Blog: talent development

Is Discretionary Energy a Key to Your Business Success?

Bob Wiesner | Mar 06, 2017

Leaders and team members regularly enlist the help of colleagues.  Or should I say expect the help of colleagues.  Yet often, they don’t get...

Are You a Mentor or a Coach? There’s a Difference

Bob Wiesner | Feb 28, 2017

If there were ever two business terms that can be confused for each other, it’s gotta be “mentor” and “coach.”  I’ve trained executives and...

Many Learning Moments Create One Learning Culture

Bob Wiesner | Sep 22, 2016

  A learning culture predicts an organization with the capacity for growth, innovation, and highly-engaged work teams.  Evidence of this abounds. The challenge is...

The Extra Mile Isn’t About Distance – It’s About Energy

Bob Wiesner | Sep 22, 2016

  We’ve all been urged to go the extra mile.  We’ve encouraged, assessed, compensated and dismissed our employees for going (or not going) the...

In Defense of Performance Appraisals

Bob Wiesner | Aug 06, 2016

As news and commentary on the imminent demise of the performance appraisal has flooded the business press (and social media), I’ve found myself swept...

Be an Assertive Leader Without Being a Jerk

Bob Wiesner | Aug 05, 2016

You can’t spell “assertive” without a-s-s.  That doesn’t mean that the assertive leader has to be an ass. (BTW, there’s no I in “team,”...

If You’re a Manager Someone is Always Watching

Bob Wiesner | Apr 16, 2016

  Few would dispute the idea that we have less and less direct contact with those with whom we work.  That covers our clients,...

Want to Prevent Growth? Stop Training Your Managers

Bob Wiesner | Apr 16, 2016

  Ever wonder what it would be like to work in a company run by Millennials?  The New York Times did, and published this...

No Such Thing as a Millennial Anymore

Bob Wiesner | Feb 17, 2016

Millennials probably comprise about half your workforce right now.  More if you’re in the advertising, social or tech space. The Millennial cohort is probably...

Want Behavior Change? Get the Sequence Right

Bob Wiesner | Jan 08, 2016

Organizations going through change can put a lot of pressure on their employees to engage in new behaviors.  That’s why  most change initiatives happen...