Building a Coachability Culture: A New Catalyst for Impact
Speaker: Kevin D. Wilde
Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM CST
Location: Minnesota Humanities Center
CEU’s: 1.5 Core Competency & .5 Resource Development
In recent years, organizations have invested heavily in building coaching cultures. One of the most robust recent global studies cites nearly $3 billion dollars spent annually for organizational coaching initiatives, such as coach-skills training for managers. To maximize the impact of coaching practices and cultures, some innovative and dynamic organizations are starting to add a new catalyst for improvement by investing in the coachability of leaders and the workforce.
Prompting these increased investments is a rapidly growing body of research highlighting the great value of coachability for organizational effectiveness. For example, highly coachable leaders have been found to foster greater levels of employee engagement and retention. Across employees (i.e., leaders and individual contributors), research shows highly coachable individuals achieve significantly higher levels of performance, agility, and promotability. In fact, one study indicated coachability matters more than the coaching skills of the manager for learning, performance, and agility. As such, the impact of focusing on coaching without coachability may prove costly. Investing in workforce coachability can be a catalyst to complement organizational improvement initiatives, such as coaching practices, leadership bench-building, DEI training, and workforce upskilling.
- Understand the compelling case for coachability for individuals and cultures to accelerate learning and performance initiatives.
- Gain well-researched and practical models of coachability at the individual, team, and organization levels.
- Capture insight into features, tools, and initiatives critical for building a strong coachability culture.
- Hear the tangible value of implementing coachability initiatives through case studies and stories of organizations utilizing a coachability approach to build their workforce leaders, foster engagement, and maximize performance-related initiatives.
Meet Kevin Wilde
Kevin D. Wilde currently serves as an Executive Leadership Fellow at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He teaches applied leadership in several graduate courses. His current research topics include leadership coachability, executive derailment, and contemporary talent development. In 2015, he concluded a thirty-four-year corporate career in leadership and talent development at General Electric and General Mills.
During his time at General Mills, the organization was consistently recognized for its
innovative development work, highlighted by Fortune’s #2 ranking as one of the best
companies in the world at leadership development, #1 listing by Leadership Excellence
magazine, #1 Global Learning Elite ranking, and Training magazine’s “Hall of Fame”
designation as a top company for employee development. In 2007, Chief Learning
Officer magazine selected Kevin as CLO of the year.
Kevin continues to be an active contributor to the leadership and talent development
profession with business advising and writing. His advisory work includes the Institute
for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), Study.com, and GP Strategies.
His most recent book, Coachability: The Leadership Superpower, was published in August, 2022. His early books include Dancing with the Talent Stars: 25 Moves that Matter Now, and A CLO Leadership Reader: Chief Learning Officer Magazine’s Best for Today’s Learning Leader. His writing for Talent Management magazine received a national award for editorial excellence from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. His work has also been published in over a dozen books, including Coaching for Leadership, the Pfieffer Annual on Leadership Development, and Forward Focused Learning.
While actively researching, writing, and teaching, he first and foremost considers himself a student of the game of leadership and believes there is always something new to learn.