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Using over 1.5 million assessments from leaders across the world, renowned psychometrician Joe Folkman and leadership legend Jack Zenger are here to settle the debates and let the data speak for itself. Each week they analyze different leadership traits, trends, and what it really takes to get to the 90th percentile. These short episodes feature compelling stories, research, and actions that leaders can take to improve. To learn more visit http://zengerfolkman.com/podcast/.
 
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Details We’ve all heard the claims, the theories, and the speculation about the ways leadership styles vary between women and men. There are, of course, many factors that contribute to this absence of a greater abundance of women leaders in senior-level positions. For centuries, there have been broad cultural biases against women, and stereotypes d…
 
Details Is there someone on your team who seems unusually productive? Someone who gets a huge amount done — without working longer hours? How do they do it? That’s what their coworkers usually wonder. We wanted to know too. In this episode, we share the results from a study with 7,000 employees showing which skills define these super productive her…
 
Details No one expects ever to be described as an arrogant or complacent boss. Most leaders we know have the assumption that their career will be akin to a musical crescendo. It may start quietly and slowly, but they believe that as they age, more responsibility will come. And because of their years of experience, they will continually improve at m…
 
Details Habits are things you automatically do every day. It’s your morning routine, how you make your favorite drink, or the fact that you always leave every cabinet door open when you leave a room. It is the actions you perform without thinking because they are ingrained into who you are. Researchers at Duke University estimate that habits accoun…
 
Details Executives in every company we work with express concerns about their ability to attract and retain managerial talent. The solutions for most organizations are to either recruit young workers directly from school and invest in their development, pirate leadership talent from competitors, or find it internally. Of these alternatives, we stro…
 
Details The audiobook version of The Trifecta of Trust: The Proven Formula for Building and Restoring Trust is on sale at AUTHORS DIRECT. The audiobook can also be purchased on AUDIBLE, NOOK, GOOGLE PLAY, KOBO, CHIRP, AUDIOBOOKS.COM, and SCRIBD. If you devote a third of your life to your job, then it is worth focusing on the one trait that will sig…
 
Details Due to the pandemic, the past few years have ushered in the past century’s most significant shifts in working environments. According to data scientist at Ladders projections, 25% of all professional jobs in North America will be remote by the end of 2022, and remote opportunities will continue to increase through 2023. We have had a couple…
 
Details Download the new eBook, Inspiring in the New Era. A lot has been written about what inspiring leaders DO. From their moving speeches to their magnetic ability to connect. How could you dismiss their powers of persuasion? We often picture inspiring leaders as fearless and attractive because we see them in the movies defeating all odds. But i…
 
Details Have you ever tried to change anyone’s behavior at work? It can be extremely frustrating. So often the effort produces an opposite result: rupturing the relationship, diminishing job performance, or causing the person to dig in their heels. Still, some approaches clearly work better than others. We reviewed a dataset of 2,852 direct reports…
 
Details Why do managers avoid giving praise? When talking with managers about giving feedback, we often hear comments such as, “I did not sleep the night before,” “I just wanted to get it over quickly,” “My hands were sweating, and I was nervous,” and “They don’t pay me enough to do this job.” Because of this anxiety, we find that some managers res…
 
Details In a society that showers attention on those in power, it is valuable to remember that those in the C suite are not the only ones doing the remarkable everyday work that causes organizations to excel. Much of the excellence comes from the host of people who conscientiously get work done and constantly look … Continued The post Episode 56: E…
 
Details Conjure up the term “bad boss,” and what comes to mind? Scenes of red-faced people berating subordinates in public. Smarmy souls taking credit for other people’s work or saying one thing and doing another and cutting remarks. Yelling. Feel free to continue — we’re sure you can. In this podcast episode, we’re digging into … Continued The pos…
 
Details The variety of shortages causing major disruptions has rippling effects that seem to grow more consequential daily. But the one shortage that is the most concerning to us is HUMAN ENERGY. Every employee is under constant pressure to perform as we are being asked to do more with less–to be more productive and effective and … Continued The po…
 
Details Increasingly, science and technology are occupying a much more significant role within companies and consumers. But leaders in STEMM organizations are finding a lack of gender diversity, difficulties in retaining female talent, and in the agility of leadership. Researchers from Zenger Folkman and Arcadia compared 360 feedback from 16,419 ST…
 
Details Each individual has their decision-making tools in their back pocket, ready to utilize for every choice regardless of how different they are. However, if we truly want to become better at the art of making decisions, then we need to break out of these patterns and see things differently, even if that pushes us … Continued The post Episode 9…
 
Details Over the last few years, we have gathered data from over 18,000 leaders on their preference for speaking versus deep listening. While very few completely doubt the efficacy of deep listening, many leaders fail to see the remarkable value of being an excellent listener. Rather than taking the time to carefully understand the other … Continue…
 
