Catherine Lombardozzi, Ed.D.

Make Talent Your Business

By |2022-09-03T20:06:40+00:00September 3rd, 2022|Book Reviews, Developing People|

Over the last five months, I’ve been “blogging a book” on the leader’s role in developing people. Early on, I lamented that there wasn’t enough written on the subject, and called dibs on authoring a good book on the subject. In the meantime, I’ve run across Make Talent Your Business by Wendy Axelrod and Jeannie [...]

Developing people who develop people

By |2022-08-15T18:31:06+00:00August 10th, 2022|Developing People, Leader Development|

From CEO to front-line supervisor, making sure that people are honing their skills – and thereby ensuring the workforce has the capability to deliver on corporate goals and initiatives – is a primary accountability. And being effective in that role isn’t learned by osmosis any more than understanding a balance sheet or marketing tactics. We [...]

The value of playing to strengths

By |2022-07-25T15:19:25+00:00July 25th, 2022|Developing People, Leader-Led Development, Strengths|

It’s counterintuitive, I know, but when we think about developing people, we should consider working on those areas in which they are already strong rather than their purported weaknesses. That’s a hard concept to reconcile when we are staring at the results of a competency assessment that has several clearly low-rated items. But unless those [...]

People development requires a custom fit

By |2022-07-14T16:36:18+00:00July 14th, 2022|Developing People|

Humans are wondrously diverse. We differ by age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, skin color, primary language, education, wealth, family make-up, neurological wiring, health, fitness level, geographic origin, religious affiliation, culture, and more. Our interests and hobbies vary, as do our political beliefs and the causes we support. We differ in how we think, how [...]

Tapping into the hive mind

By |2022-06-17T03:53:41+00:00June 17th, 2022|Developing People, Leader-Led Development, Social Learning|

There is no doubt that interpersonal connections are critical to growth and innovation. Part of the origin story for Silicon Valley is a belief that many of the groundbreaking innovations born there were made possible by the close proximity of all those tech companies, which enabled employees in separate companies to interact with one another. [...]

Modeling the role model role

By |2022-05-12T22:19:58+00:00May 12th, 2022|Developing People|

One of the ways leaders coach others is by example – by demonstrating skills and attitudes. Often, you can show expertise in technical skills to people coming up behind you. But even if you don’t have your team’s full skill set, you can role model many other important skills – being a lifelong learner, acting [...]

Coaching for growth and development

By |2022-05-03T17:31:56+00:00May 3rd, 2022|Developing People|

I suspect I’m going to regret choosing “coach” as the catch-all title for developmental moves that introduce and hone knowledge and skill. It has a lot of different connotations. For some, coaching has a specific meaning related to providing a one-on-one counseling/consulting service meant to guide senior leaders and organizations. As Josh Bersin pointed out [...]

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