A Bottom-Up Approach to Leadership that Works
"If your people don't reach their full potential, neither will your organization," says Susan Fowler, a senior consulting partner with The Ken Blanchard Companies. "The bottom line depends on the front line."
In Fowler's experience, when L&D professionals equip individual contributors with the mindset and skillset of self leadership, they build a healthy and empowered workforce that is productive, innovative, and committed to getting results for their organizations.
In developing the learning design for the new Self Leadership training program from The Ken Blanchard Companies, Fowler begins by addressing mindset—Challenging Assumed Constraints, Activating Points of Power, and Being Proactive. This mindset is a real shift in perspective for most individual contributors who come into a training not understanding the benefits of self leadership.
Fowler explains that without the right mindset, individuals are less likely to embrace, learn, and apply the skills of Setting Goals, Diagnosis, and Matching (getting an appropriate leadership style), which are taught later in the program.
"Our Self Leadership program provides the skills individual contributors need to take the initiative and be responsible for their own success—for example, to proactively clarify goals and seek out the direction and support they need."
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Leaders Training Leaders at Foster Farms
"We had trained Situational Leadership® II for several years," says Marty Jakosa, manager, human resources and organizational development. "When the product was updated, I have to admit I wasn't initially thrilled.
"But I took a deeper look at the design and realized the new method of learning was even more impactful. So we decided it would be the perfect time to change how we approached the rollout of the new program to our employees. We wanted to improve the learning experience to match the design of the program and make sure that people applied the skills outside the classroom."
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One Minute Mentoring: How to Find and Work With a Mentor—And Why You'll Benefit from Being One
Positive mentoring relationships can change the way we lead and help us succeed.
In One Minute Mentoring, Ken Blanchard and Claire Diaz-Ortiz, a former Twitter executive and early employee, combine their knowledge to provide a systematic approach to intergenerational mentoring.
Are you going to ATD 2017 in Atlanta?
ATD International Conference
May 21-24, 2017
Visit The Ken Blanchard Companies Booth #608.