Leadership Development in the Collaborative Era

CLO Magazine

Although governments don’t seem to be acting collaboratively these days, businesses and agencies are — and increasingly so. In sum, we need safe, collaborative environments where everyone can contribute, thereby unleashing the leadership potential that already exists at your doorstep. And it comes with bottom-line benefits — namely, increased quality, innovation, proactivity, resiliency and learning. But how does the CLO manage this collective learning process?

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Axonify

You’d think this quote was from a modern business strategist, but it’s actually Sherlock Holmes (aka Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) in the 1892 short story A Scandal in Bohemia. Nevertheless, this statement applies directly to today’s business world. At the same time, L&D teams want to evolve from cost centers to strategic business partners. Considerably less time is spent sharing insights within the organization to improve the impact of learning opportunities.

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Axonify

You’d think this quote was from a modern business strategist, but it’s actually Sherlock Holmes (aka Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) in the 1892 short story A Scandal in Bohemia. Nevertheless, this statement applies directly to today’s business world. At the same time, L&D teams want to evolve from cost centers to strategic business partners. Considerably less time is spent sharing insights within the organization to improve the impact of learning opportunities.

Burnout & Leadership Development

Abilitie

Clearly, it is a business imperative to engage your employees and fight burnout. Burnout is a leadership development opportunity. Often, part of the job of leadership development professionals is justifying to other stakeholders in the business why it makes sense to invest real dollars in skillsets like “EQ” and “strategic thinking.” This is where experiential leadership development comes in. Experiential Learning Leadership Development

Growing a Model for Leadership

CLO Magazine

Building a leadership pipeline is important, and a clear leadership model can link strategic areas of the business. But moving forward, the company chose to invest more heavily into leadership building after studying the state of the industry and talent. One challenge — thriving in an ambiguous environment — stood out in particular and formed the core of Mindtree’s leadership approach. “We Building a Leadership Model .

Are Managers Too Busy to Learn?

The Performance Improvement Blog

One of the barriers to creating and sustaining a learning culture in organizations is the no-time myth. Managers resist attending formal training events and participating in other kinds of learning activities (elearning, mentoring, coaching, action-learning, communities of practice, internal wikis, etc.) using the excuse that they are too busy. In the blog post titled, Are the managers you’re training “too busy”?,

No Time to Learn

The Performance Improvement Blog

One of the concerns that worry training and learning professionals most about leading culture change in their organizations is that managers will say that they don’t have time to facilitate and support employee development. These managers don’t value learning. Maybe there was a time when you could learn a set of skills in your youth and then build a career around those abilities. The only way to keep pace and maybe even get ahead of the curve is to keep learning.

When and How To Move Leadership Training Online

Abilitie

Many large companies struggle to find the right balance between face-to-face and virtual leadership development. As remote work becomes more common, online training not only reduces travel expenses and helps to accommodate time zone and schedule differences, it also allows for some of the same immersive, hands-on learning that classroom environments provide due to technological advancements. Leadership development is not simply about knowledge acquisition.

How Authentic Is Your Leadership Development?

CLO Magazine

CLOs may already know who they want to pull into leadership development programs, but it pays to include high potentials at lower levels to add cultural and business performance value. For some time, the efficacy and utility of authentic leadership, emotional intelligence and other similar skill sets in the workplace have been considered secondary, soft skill conversations. Or, they may stay but lack the necessary experience and skill to make critical leadership decisions.

The Benefits of Creating a Leadership Legacy

CLO Magazine

” Now, consider this question in an organizational context: If a leader walks out of the office each night, each year, and at the end of a brilliant career has compiled a record of heroic successes, yet leaves no long-term impact on others, did leadership occur? As the question implies, legacy is a crucial component of leadership. Effective leadership occurs when the leader strengthens others’ capacity to learn, to reflect and to extract meaning from their learning.

Make Learning Learning Viral-Worthy to Make It Last

CLO Magazine

Substitute learning for any number of ideas or causes an organization is trying to sell, and it’s easy to chuckle at the thought of something like, say, an operations management course ever breaking the internet. But the premium on making an impact through learning is high. It gives companies a competitive advantage, improves employee retention and drives business performance. The dimensions are based on 40 years of research in motivation and adult learning. “We

Follow the Leader(ship) Spending

CLO Magazine

Developing the next generation of leaders is the top priority for a majority of organizations, according to a recent survey of more than 28,000 business leaders conducted by The Conference Board. Learning department spending plans reflect that priority. According to a data from the Chief Learning Officer Business Intelligence Board, 94 percent of learning organizations either plan to increase or keep their level of investment the same in leadership development (Figure 1).