Details There’s a need to greatly increase the frequency and the quality of the recognition they give to their colleagues. That means recognition for people who report to them, their peers, and, yes, even their boss. The reality is that people in every direction in your organization need recognition. While the “great resignation” may have … Continu…
 
Details The tides are shifting, and the economic downturn is causing some big corporate layoffs. After doing some research with one firm that had a major layoff, Zenger Folkman found some common traits among those who were let go. In this leadership podcast episode, we’re sharing some helpful tips for keeping your name off that … Continued The post…
 
Details That feeling of not being an insider, but more of an observer, has a profound impact on your engagement, effort, and commitment. Perhaps you’re relishing the freedoms given through your work-from-home schedule or limited office time, but you recognize there may be a disconnect happening. On the other hand, you could be sitting in … Continue…
 
Details Quiet quitting is a new name for behavior that has long existed. Today the term is mainly applied to individuals who reject the idea that work should be a central focus of their life. They resist the expectation of giving their all or putting in extra hours. They say “No” to requests to go … Continued The post Episode 86: Quiet Quitting is …
 
Details Are we growing leadership in organizations the wrong way? Developing high-potentials isn’t a bad strategy for success—unless you do it at the expense of your other employees. It’s time to focus on leaders at all levels. Organizations die just like trees: They can fail from forces at the top, in the middle, or at … Continued The post Episode…
 
Details Many underestimate how important execution is to their careers, it is true that bosses place a premium on execution, which we define as the ability to achieve individual goals and objectives. There are many parts of your job that are important, but if you want to move ahead in your career, it might be time … Continued The post Episode 84: 4…
 
Details The audiobook version of The Trifecta of Trust: The Proven Formula for Building and Restoring Trust is now available Take advantage of the promotional launch price until August 31st! The audiobook can be purchased on AUDIBLE, NOOK, GOOGLE PLAY, KOBO, CHIRP, AUDIOBOOKS.COM, and SCRIBD. This chapter discusses the three elements of the trifect…
 
Details Many qualified candidates that are ready to be promoted never see it happen. But what if this common problem that leaders experience could be solved with one overlooked leadership quality. If you want to move up, then research shows you need to start working on your strategic thinking skills. In this episode, we will … Continued The post Ep…
 
Details With summertime’s flexible and ever-changing schedule, it’s a struggle to stay fully engaged with many distractions and temptations. At the office, you didn’t know what you were missing, but at home, you are very aware. In this episode, we are exploring the research behind how to keep your team engaged during summer slumps, and … Continued …
 
Details: Coaching conversations are worth planning. They take up valuable time for both parties, so that time should be put to its most efficient use. A good coaching conversation can improve relationships, performance, motivation, and results. In this episode, we discuss a proven framework for coaching conversations to guide leaders effectively th…
 
Details: There is high-interest today in how managers can be better coaches and how companies can use external and internal coaches more effectively to enhance and sustain any development activity. The Zenger Folkman company has published a good deal about the positive impact of coaching on helping leaders be more effective, including how that impa…
 
Details Over the past year, there has been a call for leaders to be less demanding and more empathetic toward individual employees. They need to inspire and motivate them to work, not demand results! However, our analysis of 360-degree assessments showed that the most effective leaders also know how to “push people, but are not … Continued The post…
 
Details: Of the organizations using 360-degree feedback, 95% of them use it solely for individual development. But are they gaining the full value that a 360-degree assessment could provide? From the organization and individual perspectives, the future could be much better. In this episode, we explore a dramatically improved future for all leadersh…
 
Details Register for the Trifecta of Trust development session. If I trust you, are you more likely to trust another person? And, if I distrust another person are they more likely to distrust me? Trust is unfortunately a contagious emotion that can spread for good or bad. In this episode, we are discussing the effects … Continued The post Episode 7…
 
Details Order your copy of The Trifecta of Trust: The Proven Formula for Building and Restoring Trust. In Trifecta of Trust, psychometrics and leadership expert Joseph R. Folkman has collected a mountain of compelling data to make the irrefutable case for the value of trust in leadership. His research shows that there are three core behaviors … Con…
 
Details Order your copy of The Trifecta of Trust: The Proven Formula for Building and Restoring Trust. In 2019, Joe Folkman wrote an article for Harvard Business Review based on research he conducted on trust in organizations. He found that trust is a leading indicator of whether others evaluate you positively or negatively. But how … Continued The…
 
Details As you think about your peers at work, are they some of your best friends, always helpful and supportive, or are they your harshest critics, pointing out your mistakes and flaws? While everyone’s situation is different, the answer to this question often is, “It depends.” Context is critical here, and overtime in an organization, … Continued…
 
