Executive Leadership Fellow at Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

Kevin Wilde

Session Title: “Coachability: The Other Side of the Conversation”

As organizations move away from traditional performance management systems, many strive to become ‘coaching cultures’ but fall short of sustained success and impact. While much is invested in developing the coach, little attention is paid to increasing employee ‘coach-ability’. This session will provide an overall strategy to rebalance coaching initiatives by highlighting the seven moments where leaders can equip and inspire talent to increase employee coachable capability. Specific moments to be covered include contemporary ways to increase employee curiosity and motivation to seek feedback; approaches to positively leverage the ‘teachable moments of failure’ and falling short; broadening the coaching ‘voice’ from only the manager to a modern network of resources; and using aspirations of accelerating advancement, mastery or legacy to ‘pull’ employees into new avenues of growth and performance. Finally, the session will provide warnings on how the traditional methodology of manager coaching can be counterproductive and undermine improvement efforts.


This session is presented by Kevin Wilde, Executive Leadership Fellow at Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He has a 34 year corporate career in leadership & talent development at General Electric and General Mills. He was named CLO of the Year by Chief Learning Officer magazine and has received awards for his writing in the leadership and talent field.