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Designing your programs
Use our approach to design leadership and organizational programs to strengthen the talent pipeline, increase engagement, build trust, nurture innovation, improve collaboration, and transform culture. The building blocks are 90 minute sessions for small groups of managers guided by our themed discussion guides.
World renowned thinkers such as Mintzberg, Schein, Adler, Ulrich, and over 30 more have captured their ideas and pedagogy on a broad range of topics in our 75 themed discussion guides. These are the foundation to leadership programs, high potential programs, cultural change initiatives and more.
Designers select a deployment option that suits their organizations context and constraints, and create a curriculum to meet their organization's business objectives.
Two hour lunch time sessions using one topic. Used to (re)build a sense of community, create learning networks, and provide a-la-carte leadership development and collaborative learning opportunities.
Leadership & Change Program
Six or more 90 minute sessions by small groups of leaders or high potentials, at their place of work or over conference or video calls. Topics are selected to create a continuous learning journey through which participants learn from their own experiences, from each other, and from the content, anchored by the organization's strategic goals.
90 minute session during an all-leaders type event or offsite. Topics are selected to promote discussion and decisions that make change happen, build on previous elements of the event or offsite, and focus on the event's goals.
Two or more 90 minute sessions by intact management teams in which one member is in a "standard" management or leadership development program. This option allows organizations to multiply the benefits of their existing development initiatives by enabling participants to disseminate the learning and initiate organizational change. For more on this exciting option read the OD practitioner article or watch the 20 minute educational video by Henry Mintzberg.
Developing a Curriculum
Our topics are organized by business needs to help designers develop a curriculum that meets their organization's business objectives. Categories include: driving change, engaging people, developing the organization, and venturing and innovating. Browse our online catalog of categories for more details, or download our full catalog for offline browsing.
The key benefit is that this really works. Our approach delivers real and immediate benefit as managers share knowledge, learn from experiences, build trust, resolve issues and plan strategy and actions to make change happen. Henry Mintzberg describes the theory underpinning the approach in his ground breaking 2003 book Managers Not MBAs. His approach to management and leadership development has filtered through to many MBA and EMBA programs. Our products allow designers to bring this directly into the enterprise.
Also recommended is this short article by Ed Schein (click here to read it) explaining why our approach is the "best way to learn".
Our approach taps into the power of your organization; people learn from their own experiences, from themselves. This is not a prescriptive approach. We can learn about leadership and management from an expert or a book, but to actually get better as managers and leaders we need to learn from our own experiences and with our peers.
Aside from this, our approach is low overhead and allows for direct support and localization by local HR business partners making it easy to deploy across locations and locales. The sessions are facilitated by the team leaders themselves or by internal champions and local business partners.
Logistical challenges are minimized, as sessions occur at the managers own place of work, or over conference calls or through your organizations video conferencing facilities. Overall program costs are significantly reduced as participants incur no travel expenses.
The time required from this approach is realistic as managers only need 90 minutes to develop collaboratively with their peers, usually not more than once or twice per month.
Integrated 70/20/10 development
Organizations are looking at the 70:20:10 model; Managers learn 70% through on-the-job experiences, 20% through sharing and networking, and only 10% through formal classroom development.
70:20:10 builds upon the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve: we forget 50% of learned material within the hour unless it is put into practice, rendering off-site development obsolete.
Our approach integrates the 70:20:10 components model in one. Each 90 min. session provides managers with the opportunity to reflect, discuss, and synthesize their everyday learning with a group of peers, in light of scientifically proven conceptual management ideas. This powerful combinations allows managers to derive meaning, learn, and develop from their experiences and peers, and change their behavior.
Case Studies and Whitepapers
Detailed descriptions of some of our customers deployments can be found in our resources page, including the ING Business School Case Study, the Australian Administrative Appeal Tribunal Case Study, the Brother Canada cultural change program results paper, and the Lufthansa/IMPM Case study which can be combined with the OD practitioner article and 20 minute educational video by Henry Mintzberg to gain a deep understanding of the Impact teams program.
Services and Price
We deliver a 2 hour train the designer and facilitator workshop to ensure designers can create programs, and facilitators or champions support the sessions. This workshop can also be delivered to consultants interested in using our products for their clients.
We offer professional services to work together with you designing, deploying and supporting the ideal solution, though in most cases you'll only need a minimal amount of support to get started.
Licenses are priced at 60$US per person per topic. Volume and non-profit discounts are available. The 2 hour train the designer and facilitator workshop is 500$US (delivered online).
Please contact us to learn more, request a sample topic, schedule a train the designer/facilitator workshop, or to order topic licenses for your team or organization.
To truly understand our approach you'll need to try it, and we've packaged it up in a way that makes that easy to do!
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