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forbes 5 Business Payoffs For Being An Effective Coach

Sometime people need some hard evidence to convince them to change. Joe Folkman’s shares the five business payoffs from effective coaching. Read More


forbes The Question That Improves Leader Effectiveness

Jack Zenger shows the correlation between leader effectiveness and asking for feedback. Read More


the-wall-street-journal-logo Everything Is Awesome! Why You Can’t Tell Employees They’re Doing a Bad Job

Our research on employee feedback preferences was featured in The Wall Street Journal. Read More


Top 20 Training Company Zenger Folkman Selected as Top 20 Leadership Training Company by TrainingIndustry.com

Zenger Folkman was selected for the fourth time as one of TrainingIndustry.com’s Top 20 Leadership Training Companies. Read More


huffington-post-logo 7 Ways Women in Tech Can Break the Glass Ceiling

The Huffington Post features our research based on a study of 7,280 leaders that shows why women make better leaders than men. Read More


hbr-logo-smIf Your Boss Thinks You’re Awesome, You Will Become More Awesome

What effect does a manger’s rating have on their employees? Do tougher graders increase or decrease employee engagement? The answers may surprise you. Read More


forbes Your Boss’ Opinion Matters More Than You Think

Joe Folkman shares a study that shows a positive motivational effect that comes from reporting to a boss who is positive. Conversely, there is a demotivating “downer” impact that comes from working for the low rating boss. Read More


PayScale Logo How to Give Negative Feedback

PayScale features our research that shows 92 percent of respondents valued corrective feedback, but most managers felt uncomfortable giving it. What can you do, as a manager, to offer negative feedback that leads to positive results? Read More


forbes Great Leaders Can Double Profits, Research Shows

Jack Zenger reveals the compelling evidence of the dramatic effect of leadership effectiveness on net income. Read More


forbes Top Ranked Leaders Know This Secret: Ask For Feedback

Joe Folkman reveals our data that shows a strong correlation between asking for feedback and overall effectiveness of leaders. Read More


forbes 9 Habits That Lead To Terrible Decision-Making

Business Insider shares an infographic that identifies the 9 most common paths to poor decision-making based on our research and statistical analysis on feedback from over 50,000 leaders. Read More


forbes Lead Like Scrooge: The Surprising Research Results

Do you have any “Scrooge” leaders in your organization? Turns out Scrooge wasn’t a terrible leader. Read Joe Folkman’s research on Forbes. Read More


forbes The Holiday Gift Your Employees Will Value

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger discusses how to give effective feedback. Read More


forbes The 9 Top Causes For Uncommitted Employees (And How To Turn Them Around)

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman reveals the 9 top causes for uncommitted employees based on data from more than 320,000 employees from a variety of organizations. Read More


forbes The ’8 Great’ Accountability Skills For Business Success

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman reveals the 8 behaviors that are linked to high personal accountability. Read More


CNN What Women Need at Work to Give Their All

The New York Times features our research on why women make better leaders. Read More


CNN 7 habits of highly INeffective people

CNN interviews Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman about their research that identifies the behaviors that best differentiated the worst leaders (e.g. the bottom 10%) from all other leaders. Read More


forbes By The Numbers: Superior Leadership Produces Higher Return Than Superior Talent

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger discusses how superior leadership produces higher return than superior talent. Read More


forbes Why Leaders Give Innovation Low Marks

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman discusses the findings behind his study to rank the importance of innovation among other competencies and why leaders don’t put a higher importance on innovation. Read More


forbes What Do Your Employees Need And Value The Most?

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman discusses the importance of identifying what is needed and valued most by your employees to maximize the impact of improvement. Read More


forbes When It Comes To Assessing You, Who Knows You Best?

