Zenger Folkman Leadership Podcast Get answers to today’s toughest leadership and development problems from thought leaders Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman!

Erica Volini of Deloitte, joins Dr. Jack Zenger and Dr. Joe Folkman in this edition of the Zenger Folkman podcast series to discuss…..

Erica is the US Human Capital leader for Deloitte Consulting. In this role, she is responsible for the 4,000+ practitioners focused on helping organizations solve their most complex and pressing Human Capital issues. Throughout her 20-year career, Erica has worked with some of the world’s leading organizations across multiple sectors and geographies and is a frequent speaker on how market trends are impacting the HR organization and profession as a whole.

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Groundbreaking new research shows that most managers have some mistaken beliefs about the best kind of feedback to give their subordinates. Many favor giving negative or corrective feedback, believing that it does more good and has a lasting effect.

More than 1/3 of leaders avoid giving positive feedback, apparently believing that it doesn’t do that much good. They agree that it is easier to give, but still they avoid giving compliments and kudos to subordinates and colleagues.

Perhaps it starts with the perception that the really good managers are the tough graders, who are not afraid to tell people what’s wrong. Possibly they believe that giving people positive feedback will encourage a subordinate to let up or coast. Maybe they are emulating their prior bosses who gave little praise, but who pointed out any mistakes or weaknesses. Some may believe it a sign of weakness to praise subordinates. Finally, unfortunately, maybe many leaders just don’t know how to do it.

However, recent research exposes many vital reasons why positive feedback is extremely important and should not be neglected. Data analysis provides some surprising, and counter-intuitive data. Join Jack and Joe as they reveal the exciting findings of this recent study!

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In the last year many clients have taken a serious look at their performance management systems. Ask any manager or employee about their opinion of the performance review process and you will rarely hear any positive comments.

In this presentation, Jack and Joe are joined by Kelly Kuras, Sr. Manager of Talent and Organization Evaluation at General Motors, to share what they have done to redefine performance management in their organization.

While each organization will come to differing processes and systems, we will answer the question: “What are the few fundamental elements that are critical to make any performance management process successful?”

Watch the video recording of the entire webinar.

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David Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Fishbowl, joins Dr. Jack Zenger and Dr. Joe Folkman in this edition of the Zenger Folkman podcast series to discuss a variety of topics, including the characteristics of great leaders, the types of leadership that are important during different phases of a company, working with the millennial generation, identifying high-potentials, and how to truly be in the people business.

Fishbowl offers asset-tracking software for large enterprises and provides the #1 requested manufacturing and warehouse management solutions for QuickBooks. Fishbowl has had extraordinary growth and has achieved numerous awards under David’s leadership, including positions on the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies and the Deloitte Fast 500 lists.

David served as an executive with Covey Leadership and worked closely with its management team and Stephen R. Covey. David authored the book The 7 Non-Negotiables of Winning: Tying Soft Traits to Hard Results. An industry thought-leader, David has written numerous articles about character-based leadership.

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January 13, 2016  

Mark Eaton, former National Basketball Association All-Star, joins Jack Zenger in this installment of theZenger Folkman Leadership Podcast series to discuss Mark’s four commitments of a winning team, basketball as it relates to teamwork, overcoming fatal flaws, and more. 

Mark played for the Utah Jazz for 12 years and was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year. Mark is a frequent speaker on the subject of teams and teamwork, teaching the skills honed during his professional sports career and later while leading successful business organizations. 
Legendary Jazz coach Frank Layden once remarked, “You can’t teach tall.” At 7 feet 4 inches tall, Mark learned how to utilize his greatest strengths. 
 You can visit Mark’s website at http://www.7ft4.com/
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December 2, 2015  

Our research with thousands of leaders confirms that The Single Most Powerful Leadership Competency is INSPIRING AND MOTIVATING OTHERS! 

