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Episode 55: Four Techniques High-Impact Organizations Use to Develop Its Leadership with Daniel Edds


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How are some organizations outperforming others and doing so in a sustained way?  Is it about an iconic leader or a culture?  If it is about leadership, are those skills you are born with, or can they be developed?

Those were just some of the questions that Daniel Edds set out to answer as he began the research for his latest book, Leveraging the Genetics of Leadership, Cracking the code of sustainable team performance.   During that journey, Daniel uncovered some common themes across high-performing companies relative to workforce leadership development.   We discuss four of them in detail during this episode.

In summary, the four key themes are as follows:

  1. They see their human resources not as an asset to be managed but as a resource that can increase in value.
  2. They are working on consistent employee engagement.  They have inverted employee engagement statistics from 66% disengaged to 66% engaged.
  3. They think about their human resources holistically, beyond the workplace.
  4. They measure leaders based on their employee engagement scores relative to the Gallup scores.  Further, supporting those that are not doing well with coaching and mentoring.


About Dan

For 25 years, Dan Edds has been a practicing management consultant, working with state & local government, healthcare, K-12 education, higher education, and nonprofits. He is the author of 2 books, the first, Transformation Management, and his most recent, Leveraging the Genetics of Leadership, Cracking the code of sustainable team performance. His latest book demonstrates how elite organizations are revolutionizing the practice of leadership, recreating the world of work, and setting new standards for employee engagement and customer value.

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