Saturday, September 17, 2011

Completing the Circle: 360s

"The Tilt Suite of Tools can predict leadership that will create a climate for innovation and it does so with precision, accuracy and reliability... Why use an X-Ray (competencies) when what you need is an MRI (traits that create or detract from performance because of the climate created by the leader’s character)?" Pam Boney, True Tilt Leadership.

Twenty-five years ago I tailored all data collection to the organization where I was coaching. I'd facilitate a focus group discussion to identify key factors for success in their organization and industry, help them set priorities, and create behavioral profiles that became the measures for leadership development. In some cases, the same profiles became part of their performance management system, especially in companies where performance feedback had been informal. 

Very effective, VERY time-consuming, and old-fashioned in the eyes of present-day executives. Technological innovations and ease of Internet access have required that I rethink my strategies. Clients now can respond to an online questionnaire in 20 minutes with an iPhone while waiting for a flight at the airport.

A number of validated 360s on the market benchmark behavioral competencies that predict leadership success, and CTI (Coach Training Institute) has aligned itself with The Leadership Circle (TLC). Like Tilt, TLC is administered through the internet, has individual and culture or team options, and provides a framework for a coaching agenda. 

But TLC is based on competencies and "reactive" tendencies. In contrast, Tilt is strengths-based and well-recognized in the growing field of transcendent leadership (Founder Pam Boney was a featured speaker at the 2010 International Leadership Association Global Conference). 

Furthermore, Pam is an experienced coach, so she knows what works. Instead of "fixing leadership problems," Tilt 365 feedback provides clients with a positive vision of conscious leadership presence. The overall coaching goal is to rise above ego's personal agenda to serve the greater good for all stakeholders. As Pam describes it, "This form of leadership creates a positive impact through building a culture that is highly collaborative, creative and innovative, so it has a positive and sustainable impact on the economy at large."

The Tilt program also provides a highly supportive coach community. As a Tilt-trained coach, I'm part of a collaborative network with monthly conference calls and membership in the Tilt Forum -- where we learn from common issues and share professional support materials such as power-point presentations. 

Join Pam Boney in her mission to "change the world, one leader at a time."

1 comment:

Mary Bast said...

Paul Vanderbroeck, in an HBR blog by Avivah Wittenberg-Cox (, also points out another problem with competency-based 360's:

All leadership competency models that are currently being used to develop future leaders e.g. through 360° evaluations are fundamentally biased towards how to behave as successful men in
masculine organizations, as my research has demonstrated. It is what I call the "men-and-women-are-alike" trap. See my article "The traps that keep women from reaching the top and how to avoid them" in the Journal for Management Development: