Making Learning Happen At Work
There are thousands of hours of high quality leadership learning content available online. But if knowledge really is power, why are leaders everywhere feeling overwhelmed, and so many employees feeling under valued?
We need to recognise that learning is a social process, best done in a supportive environment. Where we can work through the real challenges and practice the skills, not simply tick off courses from a list.
Key Leadership Challenges in Organisations
1. Capability of leaders across the system
Leadership skills gaps in essential capabilities like delegating, managing performance, collaboration and handling conflict.
Low staff engagement & high staff turnover. Leaders not equipped to drive change or influence the organisational system.
2. Capacity of middle and front line leaders
Management of people is often squeezed into a few hours per week on top of the operational or professional ‘day job’.
No time for addressing capability & capacity gaps of team. Overworked managers struggling to cope.
3. Attracting, recruiting & retaining talent
Severe lack of suitable & qualified specialist and management staff. Can’t bring in more staff to address capacity & capability gaps.
Vacant management roles; People promoted into leadership roles prematurely with little support.
4. Access to training & development
Busy leaders can’t find time to attend training workshops; generic development programs not tailored to learner needs.
Many critical new skills are not mastered or put into practice. Leaders stuck on urgent matters not future needs.
What is the mistaken thinking about developing leaders?
We are seeing that there are common approaches taken by organisations which don't address the key challenges outlined above:
1. More Training Courses
Busy leaders can’t afford the time. Participants struggle to apply learning back at work
2. Roll Out eLearning
Typical online content is passive and lacks emotional engagement
3. Rely Upon Individuals To Learn The Ropes
Not investing in professional training risks burn out & disengagement. Talented people leave
We believe leadership development should be
Short, structured interactive learning sessions.
Learning activities & practice matched to individual priorities.
Strong social and relational elements to support and challenge.
Learning reinforced with skills practice & on the job application.
Individual personal goals are set & progress tracked using feedback.
What our participants say about their learning experience
“Great structure & interaction. Good use of materials”
“Discussing real life scenarios...makes you think!”
“Super helpful! Loads to take on board and put into practice”
Tailored learning is important because context really matters. Each leader has their own unique needs and challenges.
Our innovate development toolkit includes a set of capability cards which make it easy to prioritise and plan development. They are a powerful learning aid which can be used for reflection and dialogue.
Our development toolkit is available as a workshop card set and a fully digital resource.
Find Out More
We are currently finalising an innovative 8 week strengths based leadership programme, launching in the autumn. If you would like to know more please book in a time to talk or register your interest using the contact form below.
“Liked the informal/welcoming atmosphere. Good mix of group & solo work“