Author Archives: Steffan Surdek

How To Make Your Leadership More Powerful With Loop Learning – forbes.com

As leaders, it’s very difficult to create change in our organizations. One of the biggest problems is that over time, we forget what drives our change and what progress we’re making. When we work with our teams, change sometimes feels to them as if it lacks structure and meaning.

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Q&A: Why Experiential Learning Should Be Part Of Your Employee Training – forbes.com

There are a lot of different learning styles out there; not everyone is suited to listening to a lecture, then going off to perform a task or follow a procedure. Employee training is needed not only to establish expectations on tasks but to impart company goals and culture.

One way to get everyone up to speed is trough experiential learning, a process where students or employees get their hands dirty while practicing a new task, then reflecting on what happened. The process has a number of advantages, including employing multiple senses and emotional connections when training, in order to create stronger memories.

Below, member of Forbes Coaches Council talk about why they favor the use of experiential learning to train employees.

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Q&A: Easy Onboarding Techniques To Welcome And Inspire New, Young Hires – forbes.com

Employers and hiring managers don’t typically give much thought to onboarding new employees aside from giving them a general tour and assigning them a first task. Few of them actually have a plan to make new hires feel welcome and appreciated by making sure they are included in the organization’s culture as soon as possible.

Onboarding should be more than an afterthought. It is actually considered the second most important HR practice after recruiting in terms of the impact it has on a business, according to research from consulting firm BCG. It is especially important if the new hire is a millennial or a fresh college graduate who is just joining the workforce, since proper onboarding will result in high employee loyalty and retention, ultimately leading to higher growth and profit.

Below, 15 members of Forbes Coaches Council share a series of easy onboarding practices and techniques that will help your new employees feel right at home in your organization.

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Q&A: 13 Ways To Regularly Support Your Employees’ Personal Development – forbes.com

One of the most important things you can do to nurture and retain talent is provide them with personal development opportunities. This can encompass anything from leadership training or building a new skill, to simply pursuing a passion that inspires an employee in and out of the workplace.

But personal development is not one-size-fits-all: In a Forbes article, Joe Folkman writes that most individual personal development plans fail because they’re not driven by the individual and his or her interests.

Members of Forbes Coaches Council share 13 ways managers can show support for their employees’ personal development initiatives, while still giving them the autonomy they need to grow in their own way.

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The Surprising Baggage You’re Carrying As A Leader – forbes.com

Over the last five or six years, I played hockey in different garage leagues, usually very late at night. Hockey is a very fast-paced sport, and even if we were “just playing for fun,” there were nights when players behaved recklessly, causing frustration to ramp up and making the game less fun. I often wondered what the difference was between a good clean game and a really rough night.

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