Searching for Solutions: Why Does Leadership Development Often Fail?

By Claude Werder, Vice President and Principal HCM Analyst, Brandon Hall Group

Employers pay more attention to leadership development than any other area of human capital management, according to the latest Brandon Hall Group research. But only one in five organizations believes their LD programs have a significant impact on the business.

To make matters worse, despite generally dismal results from LD programs, most organizations pledge each year to spend more time and money on them.

Let’s stop the insanity. Companies can’t keep cranking out the same type of leadership development programs year after year and expect a different result.

Leadership development is vitally important and we want to be part of the solution by providing new frameworks and tools. But we need your help. We have some important questions we need you to answer. For instance:

  • Is LD focused on mastery of foundational skills? If not, why not?
  • Is LD focused on competencies that reflect business objectives? If not, why not?
  • Does your organization ensure personal and professional goals of high-potentials line up with business culture and objectives? If not, why not?
  • Do organizations measure LD in ways that show whether behaviors are changing? If not, why not?

You get the idea. This survey is short and to the point. (And if you’re using leading practices, it’s even shorter because you don’t have to tell us why you’re not doing them.)

Click on this link to take the survey.

We’ll give you a summary report of the LD research, a related report from our library — and we’ll throw in a $5 Amazon gift card for the first 100 respondents. It’s not a trip to Vegas or anything, but one can never have enough Amazon gift card dollars.

Help us help you and thousands of other organizations get LD right. Click here to take the survey.

Claude Werder, Vice President and Principal HCM Analyst Brandon Hall Group

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Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.

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