April 14, 2012 Leave a comment
There is plenty of research that proves the quantifiable impact of an engaged workforce. Companies with an engaged workforce have higher levels of productivity, growth, and profit. If you can have a positive impact on the engagement levels of your own workforce, you can bet that will have a positive impact on your financial results. In our Leaders in Motion series we make the assumption that if we equip our managers with skills that help them manage more effectively this, in turn, will also improve the effectiveness of their direct reports. (Not too much of a leap, I know.) That’s why we are doing this — equipped, engaged, and effective managers make for equipped, engaged, and effective employees, which leads to results. It’s that simple.
At Randstad we have built a strong management development program called “Leaders in Motion” that focuses on the practical, tactical skills needed by entry-level managers. Of course, these skills apply to all levels of management. No one has ever ‘arrived’ when it comes to a full set of management tools.
In each of twelve sessions in our series we have identified three premise statements. The premise statements are memorable, succinct lines that provide the gist of the skill. When you read each of the premise statements it is not likely that you will say ‘I never thought of that’. Our primary goal with the premise statements was to organize much common knowledge about management and leadership. Another goal for those premise statements was to establish a leadership vocabulary for our company. We are already seeing signs of common terminology being used throughout the organization. It is exciting so far.
Each session has an associated HBR article that we require as pre-work for our sessions. The purpose of the HBR article is to provide a new perspective for our managers, a new mindset from which to consider their own management style. We begin each session with a typical scenario that shows what ‘not to do’ and a group discussion of the mindset of a successful manager and .
Over the next few weeks I am going to share the premise statements we have for our series we call “Leaders in Motion”. I hope the premise statements are valuable mind-joggers for you.