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger discusses the research behind who the best predictors are when it comes to assessing your overall capability. Read More


CNBC 3 Traps That Make Great Leaders Poor Decision Makers

CEO.com features Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman and their research that reveals the behaviors that derail leaders from making the best decisions. Read More


CNBC The 9 Bad Habits of Highly Ineffective Leaders

CNBC interviews Joe Folkman about our research that reveals the 9 most common paths to poor decision making. Read More


forbes Who To Promote? 10 Keys To Identifying People With High Potential

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger reveals the 10 competencies our research shows differentiate the very best candidates for promotion. Read More


forbes Want To Become A Great Leader? Here’s The Key

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman discusses a case study on leaders who chose to work on strengths rather than fix weaknesses. Read More


hbr-logo-sm9 Habits That Lead to Terrible Decisions

In this HBR blog, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman identify the 9 most common paths to poor decision making. Read More


forbes Are Different Skills Required For Senior Executives?

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman reveals data that shows there are several different factors that influence the importance of a competency in addition to a person’s level in the organization. Read More


forbes How To Uncover The 3 Hidden Talent Pools You Already Have

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger identifies three groups of highly talented and underutilized individuals who would be strong candidates for leadership roles. Read More


Human Capital Magazine The most important skills for leaders: How do you score?

Human Capital Magazine features Zenger Folkman’s research about the skills leaders need at every level. Read More


hbr-logo-sm The Skills Leaders Need at Every Level

In this HBR blog, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman reveal fundamental skills that every employee needs, no matter what level. Read More


cloHow Much Feedback Do Managers Want and Need?

In this article, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman reveal their research that shows as employees get higher up the chain, they look for less feedback. That’s not just dangerous to their own development, but also to the performance of the whole organization.  Read More


forbes Who Done It: The Danger Of Assigning Ownership To Anonymous Feedback

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman discusses the danger of assigning ownership to anonymous feedback. Read More


forbes The 6 Competencies Global Leaders Need To Succeed

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger identifies 6 behaviors that separate the best global leaders from other senior executives. Read More


forbes The Urgent Need To Develop Global Leaders For Company Growth

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman explains the importance of developing global leaders earlier in people’s careers. Read More


forbes The Leader’s Leverage: Coaching Conversations That Generate High Results

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger discusses the financial and business results that coaching conversations generate. Read More


forbes Are You A Good Coach? Here’s How To Find Out

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman discusses the positive business outcomes effective coaches make on an organization and invites you to take a coaching evaluation to see where you stand in comparison to outstanding business coaches. Read More


hbr-logo-sm Finding the Balance Between Coaching and Managing

In this HBR blog, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman discuss the attributes that make the most effective coaches and invite you to take a coaching evaluation to see where you stand in comparison to outstanding business coaches. Read More


forbes Does Gen Y Really Want Honest Feedback?

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman reveals data that shows Gen Y wants clear, specific critiques of what they could do better. Read More


Seal_Leadership_Training_SmallTrainingIndustry.com Announces 2014 Top 20 Leadership Training Companies

Zenger Folkman was selected for the third time as one of TrainingIndustry.com’s Top 20 Leadership Training Companies. Read More


straitstimes2012 Push Is Good But Inspirational Pull Makes A Difference

In this article, Joe Folkman discusses how the ability to inspire and motivate others plays a key role in the success of a leader. Read More


cloThe Power of Counterintuitive Thinking in Leadership Development

Thought leader, Bob Sherwin, explains why focusing leadership development on building strengths—rather than fixing weaknesses—is the most effective way to develop leaders. Read More


insider_sm Women In Leadership

In this three part series, thought leader, Bob Sherwin, weighs in on the controversial questions surrounding differences in the workplace between men and women. Article 1, Article 2, Article 3


Financial-Post Why Would We Bring Back ‘Constructive Criticism’ As A Management Style?

Financial Post features Zenger Folkman’s research about how people want constructive criticism but their leaders often don’t feel comfortable giving it. Read More


forbes Mood and Engagement Are Contagious

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman shows how engaged leaders have a greater percentage of highly engaged direct reports. Read More


forbes Individual Contributors Are ‘Forgotten Leaders’: Are You Developing Them Well?

