This week I listened to a fascinating lecture by Dr David Rock from the Neuro Leadership Group.  In relation to performance management, he talked about the importance of organizations moving from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. Let me explain!

A fixed mindset in one in which we believe we are born smart (or not) and that we have a certain amount of talent.  Therefore we cannot change or improve and any additional effort makes no difference.  Feedback is not helpful and there is no need to pay attention to what you can do better. 

A growth mindset, on the other hand, is where we believe we are born to learn and that we can change.  Therefore effort is...

Repeated research has shown, and confirmed, that when people learn by being 'told', they can recall 70% of the information after 3 weeks, but only 10% after 3 months.

When people are 'told' and 'shown' they can recall 72% after 3 weeks and 32% after 3 months.

Training that involves 'telling', 'showing' and 'experiencing' has an 85% recall after 3 weeks and a significantly increased 65% after 3 months.

The results speak for themselves!  When people are actively involved in the learning process their retention, and therefore effectiveness, is significantly greater. Effective adult education and learning includes interaction and participation. This requires a radical shift in how we plan and conduct our training programs. To achieve an effective return on...

'Ultimately leadership is about turning a vision into reality; it's about producing real results in the real world.  And that is only done through people doing what it takes to make it happen'... writes Henry Cloud in Boundaries for Leaders.   A great plan needs people to make it work, and leaders need to be able to invest time and energy into people in order to get results and create thriving teams.

Cloud suggests that 'when leaders lead in ways that people's brains can follow, good results follow as well.'  He states that two essential components of leading people relate to the boundaries of 'what you create' and 'what you allow'.  As leaders we create direction, vision, goals and strategy, which...