Take the Humdrum Out of Homework

CLO Magazine

Elliott Masie is CEO of The Masie Center, an international think tank focused on learning and workplace productivity, and chairman and CLO of The Masie Center’s Learning Consortium. Students have come to expect and accept homework as an element of the learning process. A great example of this includes the pretraining readings that many organizations send out to participants in leadership development programs. Entice your learners to extend their learning.

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Cohort-based programs can develop leaders at all levels

CLO Magazine

In today’s turbulent, fast-moving business environment, what’s the best way to build intellectually nimble, innovative and self-confident leaders, equipped for the challenges of constant change? When managed over time, generally six to 12 months, cohort-based executive learning can “skill up” key cadres of leaders within a single business or operating unit or across an entire organization. blended with cohort-based action learning, experimentation and application.

This Is What I Believe About Learning in Organizations

The Performance Improvement Blog

The Purpose of Business is Learning. Yes, the purpose of business is to make a profit, retain customers, be sustainable, satisfy shareholders, and, for some, make a difference in the community. But none of this is possible without learning. At its core, any high performing organization is about learning; continually using new information to become smarter, better, and more effective. Companies must learn more deeply about their customers and markets.

A Productive Learning Culture

The Performance Improvement Blog

In a blog post titled, "Building a Productive Learning Culture", Thomas Handcock and Jean Martin say that businesses, because of need and demand, are increasing employee participation in training but failing to increase productivity. Even with all of these additional opportunities for learning, most workers are not acquiring the knowledge and skills they need to be successful. Learning capability: make sure employees know how to learn, not just what to learn.

Key Elements of a Learning Culture

The Performance Improvement Blog

A “learning culture” is a community of workers continuously and collectively seeking performance improvement through new knowledge, new skills, and new applications of knowledge and skills to achieve the goals of the organization. A learning culture is a culture of inquiry; an environment in which employees feel safe asking tough questions about the purpose and quality of what they are doing for customers, themselves, and other stakeholders.

Becoming a Learning Culture: Competing in an Age of Disruption

The Performance Improvement Blog

Any company, faced with these kinds of disruptive forces must keep learning. Employees must learn how to use new computers and new apps, how to operate new, high tech machinery, how to be responsive to customer demands, how to create innovative products and services, how to manage a multi-cultural, multi-generational workforce, how to work effectively in cross-functional teams, and how to plan for a future that is constantly in flux. Learning is just-in-time, on-demand.

Leaders Learning about Learning

The Performance Improvement Blog

Recently, I conducted a workshop for the leadership team of a company that wants to increase the impact of its training programs. I explained the limitations of formal training and the need for taking an organizational learning perspective. I argued that in order for any kind of learning intervention (training, coaching, mentoring, action learning, etc.) They wanted to know specifically what they could do to facilitate learning.

Eight Leader Habits of a Learning Culture

The Performance Improvement Blog

Eight leader habits are essential to a learning culture. These are behaviors ingrained in the routines and rituals of organizations that are continually learning and learning how to learn. Leaders in these organizations do the following: Send the message - Leaders communicate the importance of learning to the organization. This message is in the guiding principles of the business. This learning cannot be left to chance.

Searching for a Higher Purpose

CLO Magazine

In 2009, she joined Fierce Conversations as an account executive/marketing lead, and as of November 2018, she was running the leadership development and training company that focuses on helping clients have effective conversations. While Fierce, a small, growing company, doesn’t have a formal leadership development program, Engle said company leaders and mentors taught her how the business works and gave her a sense of connection to the company.

Beyond the status quo: how enlightened CLOs can enable true employee readiness

CLO Magazine

There’s a massive shift underway in the world of learning and development. Today, the shift is playing out against a backdrop of market volatility, rising unemployment and business closures. It’s a perfect storm of pressure, in which chief learning officers weigh ROI and manage digital disruption across industries as they pivot from the age of the customer to the age of the employee. Embracing Learning in the Flow of Work. Fostering a Culture of Learning.

A Manager's View of Employee Learning

The Performance Improvement Blog

I love the sense of understanding, enthusiasm and acceptance the leadership team conveys here regarding their role in learning. As you might expect, based on my input to a previous blog (3/25, Training Isn’t Learning ), I was delighted to see the emphasis on the necessary role of the manager! For me, ‘accountable’ means managers are as much, and maybe more, responsible as the individual learner for applying learning and delivering results.

