One of my favourite leadership authors, Dr Martyn Newman, published a paper last month entitled “7 Things You Need to Know About Leadership Training. How to stop wasting money on leadership training and maximise ROI on Leadership Training”.
A stunning title which caught my eye for 3 reasons:
1. It rang bells for me, and sure enough it was an adaptation of the same 7 transformational factors I had read in his book. My memory’s not that bad after all!
2. It included eye-catching leadership practice improvements from employing this methodology compared to average leadership development, i.e. 4-5 times better.
3. It started me thinking about Richard Boyatzis’ Intentional Change Theory which had also demonstrated similar striking results.
When I compared the two processes, Martyn’s and Richard’s, I found lots of similarities, which is reassuring because it’s common sense, just not common practice. Where have you heard that before?
Why do otherwise sensible people go it alone when we have available such dedicated academics and practitioners willing to offer decades of knowledge and solid research? Whatever the reason, they keep on doing it, wasting lots of money, for next to no gain. You can avoid doing that by investing a little time and effort in reading up on Martyn and Richard’s approaches. They are readily available on the internet.