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Sailing in San Francisco. Photo Credit: Galileo55 on Flickr Creative Common Last week, we discussed the importance of making micro-adjustments at the helm, sailing in the wind, and changing target if we want to continue sailing in the wind to reach our destination. Read Sailing and Leadership Lessons: Part 1. This week, we’ll examine two additional leadership lessons gleaned from my sailing trip with my friend Rob. If you want to change direction, you have to make sure both crew members manning the ropes on the port and starboard are ready before making a sweeping change.

Sailing in San Francisco. Photo Credit: Galileo55 on Flickr Creative Common This is the first part of a two-part series on leadership lessons I observed while sailing with my friends this past weekend. Part 2 will be revealed next week! Here’s Part 1: Our friend Rob invited us to go for a sunset sail with him this past weekend. It was a gorgeous day for sailing: crisp blue sky, high tide, windy but not too gusty. Rob has been sailing for more than 30 years and he's been in many races. But we are complete novices.

Last week, Celeste Villalobos Tahamont, Senior Program Manager at Google, presented at the ASTD Golden Gate Chapter. She gave us a behind-the-scene view of the redesign of EDGE, a leadership training program at Google that serves over 600 levels 3-5 engineers annually. Here are highlights from Celeste’s presentation: Before the redesign
  • EDGE was an off-site, vendor led leadership training program
  • 2,000 engineers have gone through the program since its launch in 2006 through 2009
  • Program contents remained the same from 2006 – 2009 although the business world had changed significantly during that time
  • Used some Googlers facilitators to facilitate the training

A recent Corporate Executive Board (CEB) study of 983 employees in the financial industry found that compensation is not a key driver of employee retention although it has a very low satisfaction score (satisfaction with compensation ranked 35th out of 38 attributes surveyed). Before you roll your eyes and say “really?” Please pause and think about it. Who wouldn’t want to be paid more? And who would agree that they are compensated sufficiently even if they are well paid?

Imagine what your leadership development program would look like if you could source most of your contents from the Internet, for free. What? Source content from the Internet? How do I sell this program to my managers and employees if it’s not built by our team in-house or bought from a reputable vendor? Did I hear objections already?? Well, Google did just that. At the ASTD Golden Gate Chapter's program last week, Julie Clow at Google presented to a full room of eager L&D professionals in San Francisco about the future of leadership training–learning in the "cloud".