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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

  • November 17, 2016
    Experience as a Retirement-Transition Enabler

    Baby boomers are an enormous and historically unique population. They have wide-ranging views of and aspirations for retirement. Including whether to retire at all. Given the general wealth, health, and longer life expectancies that retirement-eligible leaders may enjoy, many have new factors and options to consider as retirement “looms” or “beckons.” As an executive coach […]

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  • October 24, 2016
    How to Lead Change with Experience-Driven Development

    (This post was originally published in September 2016 on LinkedIn.) A new Center for Creative Leadership white paper Putting Experience at the Center of Talent Management revisits the 70-20-10 framework for development that stems from CCL’s Lessons of Experience longitudinal research initiated over 40 years ago. The authors of this new report make the case for […]

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  • 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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