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger discusses why individual contributors are so valuable and the benefit of developing them. Read More


tumblr_static_msnbc-tumblrThe Social Science Behind ‘Bossiness’

MSNBC features Zenger Folkman’s research on why women are better leaders than men. Read More


forbes 6 Ways To Maximize Short Work Interactions

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger recommends 6 ways to maximize interaction with others at work. Read More


bloomberg-logoThe Behaviors that Define A-Players

In this Bloomberg article, Jack Zenger reveals which leadership skills distinguish the best individual contributors from the merely good. Read More


BenefitsPro-Logo white_bg_341x72-resize-380x300Employees Prefer Corrective Feedback

BenefitsPro features Zenger Folkman’s recent research on feedback. Read More


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Small Business Trends features Zenger Folkman’s research about how employees feel negative feedback is necessary for job improvement. Read More


EntrepreneurLogo2011Blue-Gray How Much Money Is a Good Leader Really Worth?

Entrepreneur features Zenger Folkman’s study on “How Extraordinary Leaders Double Profits.” Read More


forbes 70% Of Workers Aren’t Engaged—What About The Managers?

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman discusses the impact of leaders on employee engagement. Read More


muncievoice-color-copyLeadership: Why Women Fare Better than Men as Managers

Muncie Voice features Zenger Folkman’s research on women in leadership. Read More


hbr-logo-smDevelop the Leaders You’ve Been Overlooking

In this HBR blog, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman discuss four reasons for investing in leaders you may be overlooking. Read More


forbes The Feedback Conundrum: Does Positive or Negative Feedback Help You Most?

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger reveals Zenger Folkman’s recent study on feedback and which kind helps you most. Read More


hbr-logo-smDo You Need to Lighten Up or Toughen Up?

In this HBR blog, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman feature their recent research on which kind of feedback is most helpful in career advancement.  Read More


forbes Should I Tell You The Good News First? The Feedback Employees Most Want to Have

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman reveals new research that shows people tend to prefer receiving negative feedback more than receiving positive feedback. Read More


workforce_login_header Singing The Praises of Praises

Workforce features Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman’s HBR blog about the factor that made the greatest difference between the most successful and least successful teams. Read More


forbes In 2014 Are You Fixing Your Weaknesses, Or Building Your Strengths? What Matters Most

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman talks about the value of building strengths versus fixing weaknesses. Read More


forbes Just Tell Me! 5 Strategies For Giving Difficult Feedback

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger discusses five strategies for giving difficult feedback. Read More


inc-logo The Best Leaders Ask for More Feedback

Inc. features Zenger Folkman’s research about how the most effective leaders ask for feedback. Read More


forbes The High Price Of Aloof Leadership

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger shares his research about how leaders with warm, close relationships with their subordinates produce positive business outcomes. Read More


itworld Stop Being Afraid of Feedback

ITworld features Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman’s Feedback Practices and Perceptions Assessment. Read More


forbes The Best Gift Leaders Can Give: Honest Feedback

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman discusses how strong employee engagement is closely aligned with the ability to give honest feedback in a helpful way. Read More


_Page 1.qxd Gender Sensitivity and Role of Business Education

The Free Press Journal quotes Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman’s women leadership data. Read More


hbr-logo-sm Overcoming Feedback Phobia: Take the First Step

In this HBR blog, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman offer a self-assessment where you can measure your desire for giving and receiving positive and negative feedback. Read More


forbes The Results Are In: Bad Leadership Is Contagious

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger discusses how leadership is contagious. Read More


forbes Seven Ways To Increase Employee Satisfaction Without Giving A Raise

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman shares seven factors that increase employee satisfaction. Read More


guardian-logo We Don’t Need a Hero, We Just Need More Women at the Top

The Guardian features Zenger Folkman’s research on women in leadership. Read More


forbes How To Make Your Organization More Honest

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman explains how developing “competency companions” can improve the honest and integrity of leaders in your organization. Read More


insider_sm What Women Know about Leadership that Men Don’t

Business Insider features Zenger Folkman’s research on why women, more than men, bring to leadership a more complete range of the qualities leaders need. Read More


forbes Why Gallup’s 70% Disengagement Data Is Wrong

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger challenges Gallup’s 70% employee engagement statistic. Read More


australian_sm The Uncomfortable Truth About Women

The Australian features Zenger Folkman’s research on how women are rated higher in overall leadership effectiveness than their male counterparts. Read More


forbes Understanding Feedback: The ‘GPS Direction’ To Leadership Success

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman proposes three key issues to consider when trying to understand how groups perceive and rate you. Read More


itworld Why a Good Review Won’t Keep Your Job

ITworld features Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman’s research on why a positive performance review won’t save your job. Read More


womensagenda Top 16 Competencies of Great Leaders (and How Women Lead the Way)

