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Frontline Festival: Leaders Share about Executive Development

Frontline Festival: Leaders Share about Executive Development

by | Nov 19, 2020 | By Karin Hurt and David Dye, Frontline Festival

In this month’s Frontline Festival, top leadership experts share their perspectives and insights on executive development.  Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors.

Executive Development on a Personal Level

Eileen McDargh of The Resiliency Group shares When You Lose Your Why.  What happens when you lose your WHY? Life becomes a chore, work is a dead end and you lose your passion. Both executives and their teams must find their WHY in order to find their purpose. Follow Eileen.


Paul LaruePaul LaRue of The Upwards Leader asks, Are You a Competent Leader? Too often we measure competence in technical and hard skills. But there’s strong evidence to show that competency in soft skills makes for more effective leadership Follow Paul.


John Stoker of DialogueWORKS shares Why Do People Become Defensive? Six Factors That Influence Defensiveness. I am frequently asked, “Why do people become so defensive?” The key to understanding others’ defensiveness is understanding ourselves. Here are a few reasons people become defensive. Follow Jon.


S. Chris Edmonds of Driving Results through Culture shares a Culture Leadership Charge: Leadership Audit.  A great practice for all leaders to embrace is to conduct a regular audit of their leadership efforts and impact, especially in unprecedented times. Follow Chris.


Beth BeutlerBeth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited reminds us that we are all growing and developing every day, in one direction or another. She asks, are we being intentional to think well as we process the situations that come up in both our personal and professional lives? It helps to have trusted friends and/or colleagues with which to have ongoing discussions, rather than just allow life to “happen” without processing it in a healthy way.  If you don’t have those friends, look at people you admire and see if they might be willing to engage with you on a topic or two, and see where the friendship goes from there. Follow Beth.

Ken Downer of Rapid Start Leadership shares, Cleaning House: 5 Leadership Messes to Clean Up Before You Let Neighbors In. Leadership is a people business at heart, and it can get pretty messy from time to time. Like maintaining a house, good leaders recognize that unattended leadership messes can smell up the whole place. Here are five of the worst, and what to do about them. Follow Ken.

Jon Verbeck of Verbeck Associates shares Budget Time – Time to Reflect, Review, Refocus. It’s budget season; time to get your budget process started and formalize your plan for 2021. Before you panic and say, But I’m Not an Accountant! remember that all executive leaders need to develop at least a basic understanding of the financial outlook for the companies they own or help to manage to make wise decisions! Use this as an opportunity to learn and enhance your leadership skills. Follow Jon.

Michelle CubasMichelle Cubas of Positive Potentials shares Set the Pace for Executive Development. All bets are off on the way we did business in 2019. This is a perfect time to reassess our definitions of success, leadership, and expression of values. A small company must define what it means to be an executive within its context. Here are questions you can begin to ask . . .  Follow Michelle.



Executive Development for your Team

Nate Regier of Next Element Consulting shares Seven Timeless Leadership Principles Revealed During Crisis. Here are seven timeless leadership principles that were real before the pandemic, but certainly have been revealed more clearly during this crisis. Embracing them makes you a better leader (and happier in general.) Follow Nate.


Rachel Blakely-Gray

Rachel Blakely-Gray of Patriot Software shares How to Come Up with an Executive Development Game Plan. An executive development program can help grow business leaders’ professional skills through ongoing training and education. Get started on creating your executive development plan with these three steps. Follow Rachel.


 Dr. Artika Tyner of Planting People Growing Justice Leadership shares Women Leading Change: Making a Difference in the World.  Women play a critical role in leading change. Now is the time to help women executives to embrace their unique leadership qualities, foster their leadership development, and make a difference in the world. Follow Artika.

Robyn McLeodRobyn McLeod of Thoughtful Leaders Blog presents The Ugly Truth about Delegation – and How to Do it Well, where she shares that by delegating projects and tasks to others, you provide the opportunity to develop new skills, build knowledge, and gain greater visibility within your organization. Follow Robyn.


David GrossmanDavid Grossman of The Grossman Group shares Motivate with Feedback: Focus on the 4 Fs of Feedback (and the Future). Sharing feedback with colleagues is a critical part of working together successfully. While some folks hesitate to provide feedback, others understand the value in the outcome when it’s done well: better employee performance, motivation and stronger relationships. When you’re ready for a productive conversation, follow this proven methodology, “The Four Fs of Feedback.” Follow David.

Chip Bell Chip R. Bell of the Chip Bell Group gives us How Innovative Leaders Care and Feed Skunks. Innovation is nurtured and cultivated by leaders who create an atmosphere of safety and trust. The result is a climate of learning and discovery, all crucial for breakthroughs and creativity. Follow Chip.


Shelley RowShelley Row of Shelley Row Associates gives us Three Reasons Do-It-Yourself Leadership Development is a Bad Business Decision. It seems like a good idea to use your existing senior staff to develop and conduct leadership training for mid and up-and-coming engineer managers. After all, you’re already paying them and they have proven leadership skills. Why not use them to train others? They may be proven leaders but are they proven educators? Are they trained in designing content to achieve specific behavioral goals? Are they skilled in creating a program that is engaging, memorable and “sticky?” Do they have time to provide follow-up?  These are important questions to consider. Follow Shelley

Are you a leadership writer? We’d love to have you join us with your articles, videos, podcast episodes, or simply your best thinking on the topic (even if you don’t have additional content to link.) Our topic for December is Best of 2020. Click here to submit your thoughts and content!

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Karin Hurt and David Dye help human-centered leaders find clarity in uncertainty, drive innovation, and achieve breakthrough results. As CEO and President of Let’s Grow Leaders, they are known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. Karin and David are the award-winning authors of five books including, Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Workplace Conflict. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. David Dye is a former executive and elected official. Karin and David are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.

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