50 Ways to Lever Learning

The Performance Improvement Blog

In a learning culture , formal training is just one of many methods used to facilitate employee learning. In a learning culture, we start with the performance goal and then select the mix of methods that will help employees acquire and retain the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs they need in order to achieve those goals. Instructor-centered class (fact to face) – traditional classroom in which instructor controls the content and learning process.

How to Overcome a Learning Disaster

CLO Magazine

Those may be harsh words to dispense, but in business — and especially in learning and development — the menacing word “failure” is part and parcel of innovation. While organizations continue to learn that what worked in the past might not work any longer, the prospect of navigating uncharted waters to produce something new is scary. Innovation requires you to have a stomach to experiment,” said Shabnam Irfani, director of learning strategy for Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Corporate Training Trends 2020

Unboxed

Some employers may be tempted to push employee training to the side of their business-centric priorities, but you may want to think again… At Unboxed Training & Technology, our goal is to provide you with any recent corporate training trends with actionable ways to apply these new industry insights to your company or team. The Future of Corporate Learning. Top 4 Learning and Development Trends in 2020. Trend #1: Actionable Coaching.

A Quest for Success

CLO Magazine

He determined there was a need to provide enterprisewide leadership development to Quest’s 400-plus senior executive leaders that aligned with the company’s vision, goals and strategy. To help with the meta-design options for LQA’s development, Stroud brought in Pete Cuozzo, founder and president of Cuozzo Enterprises, a management consulting firm specializing in leadership development, individual and team coaching, and organization development. “In

Increase Employee Retention with Career Pathing

Everwise

As businesses compete to attract top-notch talent, the need to retain and engage existing employees becomes increasingly important. Even when employees have access to such programs, actionable learnings from the curriculum can be few and far between. Offer scalable, personalized learnings that help employees find a career path tailored to them. Read on to learn what effective career pathing for Millennials looks like and how, exactly, it will help your company.

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Use Simulations to Develop Millennials Leaders

CLO Magazine

According to a Forbes article, “5 Reasons Why Millennials Are Passed Over As Managers,” published in September 2013, a survey of 1,200 business professionals reported that 59 percent believe millennials are not ready to become managers because of lack of experience. Instead, learning leaders should build their knowledge and accelerate their real-world capabilities by putting participants in the executive’s shoes for a given period of time.

Shining Light on The Dark Side

CLO Magazine

In this case, if an individual wasn’t highly competent, very decisive, or willing to make bold demands and take bold actions, he or she wasn’t as successful as those who showed more constraint,” he said. Gregory said the most important way learning leaders can help with these dark side characteristics is to help leaders understand that how they think about themselves is not important — rather, the importance is how other people view them.

More Than Just Fun & Games: How Gamification Works

eLearning Brothers

Unilever told Fox Business that hiring has become faster and more accurate—80% of applicants who make it to the final round now get job offers, and a similar number accept—and recruiting costs decreased. and Deloitte LLP are using gamification to increase engagement and knowledge among their highest levels of leadership. Gamification has been a buzzword for some time now and it’s not going away anytime soon.

Why You Should Encourage Leaders to Play Games

CLO Magazine

All of these games provide bonding as well as learning opportunities, and most adults play those same games today with their kids — in addition to new technology-based games — for the same purpose. We should use them at companies too, including for leadership development. Many companies are experiencing significant leadership gaps and an insufficient leadership pipeline, primarily due to the increasing pace of change in the global economy.

The Week That Was, April 24-28

CLO Magazine

Leadership Development Has Failed. Shared leadership is a situationally-intelligent process where leadership and followership flow from one to the other. For Millennials, Consider Self-Directed Learning : CLOs, are you building a learning environment that allows millennials to feel a sense of ownership in their professional advancement? But there are steps learning leaders can take to make changes easier to swallow and act on.

Time for a New Look at Learning: Or What I Learned from Reading “Informal Learning at Work”

Pract.us

Your team learns informally all the time. You can support those efforts for more learning bang for your buck. When economic or business circumstances cause companies to tighten their belts, the first item on the chopping block is often training and development. With a shift in your views about what learning is, you can still build a powerful learning organization and demonstrate the value to executives at the same time. So What is Informal Learning?

Talent Development Strategies and Tips from Leading Organizations

eThink Education

An organization that offers ongoing opportunities for career growth and advancement, such as training that allows professionals to acquire new skills, breeds confident and competent team members that are loyal to your company, have bought in to your mission, and help support the goals of your business. Creating a Culture of Learning. Encourage and reinforce the importance of learning. The Importance of Leadership Development.