Leadership Development in the Age of the Great Resignation A roadmap to help organizations achieve a greater return on their leadership development investments by cultivating leaders who make employees want to stay. Fueled in part by the COVID-19 pandemic, droves of employees continue to voluntarily leave their jobs. Deemed the "Great Resignation," this exodus will continue for the foreseeable future, workplace experts believe. In a recent survey by Ecsell Institute, 25 percent of employees carry a moderate to high risk of leaving their jobs in the next year. Leadership often is a critical factor in employee turnover. We’ve all heard the adage: "People don’t leave jobs; they leave managers." While many leaders struggle to retain or replace employees, this is not true of all leaders. In fact, high-performing managers are four times more likely to retain employees than low-performing managers. The key is to discover what organizations can do to create high-performing leaders. In this year’s Annual Leadership Development Survey Report for Training magazine, we uncover the leadership development best practices that differentiate high-performing organizations from other organizations and highlight the specific steps organizations can take to create high-performing leaders. The results provide organizations with a clear roadmap to achieve a greater return on their leadership development investments.
Triple Learning Loop, Curiosity Learning, and Recursive Learning PDF
"Work" and "fun" have historically been considered polar opposites. It was thought that you can work or you can have fun, but you can't do both at the same time--or in the same place. Work is what you do for your paycheck and fun is what you do on the weekend. Most of us must work to earn money to live, and sometimes enjoying the work we do seems like a luxury we can't afford. Or can we? Download this article from some recommendations.
As companies continue to grapple with the best way forward in navigating a Hybrid Workforce, one of the beliefs driving many companies to require that all employees return to the office is "company culture," that is the shared beliefs, values, norms and practices that uniquely distinguish one company from another. It's assumed by many executives that an organization's culture can only be learned over time by a culmination of in-person interactions conducted exclusively onsite in central office locations. For example, Goldman Sachs CEO, David Solomon, who has called remote work an "aberration" and not conducive to productivity, sent employees an email which in part stated: "We know from experience that our culture of collaboration, innovation and apprenticeship thrives when our people come together, and we look forward to having more of our colleagues back in the office so that they can experience that once again on a regular basis." Download below to learn more.
As we enter the post-pandemic era, most of us will find the workplace has changed. Remote work, which had been a dream for many workers, became a reality over the past year, as at least 42 percent of the U.S. workforce shifted to working virtually full-time from home. Now that the pandemic is subsiding, the Conference Board reports that 40 percent of employers are planning to have workers return to the office, but 61 percent of white-collar employees say they would like their company to let them continue to work remotely indefinitely, and of that number, almost 30 percent of working professionals indicate they will quit if they are told to return to the office. Download this artcile for some best practices recommended by Dr. Bob Nelson.
All variations of the hybrid workforce are emerging as employees head back to the office--or not. Many high-tech companies have granted flexibility for workers to continue to work remotely. For example, Twitter and Facebook have announced that employees can continue to work remotely forever, while Google has proposed that "around 60 percent of employees come to the office a few days a week, while another 20 percent will work in new office locations and 20 percent will work remotely. Download below to learn the options companies are offering and lessons they're learning.
How people truly learn in the flow of work.
Emotional Intelligence (EQ), popularized by best-selling author Daniel Goleman has been validated with multiple research studies to be a key differentiator in work performance. Emotions, which make us human, propel us to require interpersonal connections. Beginning at infancy, our very survival depends upon others, as dramatized in the "Still Face" experiment. In these Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) times, EQ is arguably more important than ever, as emotions are on high alert when experiencing change and stress. Massive changes are occurring both in the workplace and in global macroeconomic trends, as discussed in Forbes and The Conference Board. Such changes trigger strong emotions, which may promote tunnel vision, narrowing our productive choices.
Prove the value of change with effective tools and measurement to track progress, calibrate, and improve organizational change readiness. Change management is the currency of successful organizations, yet it often fails. The ability to adapt and flourish requires understanding what promotes success and what factors doom change initiatives to fail. Measuring and proving the value of change promotes the future capacity to adapt, transform, and be agile. Why change often doesn't succeed. There are a multitude of pitfalls and dangers inherent in change initiatives. Let's look at some of these further and how to address them.
Get the most out of training by recognizing employees before, during, and after a learning event. The principle of recognition that "You get what you reward" is a universal yet often underused principle in day-to-day management—and the training and development function is no exception. There are many ways that recognition can be used to make the training function more efficient, learning more effective, and the training staff more appreciated. By doing so, you can get the most out of the training investment that’s made in your organization. Click below to download this article.  
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