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DDI have released an extensive report on “Overcoming the Shortfalls in Developing Leaders”.

The report points to Leaders needing Coaches as an effective solution to overcome the shortcomings.

“After poring over the wealth of information we collected from more than 13,700 leaders and HR professionals around the world, we are
convinced that organizations can and must do a much better job of developing their leaders”.

More leaders gave high effectiveness ratings to learning activities that involve interacting with others, such as workshops or coaching. The HR ratings indicate that organizations provide plenty of workshops, but not enough coaching.

The full report and Country lists can be obtained here with additional downloads:

http://www.ddiworld.com/thoughtleadership/globalleadershipforecast2008.asp

Colin

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To head off into the weekend I thought I would share this note that I just received from a client I have been coaching for a little over a year:

One day, there was a blind man sitting on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet and a sign that read: ‘I am blind, please help.’

A Coach was walking by and stopped to observe. He saw that the blind man had only a few coins in his hat. He dropped in more coins and, asked for permission to change the sign, the Coach then took the sign and rewrote it.

He returned the sign to the blind man and left. That afternoon the Coach returned to the blind man and noticed that his hat was full of bills and coins.

The blind man recognized his footsteps and asked if it was he who had rewritten his sign and wanted to know what he had written on it.

The Coach responded: “Nothing that was not true. I just wrote the message a little differently.” He smiled and went on his way.

The new sign read: “Today is Spring and I cannot see it”.

Sometimes we need to change our thinking. If we always do what we’ve always done, we’ll always get what we’ve always got.

“Be the Change”

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