Details Stress comes to us all in tiny minor assaults throughout our day through relationships and interactions that are too numerous to shake off quickly. The problem is that most of us have come to accept micro-stresses as just a normal part of a day, but they are wearing us down. In our episode, Karen … Continued The post Episode 76: Identifying…
 
Details: Bold is a positive word. Bold leaders are champions of change and are willing to challenge themselves and their thinking patterns with things like inclusion, diversity, and unconscious bias. Is the world afraid of BOLD leaders or is that exactly the type of leadership trait we should try to possess? In this episode, we’re … Continued The p…
 
Details Inertia is ever-present and always powerful. That’s why people who are skilled at taking initiative stand out. There are energizer bunnies that keep going and going and leave the rest of us wondering how do they do it without burning out? In this episode, we share the secrets of taking initiative and keeping yourself … Continued The post Ep…
 
Details The decision a leader makes regarding their leadership behavior has a profound impact on their career, and the performance of those reporting to them. But the great majority of leaders began their careers with the target of being a good accountant, engineer, marketer, or analyst. Few had set their sights on being an extraordinary leader. … …
 
Details: There are many things competing for your attention every minute of the day. Human attention is the ultimate scarce resource. One of the characteristics that organizations value most in a leader is the ability to consistently produce good results—in short, leaders are valued in large part for how productive they are. What gets in … Continue…
 
Details This episode features guest Roy Banks, CEO of Weave talking about their organization’s dedication to building a people-first culture that benefits both employees and customers. Roy Banks has served as our Chief Executive Officer since December 2020 and as a member of our board of directors since August 2021. He has significant experience in…
 
Details We all love a chance to think through how to do something different and express originality. But most days, most work feels fundamental. Why do organizations have so much trouble facilitating employee creativity? In this episode, we discuss how you can become a creative superstar. To read his latest research, subscribe to Joe Folkman’s Link…
 
Details How would you describe the culture of your organization? Some might say, “It’s the smell of the place,” or, “It’s how things are done around here.” However, the ultimate summary statement on the topic may have been Peter Drucker’s familiar saying, “Culture eats strategy for lunch.” In this episode, we discuss how changing your … Continued T…
 
Details How much can you learn about someone from a silly question? We’ve been collecting data from the business and professional leaders who read our articles. The question we asked was this, “If you were given a choice of two special powers, which would you prefer? A. Ability to fly or B. Power to be … Continued The post Episode 69: Would You Cho…
 
Details Helping and serving others reinforces the connection people have with their colleagues, but it also increases our sense of well-being and can lower depression. So what does the world need right now? In this episode, we are exploring the behaviors of those who are deemed, helpful leaders. To read his latest research, subscribe to … Continued…
 
Details CEO, Vice President, Director, Supervisor, Manager, or Individual contributor each organizational position comes with its own set of demands. While being great at everything would be ideal, the majority of us are only human and subject to our inability to achieve perfection. In this episode, we discuss the different skills that leaders need…
 
Details If a basketball, football, or baseball team wins nine games out of 10, most people assume that this is an outstanding team. Sports teams do not win every game. It would not be that entertaining to watch the games if they did. But what if a person delivers on their commitments nine times out … Continued The post Episode 66: Cultivating Consi…
 
Details Many people assume that it’s possible for a person to be an effective leader without being really likable. After all, work isn’t a popularity contest. That is technically true, but you may not like the odds. In this episode, we’re revealing why even if you’re a senior leader or project manager you still should … Continued The post Episode 6…
 
Details An essential skill we need in practically every life scenario is the ability to analyze and solve problems. While we would all love to have someone to do the work for us, most of the time, we need to figure it out ourselves. So what kind of skills do practically perfect problem solvers possess? … Continued The post Episode 64: 8 Traits of P…
 
Details Too many managers avoid giving any kind of feedback, regardless of whether it’s positive or negative. If you work for a boss who doesn’t provide feedback, it’s easy to feel rudderless. In this episode, we will discuss how to improve at work when you’re not getting feedback. New Self-Directed Course Learn more about our short … Continued The…
 
Details Perhaps you have seen the Where’s Waldo? books. When placed in a crowd or a complex surrounding, Waldo is an odd individual who becomes difficult to find. Often, when a leader fails to be a good role model or sets a bad example, they believe that their actions will be hidden, much like Waldo. In … Continued The post Episode 62: How to Elimi…
 
Details It’s that time of year to make plans and whether you’ve been at your job for many years or are just beginning it always helps to keep in mind some ways that you can impress your boss and progress in your career path. In this episode, we’re sharing our research on five different ways … Continued The post Episode 61: 5 Ways to Impress Your Bo…
 
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