According to Malcolm Gladwell, it takes 10,000 hours of concentrated practice to become an expert in any field or skill. In the past, many companies were able to develop new leaders from within, using this principle to provide several carefully crafted years of field experience, stretch assignments and mentoring relationships to build their leadership pipeline. Unfortunately, the pace of change is so accelerated in today’s super-heated climate that we no longer have 10,000 hours. With baby boomers retiring and the need for leadership more critical than ever, most companies will have to promote Millennial employers who are long on talent but short on experience into leadership roles they may not be ready for.

Fortunately, Dr. Nanette Miner and I are collaborating on a brain-based leadership development program that leverages the latest discoveries in neuroscience to build skill-building experience that can simulate some of those 10,000 hours. Nanette will be presenting the concept at the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Talent Management Conference in Chicago, April 24-26. I’ll be doing the same thing at the International Mentoring Association (IMA) Conference in Wilmington, North Carolina, April 26-28.

Please let me know if you’re going to attend so we can connect face-to-face.

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