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March 24, 2017

Weekly Round-Up: Leading By Giving Support, Culture DNA, Who Cares When Leadership Fails, Leadership Training Pays Off, & The Secret to Preserving Top Talent

Welcome to my weekly round-up of recent top leadership and communication blog posts. As many of you know, each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays, I pull some of my favorites together here on my blog.


This week you’ll read articles on start leading by giving support, why HR can’t lead cultural change, who cares when leadership fails, leadership development does pay off, and the secret to preserving top talent.

These articles will provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran there’ll be something here for you.

  • Stop Aspiring To Lead And Start Leading By Giving Support
    By Joshua Spodek (@spodek via @TanveerNaseer), Tanveer Naseer

    “People who aspire to lead look upward in a hierarchy to find power and authority they can grab onto to pull themselves up. That’s why they’re still aspiring and not leading. People above them can sense their craving, which they can motivate them with, which makes them followers, not leaders…”
  • Why HR Can’t Lead Cultural Change
    By Tim Kuppler (@TLNT_com), TLNT

    “Edgar Schein and the subject of organizational culture are forever linked due to his pioneering efforts in the field. His hallmark book, Organizational Culture and Leadership, has been a resource for more than 30 years. Ed shared insights from its recently released  fifth edition during an interview at the Human Synergistics Ultimate Culture Conference last fall…”
  • Leadership Fails and Who Cares?
    By Jon Mertz (@ThinDifference), Thin Difference

    “Startup leaders need to grow up. Besides MBAs, startup leaders show a lack of sound values. Take Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber. He confesses, “I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up.” With cultural issues of sexual harassment and more, Travis says he needs to hire a chief operating officer (COO) to help him…”
  • FALSE: All Leadership Development is Ineffective
    By Barry Stern, PH.D. (@barster1 via @DDIworld), Development Dimensions International, Inc.

    “It’s become fashionable to characterize leadership training efforts as failures, with reputable data points and sources supporting this claim. In her 2012 book The End of Leadership, Barbara Kellerman talks about the failure of the “leadership industry.” The Harvard Business Review referred to “The Great Training Robbery” in a 2016 article assailing leadership training...”
  • Leaders: This Is The Secret To Preserving Top Talent
    By Joelle K. Jay (@JoelleKJay via @Inc), Inc.

    “Bringing a personal leadership approach to an organization - or even to your own work - requires three steps. If company leaders hope to keep top talent, they are going to have to preserve their most talented employees. If talented employees hope to fulfill their potential, they are going to have to learn to think differently…”

What were some of the top leadership articles you read this week?

—David Grossman 

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