Leadership Academy 2011

Just finished a remarkable week with 30 leaders from around the world at the annual Poynter Leadership Academy.  We covered the most important topics managers wrangle with -- from managing themselves to leading others, from strategic thinking to establishing priorities so they can manage their time effectively.  Each manager started the week with our ViewPoynt Feedback, which is 360 degree feedback from bosses, peers and direct reports.  We use a narrative form.  That means respondents are encouraged to write about, not give scores to, the person's leadership.  The specificity and detail of the feedback are really appreciated by the participants. Many tell us it is the most helpful part of their week. It's a process we administer very carefully, though.  Our faculty to participant ratio is about 1 to 3, so the managers get very personalized coaching for interpreting the feedback -- and throughout the week.  Commencement this week was delightful.  After receiving their certificates, they broke out into Michael Jackson's "Thriller" dance.  The perfect end to an intense week of challenge and discovery.
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