Do 360 Degree Feedback, Leadership Seminars and Competencies Work? Does #HR?

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No they don’t.

I recently asked a CEO if the only evidence is anecdotal why do they employ such costly interventions. The roundtable discussions, retreats, conferences, leadership speakers who can’t demonstrate any competency except they penned a book.

His reply? I don’t know.

I am aligned with Jim Clifton head of Gallup who calls it like he sees it write, “Leaders go to seminars, hire consultants, and employ a long list of interventions — competencies, 360s, and so forth. I don’t think any of them work. What’s worse, nobody really cares that they don’t work.

Most CEOs I know honestly don’t care about employees or take an interest in human resources. Sure, they know who their stars are — but it ends there. Since the people in the corner offices don’t care, they never put much pressure on their HR departments to get their workplace cultures right, and this allows HR to implement all kinds of development and succession strategies that don’t work.”

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Training is a $16 Billion dollar industry. Most of it appeases employees and consultants. HR feels the satisfaction that we ae doing something proactive. They aren’t.

Because essentially the greatest bottleneck to any organizational change remains management. The least innovative or all aspects of business.

Think about the sheer absurdity of focusing on innovating new products and services without innovating management and leadership throughout all levels.

Consider the novelty of another intervention by experts providing an engagement tourniquet of team building activities that hasn’t worked. And the beat goes on.

Here is what you do. This will require painful surgery.

In a Gallup survey it was proven organization’s choose the wrong talent for the job at a startling 82% of the time. Continues Clifton:Those companies are wasting time and resources attempting to train bad managers to be who they’re not. Nothing fixes the wrong pick.”

“There’s a reason for this — authentic management talent is very rare. Gallup research shows that just one in 10 have the natural, God-given talent to manage. Those gifted people know how to motivate every individual on their team; boldly review performance; build relationships; overcome adversity; and make decisions based on productivity, not politics. A manager with no real talent for the job will deal with workplace problems through manipulation and unhelpful office politics, because they lack the inner personal courage required to manage teams effectively.” […] Read more at Gallup

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Hire Jim Woods, speakers, leadership, consultant, hr, innovationJim is president of InnoThink Group and Leadership Matters.  He is a leader in workplace learning, productivity, performance, and leadership training solutions. For over 25 years, we have helped companies improve their performance, productivity, and bottom-line results. You can reach Jim for speaking and consulting at 719-306-5264.

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Jim Woods is president of The Jim Woods Group. A management consulting firm. Go here to see his work He advises and speaks to organizations large and small on how to increase top line growth in times of uncertainty and complexity. Some of his speaking and consulting clients include: U.S. Army, MITRE Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Whirlpool, and 3M. See more at his website

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