Bill Bryson’s book, A Short History of Nearly Everything is an extremely entertaining — at times LOL funny — recap of some of the world’s biggest shifts in scientific understanding. He cites many humorous, and sometimes tragic, examples of prominent scientists who can’t change their thinking despite mounting evidence to the contrary.
Here’s an example:
“As late as 1909, the great British physicist J. J. Thomson was insisting, ‘The ether is not a fantastic creation of the speculative philosopher; it is as essential to us as the air we breathe’ — this more than four years after it was pretty incontestably established that it didn’t exist. People, in short, were really attached to the ether.”
While not as sharp and clear as the existence of ether, I am continually struck by how much difficulty senior HR/OD/training leaders and operating executives have in letting go of old ideas about leadership and coaching skill development that are now proven to be less effective or just not so.
I cover some of this research in my complimentary webinar, Groundbreaking New Approaches to Leadership and Coaching Development. Here’s some of the counter-intuitive and research findings I touch on:
- Why current development approaches aren’t filling the leadership pipeline
- Key leadership and coaching competencies that have the greatest impact on productivity, engagement, turnover, sales, customer service, safety, and profitability
- How to outperform by building on strengths rather than focusing on weakness
- How to make 360 assessments 2-3 times more effective and a positive experience
- How cross-training moves leaders and performers from good to great
- Common coaching traps that diminish effectiveness
- Key coaching skills and an effective coaching culture
- Strategies to strengthen employee engagement
- Guiding highly effective coaching conversations.
Go to Groundbreaking New Approaches to Leadership and Coaching Development to view this webinar now.
If you watch, perhaps you’ll see with new eyes the truth of Umair Haq’s advice, “It’s only when you drop yesterday’s assumptions that you can glimpse tomorrow’s patterns and possibilities.”