 Say the words 'Great Leader' and what comes into your mind? It's probably hard to describe, but with most great leaders you "know it when you see it." So, does this mean that great leadership is simply something people are born with or is it something that can be learned? 
After conducting thousands of surveys with leaders across many different industries, we've identified the most important attribute of any great leader—that of inspiring and motivating others. We believe that if developed, this key competency, more than any other, will help leaders and managers become more effective and drive great business results. 
In this episode, we'll explain the research that led to our conclusions about this extremely important competency, along with practical steps for every leader to become more inspiring. After all, we believe that every leader can learn to inspire others and drive real, positive business outcomes.
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Raise the bar on your leadership effectiveness!

Imagine an organization where everyone takes responsibility for achieving good results. An organization where people have a personal sense of ownership, and there is little finger-pointing when things go wrong.

If every leader were able to inspire accountability in others, it would not only better leverage leadership, but it would significantly increase bottom line results.

What can a leader do to create a greater sense of accountability in others?

Join Dr. Joseph Folkman to learn:

  • The 8 BEHAVIORS that increase accountability
  • How we can get better at inspiring and motivating
  • How to improve accountability within organizations

We’d love for you to experience our award-winning leadership workshops in a city near you.  We also invite you to join us for our monthly webinars. To learn more, visit zengerfolkman.com/events.

To listen to past podcast episodes and view the notes for this episode, visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast. There you can also enter our monthly book contest.

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Join Joe Folkman for a look at the principles for turning feedback from others into personal and professional change.
 
Based on over 30 years of consulting with thousands of business leaders and professionals around the world, Joe will discuss how highly effective people use feedback differently than those less effective. Rather than focusing on the negatives feedback reveals, the most effective people focus instead on the positives feedback uncovers. They use feedback to discover their strengths and build upon them.
Joe will teach you the key principles for maximizing the value of the feedback you receive. You’ll learn:
  1. Why others are best at predicting your effectiveness
  2. How to understand, accept and prioritize feedback
  3. How to implement long-term actions that lead to real growth and change. 
  4. Why building on strengths works
  5. How to identify your “sweet spot” for change
  6. How to set a goal
  7. Why it is important to have a support system
  8. Much more!
“When you learn and put these principles to work in your professional life or organization, you’ll discover what a powerful and meaningful gift feedback can be.”    —Joe Folkman
 Packed with unique insights, fascinating research and Dr. Folkman’s signature humor, this is one presentation you won’t want to miss.

We’d love for you to experience our award-winning leadership workshops in a city near you.  We also invite you to join us for our monthly webinars. To learn more, visit zengerfolkman.com/events.
To listen to past podcast episodes and view the notes for this episode, visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast. There you can also enter our monthly book contest.
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Innovation sets organizations apart from their competitors. But how do you cultivate innovation in leaders
and teams?

To find out, we conducted our own study. We began by collaborating with a highly respected organization in the telecommunications industry whose leaders scored well above average on most managerial competencies. We interviewed each one, together with their boss, and a number of their direct reports and peers. We then combined the results of these group interviews with 360-degree feedback we had about these individuals. The results were fascinating and gave us a list of behaviors that set this group apart as innovation leaders.

Please join Dr. Jack Zenger and Dr. Joe Folkman for a glimpse into what drives innovative behavior. The results of our research will be presented identifying the 10 distinctive behaviors that emerge for the most innovative leaders.

We’d love for you to experience our award-winning leadership workshops in a city near you.  We also invite you to join us for our monthly webinars. To learn more, visit zengerfolkman.com/events.

To listen to past podcast episodes and view the notes for this episode, visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast. There you can also enter our monthly book contest.

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Today we will be broadcasting the keynote address presented by Dr. Jack Zenger and Dr. Joe Folkman at our Extraordinary Leadership Summit held in Park City, Utah on July 30th, 2014. Their speech is entitled “Secrets to Discovering Your Company’s Hidden Talent Pools.”

Corporate America is facing a management crisis. Sixty percent of companies face leadership shortages that impede their performance. Ten thousand baby boomers retire every day, and data predicts a 30% drop in available managers between 2009 and 2015.

Yet virtually every company has three forgotten resources that data reveals are largely untapped:

  1. Aspiring Women — they surpass men in many leadership skills
  2. Individual contributors — because they do not currently manage others, their potential is being overlooked
  3. Young managers, Gen Y – development efforts for these future leaders is beginning far too late and generally doesn’t begin until age 40

Focusing on these three forgotten groups would not only answer the talent gap, but according to scientific data would result in:

  • 4.8x higher profits
  • 70% higher engagement and productivity
  • 40% higher customer satisfaction
  • 50% less turnover

The solution is within your current organization. If you develop these forgotten groups, everyone wins.

This recording will show you how these often forgotten resources could be benefiting your organization in ways you may have completely overlooked.

To listen to past podcast episodes and view the notes from this episode, visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast

Enter our Monthly Book Drawing for Zenger Folkman podcast listeners.

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Leadership development experts Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman discuss "The Fatal Flaw with 360 Surveys" by Marcus Buckingham, Harvard Business Review Blog. 


This Episode's Questions
  • Does senior management’s effectiveness affect the effectiveness of line management? Would you say each level of management is the foundation for the tent poles of the lower level management?
  • How do we convince senior management that they need to listen to middle and front-line managers in order to improve processes and control rising costs?

1 Tip for Leaders at Full Strength: Jack and Joe will share one thing leaders can do today to increase their effectiveness to “full strength”. 

We’d love for you to experience our award-winning leadership workshops in a city near you. We also invite you to join us for our monthly webinars. To learn more, visit zengerfolkman.com/events
To listen to past podcast episodes and view the notes for this episode, visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast. There you can also enter our monthly book contest.
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Jack Zenger discusses his reactions to an article by Madeleine Blanchard, "Strengths, the Double-Edged Sword" (Chief Learning Officer Magazine)


Q&A - Jack answers your toughest questions:
  • I've heard that many organizations are dropping performance assessments in favor of ongoing developmental coaching. My organization is interested in doing this, but what are the elements needed to make sure the coaching initiative is successful?
  • As a leader, I don't have a lot of time to spend on developing multiple competencies. How can I prioritize my development to spend time on the competency that will make the most impact on my leadership effectiveness?

1 Tip for Leaders at Full Strength: Jack will share one thing leaders can do today to increase their effectiveness to “full strength”.  

We’d love for you to experience our award-winning leadership workshops in a city near you.  We also invite you to join us for our monthly webinars. To learn more, visit zengerfolkman.com/events.

To listen to past podcast episodes and view the notes for this episode, visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast. There you can also enter our monthly book contest.

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In this very special episode, Scott Edinger and Barbara Steel discuss Zenger Folkman's recent article on the cover of the October 2011 issue of Harvard Business Review, "Making Yourself Indispensable."

Author of the article, Scott Edinger, will read actual excerpts from the HBR article and we'll get Scott and Barbara to expound on the material. They'll touch on the following topics:

  • Why developing strengths is more important than fixing weaknesses
  • How using "Competency Companions" can help leaders build strengths
  • The non-linear process for developing strengths
  • The best way to identify your strengths
  • How developing strengths makes you "indispensable"
  • Can you take a strength too far?

To learn the competency companions for a strength you'd like to develop, visit www.zengerfolkman.com/hbr

We’d love for you to experience our award-winning leadership workshops in a city near you.  We also invite you to join us for our monthly webinars. To learn more, visit zengerfolkman.com/events.

To listen to past podcast episodes and view the notes for this episode, visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast. There you can also enter our monthly book contest.

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August 16, 2011  

Scott Edinger and Barbara Steel discuss an article by Lorri Freifeld entitled "Why Cash Doesn't Motivate" by (Training Magazine July 2011). 


Questions Discussed:
  • How can a structured leadership development program that encompasses management and non-management staff be developed and run effectively in a sales organization?
  • We are considering implementing a leadership development 360 process in our organization, but want to ensure that development goals are set and achieved. What can an organization do to help increase the sustainability of a development initiative?

1 Tip for Leaders at Full Strength: Scott and Barbara share one thing leaders can do today to increase their effectiveness to “full strength”. 

We’d love for you to experience our award-winning leadership workshops in a city near you.  We also invite you to join us for our monthly webinars. To learn more, visit zengerfolkman.com/events.

To listen to past podcast episodes and view the notes for this episode, visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast. There you can also enter our monthly book contest.

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