Julie Winkle Giulioni is an author, speaker, and consultant who helps organizations: · Demystify what it takes to become a great ‘people leader’. · Fire up the passion and commitment of employees. · Keep great talent by activating and developing it. Named one of Inc. Magazines top 100 leadership speakers, Julie is also the co-author of the international bestseller, Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Organizations Need and Employees Want. She works with clients domestically and internationally, offering keynote addresses, facilitated workshops, custom webinars, elearning and microlearning solutions that deliver measurable results. She is a regular contributor to The Economist, SmartBrief, Saba’s TalentSpace, the Conference Board’s Human Capital Exchange, and a variety of publications and offers thoughts on leadership, career development, and more via her blog.
If you’re a leader, you likely struggle to find creative and effective ways to help your employees grow. Formal training can be expensive and time-consuming. Informal training sometimes lacks the focus and application required to make the investment pay off. And the stretch assignments and projects that typically characterize experience-based learning require significant ongoing support over time.
Want to offer an employee a targeted burst of development? Consider setting him or her up with an opportunity for visibility. Whether it’s attending a high-profile meeting, representing you with a key customer, or presenting at an upcoming conference, the intensity associated with visibility:
- Facilitates tremendous focus and attention ;
- Taps emotions and emotional commitment;
- Overcomes self-imposed barriers as a result of the pressure to perform;
- Magnifies learning;
- Communicates confidence and builds trust; and
- Allows people to gain an appreciation (very quickly) of what they’re truly capable of.
My recent article in The Economist explores this topic and considers a few simple steps leaders can take to leverage visibility for learning.
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