The Value of Visibility

If you’re a leader, you likely struggle to find creative and effective ways to help your employees grow. Formal training can be expensive and time-consuming. Informal training sometimes lacks the focus and application required to make the investment pay off. And the stretch assignments and projects that typically characterize experience-based learning require significant ongoing support over time.

Want to offer an employee a targeted burst of development? Consider setting him or her up with an opportunity for visibility. Whether it’s attending a high-profile meeting, representing you with a key customer, or presenting at an upcoming conference, the intensity associated with visibility:

  • Facilitates tremendous focus and attention;
  • Taps emotions and emotional commitment;
  • Overcomes self-imposed barriers as a result of the pressure to perform;
  • Magnifies learning;
  • Communicates confidence and builds trust; and
  • Allows people to gain an appreciation (very quickly) of what they’re truly capable of.

My recent article in The Economist explores this topic and considers a few simple steps leaders can take to leverage visibility for learning.

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Julie Winkle Giulioni has spent the past 25 years working with organizations worldwide to improve performance through learning. Named one of Inc. Magazines top 100 leadership speakers, Julie is the co-author of the Amazon and Washington Post bestseller, Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want, a respected speaker on a variety of topics, and a regular contributor to many business publications.

Julie Winkle Giulioni

Julie Winkle Giulioni has spent the past 25 years working with organizations worldwide to improve performance through learning. Named one of Inc. Magazines top 100 leadership speakers, Julie is the co-author of the Amazon and Washington Post bestseller, Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want, a respected speaker on a variety of topics, and a regular contributor to many business publications.

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