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Posted February 7, 2013
I have mixed feelings about "The Leadership Pipeline."
I have mixed feelings about "The Leadership Pipeline." On one side, I think this is a brilliant take on the different stages that leaders of all levels should step through in order to be their most effective. It also makes a compelling argument about what happens to companies that don't make sure their leaders are ready before they advance to the next level. The chapter on succession planning is highly valuable. On the other hand though...the ideas presented are too mechanical in nature. The temptation for a lazy organization would be to degenerate the framework presented here into an absurd checklist used to evaluate past achievements...but without evaluating skills. I worked in a company (Newmont Mining) that took this route...and frankly the results were poor. Great leaders weren't promoted because they didn't meet the "checklist" and incompetent leaders were moved up because they had something in their past that met the checklist. A fascinating and ground-breaking concept...but be very careful that you implement it correctly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 1, 2004
A Good Read!
Organizations need leaders, but natural leaders are at least as rare as natural athletes. And, even natural athletes need careful training and development ¿ given that almost everyone is capable of developing some degree of athletic potential. Similarly, the right training and development program can help almost anyone cultivate some degree of leadership potential. In fact, it can help a few people develop extraordinary leadership abilities. Ignoring leadership development is foolish, but at many companies, short-term priorities eclipse the long-term thinking needed to develop a good leadership pipeline. This book¿s plain, sensible approach is simple without being simplistic. It is generally lucid and clear, and ¿ somewhat to our surprise ¿ it does not suffer from having three authors. If you are a leader or need to develop leaders for large corporations, this is a very useful volume.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.