agility is a critical capability in today’s environment of disruption and technical innovation. For organizations to remain agile they will need employees who can outmaneuver the disruptions of the future. What can leaders do to become more agile?
“We analyzed data... - February 21, 2019
Many people feel like they’ve lost control when it comes creating - or even finding - fulfilling, purpose-driven careers. Zenger Folkman has identified three simple steps to help individuals regain control, create more meaning in your work, and find activities that will add up to their best and... - January 27, 2019
For several years, Zenger Folkman has been researching the impact women leaders have inside organizations. Their research published with Harvard Business Review shows that women aren’t just great leaders - they outscore men on 13 of the 16 competencies they measure. There’s a problem though. - December 09, 2018
The majority of employees want more feedback. A survey by OfficeStub found that 69% of employees said they would work harder if they felt their efforts were better recognized. If they want the feedback, then why are they waiting to receive it? Why is asking for feedback so hard?
“Asking for feedback... - October 19, 2018
Trust is a critical factor for leaders who want to be successful. Would you follow someone you didn’t trust? Would you take risks for someone that you didn’t feel had your back? For many leaders, understanding how to earn or reestablish trust can seem perplexing. Zenger Folkman’s research... - September 16, 2018
Many organizations are making changes to their performance review process. Some changes are quite radical—eliminating the ratings altogether—while others are less so, but almost universally organizations are placing an expectation on managers to have more frequent feedback and coaching conversations... - August 23, 2018
How often are you asked to do more work with less staff? Across all industries and countries, employees are being asked to accomplish more in less time and with fewer resources. Zenger Folkman found that the best way to increase effectiveness was to improve leadership speed.
“We found the better... - July 15, 2018
Most people begin a new position with lots of energy and a desire to impress others. However, over time their tasks can often becomes very repetitive and they lose some of their passion. Work can start to feel like a bit of a chore. These moments of passion and energy are longingly referred to as career... - May 15, 2018
When it comes to confidence where do men and women rank? In a study done at Cornell University, they found that men tend to overestimate their abilities and performance while women underestimate both. However, their actual performance did not differ in quality. Other studies have shown that women worry... - March 28, 2018
After collecting data from over 87,000 leaders across the globe, Zenger Folkman has found that Inspiring and Motivating Others is the most difficult competency to develop. However, after studying the few leaders who were at the top percentile of effectiveness on this competency, they discovered the six... - February 22, 2018
Every organization has their own competency model, but few of them are very effective. After 40 years of building competency models for businesses around the world, Dr. Joseph Folkman reveals five factors that separate the great ones from the poor ones.
“The purpose of a competency model is to... - January 31, 2018
Seasoned workers have undoubtedly seen their share of finger-pointing, dishonesty, and “CYOA.” Imagine an organization where everyone takes responsibility for achieving good results. A place where people possess a personal sense of ownership and there is little finger-pointing when things... - December 17, 2017
As the economy and each industry changes, company culture needs to be constantly adapting. Unfortunately, companies often wait too long to adjust their culture. While there are several options to change company culture Zenger Folkman has found that one of the most effective solutions is to develop leaders.
“Our... - November 29, 2017
Zenger Folkman has some great research and advice to help alleviate anxiety about how to approach these crucial feedback conversations. - October 25, 2017
Leadership development executives will learn from some of the best experts in the industry at the 2017 Leadership Summit. - September 05, 2017
Is it possible to be a high-standards, results driven leader while at the same time building an engaged, fun-to-work with team? Zenger Folkman’s recent study of more than 60,000 leaders measured both a leader’s ability to drive hard for results and his or her people skills. What they found... - August 28, 2017
Using data on tens of thousands of leaders from around the world, Zenger Folkman has identified three characteristics commonly found among bold leader counterfeits. - July 24, 2017
Research shows that although women make up around 50% of the workforce there are still small numbers that manage to break into top leadership positions. In fact, women only represent about 3% of CEOs. Zenger Folkman has found ways women leaders can change that number by leveraging their unique strengths. To learn how to develop women leaders, attend Zenger Folkman’s webinar, The Urgency of Developing More Women Leaders! How to Leverage Their Unique Strengths, on Wednesday June 28, 2017. - June 28, 2017