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What Is Experience-Driven Leader Development?

Individuals broaden and deepen their leadership capabilities as they do leadership work. In fact, there are good reasons to believe that learning from experience is the number one way that leader development happens. Yet this number one driver of learning gets the least attention in our leader development systems.
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The idea for this site was born as a group of colleagues shaped and edited two unique but related books—books that capture what individuals and organizations are doing to make better use of experience to develop leadership talent.
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Ideas That Work

Now there are two resources to help you enhance experience-driven leader development in your organization or community. Experience-Driven Leader Development is a collection of 82 tools, techniques, processes, and other practical resources from leadership development professionals published by Wiley in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership. Using Experience to Develop Leadership Talent, a volume in the SIOP Professional Practice Series, offers an in depth look at talent management systems and leader development initiatives in organizations that are putting experience at the heart of leadership development.
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Latest Blog Posts

  • September 30, 2016
    The Other Side Of What We Know About Experience: Understanding Our Misunderstandings

    Call it the Freakonomics effect, but the unexplored side of things has always intrigued me. Many of us who read and contribute to this blog are committed to understanding the research-based principles of experience-driven leader development and applying those to our organizations, our colleagues, direct reports and mentees and, hopefully, ourselves. So rather than go further down […]

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  • August 31, 2016
    The Origins and Evolution of 70-20-10

    What a delight it was to read Bob Eichinger’s account of the origin and purpose of the 70-20-10 model in a blog post by Cal Wick. I thought back to the time I had cornered Bob 10 years ago at a conference and asked him how he had arrived at the sources-of-learning percentages (70% from […]

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  • June 30, 2016
    Choosing a Developmental Assignment

    What are all the factors that you should consider in matching one of your direct reports with a developmental assignment? That’s the question I want leaders to ponder as they work in small groups to review the case of a manager who needs to decide which of three assignments would be best for developing a […]

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