Who needs a vacation when you can sit back, relax and read these top five stories from CLOmedia.com for the week of July 9?

1. The Role of Followers in Leadership Development: The onus is on leaders to create engaged, fulfilled followers who can help drive change and achieve company goals. But to do that, leaders must first believe in their own strategy, writes Jim Haudan, CEO and chairman of consultancy Root Learning.

2. The World Has Changed. Has Your Learning?: Learning is no longer what it used to be – only organizations that can survive at the speed of change will win. Make sure your training programs aren’t at risk, writes CLO columnist Bob Mosher.

3. The Changing Role of the CLO: The CLO role has evolved during the last 10 years, driven by the need for organizations to be as effective and efficient as possible in achieving their outcomes, writes CLO blogger David Vance.

4. The Changing Face of Leadership: Leadership has always been about moving an organization from point A to point B. That objective remains, but escalating expectations and declining resources are changing the rules of the leadership development game, writes Mark Bashrum, vice president of corporate marketing and strategic intelligence at ESI International.

5. Make Learning Small, Medium and Large: Learning professionals should take a cue from coffee houses and cafes and devise fresh and agile language to describe the size and depth of each content module, writes Elliott Masie, chairman and CLO of The Masie Center’s Learning Consortium.

On Another Note

Celebrated former NBA basketball star Shaquille O’Neal has spent plenty of time off the court over the years pursuing various non-basketball feats. First, there was his short-lived career as a rapper; then, there was his stint as an actor — seriously, who could forget “Kazaam”?

Now it seems the former big man out of LSU is adding another qualification to his resume — learning professional.

You heard right. According to this Q&A with The Wall Street Journal earlier this week, the 40-year-old recently earned his doctorate in education from Barry University in Miami, with a specialization in organizational learning and leadership.

For his dissertation, which, as The Journal reports, he is still finishing up, Shaq is writing about the role of humor and seriousness in CEOs and other leaders.

When asked to name current and former leaders — both in business and in sports — who he thought were the most funny, Shaq said:

“I went out to experts in the field and talked to a lot of CEOs. Micky Arison, CEO of Carnival [and owner of the Miami Heat], is about 90 percent humor and 10 percent serious. Followers want to follow him because they want to, not because they have to. That’s the sign of a good leader. Steve Jobs was a great leader – I’d say he was 60 percent humor and 40 percent serious. Obama is 70-30. [Miami Heat president] Pat Riley is 20-80, but he was good. [Retired NBA coach] Phil Jackson is 70-30.”

Frank Kalman

Frank Kalman

Frank Kalman is a senior editor of Chief Learning Officer magazine. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where he earned his master’s of science degree in Dec. 2010. He is also a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington, earning a degree in American history in May 2009. Prior to joining MediaTec, Frank served as an editorial intern for Crain’s Chicago Business, covering commercial and residential real estate for Crain’s real estate spinoff, ChicagoRealEstateDaily. He also covered public finance and commercial banking while a reporter at Medill. Frank can be reached at fkalman@CLOMedia.com.
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