Build an A-Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve by Whitney JohnsonWhats the secret to having an engaged and productive team? Its having a plan for developing all employees--no matter where they are on their personal learning curves.
Better morale and higher performance happen through learning, argues Whitney Johnson. In over twenty years of coaching, investing, and consulting, Johnson has seen that employees need continuous learning and fresh challenges to stay motivated.
The best bosses know this, and they know how to make it happen by thoughtfully designing people’s jobs around the skills they have today as well as the skills theyll need to be even more valuable tomorrow. Thats how entire organizations stay competitive in an unpredictable, rapidly changing business environment.
In this book, Johnson explains how to become one of those bosses and how to build your A-team by:
Identifying what your employees already know and what they need to learn
Designing their jobs to maximize engagement and learning
Applying a seven-step process for leading each person up their learning curve
We all want opportunities to learn, experiment, and grow in our jobs. When our bosses work with us to help us leap to new challenges, the result is a team that knows how to thrive, no matter what the future holds.
Article: Decoding the power of disruptive innovation with Whitney Johnson
Every single person is on a S-shaped learning curve that looks like a roller-coaster. The problem is that you get bored and start feeling checked out … so you need to jump back to the bottom of a new learning curve. On average, each learning curve lasts about 4 years. You spend months at the low spot, 2 years at the sweet spot, and finally another months at the high point. You have too many new and inexperienced people. It just means that you need to get them more training in order to help them into the steep part of the learning curve.
EP 93: How to Build an A Team and How to Disrupt Yourself with Whitney Johnson
Buy my most recent book, Build an A-Team. I speak on innovation and personal disruption, delivering my message to audiences across the globe., Author and advisor Whitney Johnson , named one of the 50 leading business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50 , is an expert on disruptive innovation and personal disruption.
Do you want to have a high-performing team that strives for greatness, even in the face of uncertainty? Building morale and high performance are about engagement, and engagement is all about learning, argues Whitney Johnson. In over twenty years of research, investing, consulting, and coaching, Johnson has seen that people need continuous learning and fresh challenges to stay engaged. We all want opportunities to learn, experiment, and grow in our jobs. The best bosses know this, and they know how to make it happen through thoughtful role design and just enough challenge.
If you do something disruptive today, then the probability that you can be disruptive tomorrow increases. Momentum creates momentum. Recognized as one of the 50 leading business thinkers in the world Thinkers50 , Whitney Johnson is an expert on disruptive innovation and personal disruption. In addition to being a speaker, author, and an advisor, Whitney is one of Marshall Goldsmith's original cohorts of 25 for the Coaches Project and is a coach for Harvard Business School's Executive Education program. In the case of products and services, disruptive innovation usually starts small but over time, it becomes something like what Toyota did to General Motors, telephone did to the telegraph, or the car did to the horse and buggy. With personal disruption, an individual starts at the bottom of a career ladder, climbs to the top of that same ladder, but then jumps to the bottom of a new ladder.
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