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Top Blogs of 2016

By Keri Hritz

Keri Hritz

As we wrap up 2016 here at DDI, we are looking back at the content that drew the most attention from you, our readers. The final list is broad and varied. Some topics are what we call evergreen—they will always be relevant no matter how the industry shifts and turns. Others emerge as the workforce changes (see Millennials and #LeadLikeAGirl), or as new tools become available to help leaders make sense of data.

Whether it's high potentials or workplace zombies, these blogs struck a chord. Check out the list of top blogs from 2016 and see what you missed!

Bring Workplace Zombies Back from the Undead

1. Bring Workplace Zombies Back from the Undead by Rich Wellins, Ph.D.

Nobody wants to be a zombie at work, but poor leaders are often to blame for their employee's lack of engagement and focus. Rich Wellins provides some warning signs, as well as tips for bringing these disengaged employees back from the undead. 


10 Hot Leadership Topics for 2016

2. 10 Hot Leadership Topics for 2016 by Tacy Byham, Ph.D.

From catalyst leaders to HR tech, Tacy Byham and her colleagues at DDI predicted what the hot leadership topics would be at the beginning of 2016. Check out the list and see if our topics mesh with what you found relevant this year.


The Problem with Millennials: Is It Really a Thing…or Not?

3. The Problem with Millennials: Is It Really a Thing…or Not? by Diane Bock

Instead of trying to meet the perceived special needs of Millennials, organizations should focus on how to get all people to join, stay and perform well. Diane Bock offers up some better questions to ask to gauge how well your organization is attracting the best and brightest.


#LeadLikeAGirl: How Can Women Leaders Ignite Impact?

4. #LeadLikeAGirl: How Can Women Leaders Ignite Impact? by Tacy Byham, Ph.D.

Data shows having female leaders pays off. But how can women leaders ignite their own impact and how can you coach, mentor, and grow the next generation of leaders? Tacy Byham describes how women can gain confidence by using body language that builds courage and speech patterns that promote themselves more positively.


10 Leadership Books for Your Summer Reading List

5. 10 Leadership Books for Your Summer Reading List by Matt Collins

Matt Collins' leadership book recommendations were just the thing we needed for our summer afternoons at the beach. But these essential reads work just as well by the fire on a chilly winter's day...or on your holiday gift list!


Titles Don’t Make Leaders

6. Titles Don’t Make Leaders by Amanda Munsch

A leadership legacy is not defined by title or position, but by the impact we have on people’s lives. Amanda Munsch considers the leaders who have affected her most are not formal leaders at all. 


Squeezing 10 Years of Management Experience Into Two Years

7. Squeezing 10 Years of Management Experience Into Two Years by Bill Byham, Ph.D.

Readiness does not come with having the same job title for a period of time; it evolves as leaders face significant challenges. Bill Byham discusses how growth challenges are unique to individuals and provides some examples of high-impact challenges leaders may take on.


No More HiPos Please

8. No More HiPos Please by Mark Busine

Do your high-potentials see their development as a privilege or a right? Mark Busine discusses the importance of the growth mindset in high potentials, and how using clear communication to set expectations in high-potential pools can save a lot of headaches.


To Become More Visionary, Become Stronger at Visualization

9. To Become More Visionary, Become Stronger at Visualization by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.

Information visualization has emerged as the linchpin leadership skill between business complexity and compelling messaging. Evan Sinar shares some resources on how leaders can improve their visualization skills.


Is Your High Potential Program Biased?

10. Is Your High Potential Program Biased? by Tom Skiba, Ph.D.

There are ten common cognitive biases that directly influence the way high potential employees are identified and viewed within organizations. Tom Skiba discusses how they could be creating dysfunction in your high potential program.


Keri Hritz is DDI's Web Content Specialist. When she isn't managing the Talent Management Intelligence blog or publishing content to DDIWorld, she can be found poring over web analytics searching for ways to improve the user experience for our digital customers.

Posted: 22 Dec, 2016,
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