Women’s Agenda features Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman’s research on how women make better leaders than men. Read More


forbes The 6 Secrets Of Successfully Assertive Leaders

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman answers the question, “Is there a difference between those managers who carefully weigh their options, and those who just “go” and “do”?”.  Read More


hbr-logo-sm Keep Your Name Off That Layoff List

In this HBR blog, Joe Folkman and Jack Zenger reveal six steps employees can take to secure their jobs. Read More


tr Women Leaders Boost a Company’s Bottom-Line

Thomson Reuters Foundation features Zenger Folkman’s comprehensive 2011 study of 7,280 business leaders: “A Study in Leadership: Women do it Better than Men.” Read More


phillycom ‘Cross-train’ Your Strengths for Workplace Success

Philly.com explains why leadership experts at Zenger Folkman believe that “cross-training” a signature strength proves to be much more effective than improving a weakness. Read More


forbes The Big Lesson About Leadership From Steve Jobs

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger discusses the valuable leadership lesson we can extract from Steve Jobs career. Read More


hbr-logo-sm Nice or Tough: Which Approach Engages Employees Most?

In this HBR blog, Joe Folkman explains what fosters employee engagement. Read More


forbes The Plague Of The Pessimist Leader: 8 Tips To Make You More Optimistic Today

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman reveals eight behaviors the most optimistic leaders have in common. Read More


forbes Personal Development Isn’t Personal: 3 Tips For Getting Your Manager Involved

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger discusses the research behind the importance of managerial involvement in individual development. Read More


hbr-logo-sm The Eight-Minute Test That Can Reveal Your Effectiveness as a Leader

In this HBR blog, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman offer a self-assessment to get a sense of what your leadership skills may be and how they compare to others. Read More


forbes What Can Increased Strengths Do For Your Career? Take The Test

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman discusses how the possession of outstanding strengths separates the good from the great leaders. Read More


newsmax Facebook’s COO Is Wrong: Women Have ‘Right Stuff’ for Corporate Leadership

Newsmax features Zenger Folkman’s research that contradicts the claim of Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg, that “success and likability are positively correlated for men and negatively correlated for women”.  Read More


forbes Exceptional Leaders: Are They The Friend Or The Enemy?

In this Forbes blog, Joe Folkman discusses which leaders have the most success, those who shut off their emotions and push others or those who are inspiring and likeable. Read More


hbr-logo-sm Three Myths About Your Strengths

In this HBR blog, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman dispel three myths that have emerged about strengths-based leadership. Read More


pittpostgazette Work Zone: Leaders Deliver Both Happy People and Profit

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette features Zenger Folkman’s research about how the best leaders produce the best results. Read More


foxbusiness Do Women Make Better Leaders in the Workplace?

In this FoxNewsLive Interview, Jack Zenger outlines three fundamental forces that drive the divide between men and women in senior leadership positions. Watch Now


clo Start Development Sooner

In this interview, Jack Zenger elaborates on the advantages of beginning formal leadership development at an early age, rather than waiting for nearly a decade of leadership experience. Read More


forbes The 3 Forces That Drive Improved Productivity

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger discusses how leaders can leverage the strengths of individuals, teams, and organizations to increase overall productivity. Read More


hbr Bad Leaders Can Change Their Spots

In this HBR blog, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman prove that fatal flaws can be fixed. Read More


forbes Should Your Company Be Investing More Heavily In Its Gen Y Execs?

In this Forbes blog, Jack Zenger discusses the importance of leadership training early in a person’s career. Read More


hbr-logo-sm Are You Creating Disgruntled Employees?

In this HBR blog, Joe Folkman suggests a clear path for bringing disgruntled employees back into the fold. Read More


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