Setting the strongest possible base
For all audiences (new supervisor through to senior level) we deploy a tailored mix of learning modalities (online, live workshops, one-on-one coaching etc.).
The foundation of the curriculum is core management essentials, based on a structured program developed by our strategic partners at Leader Success.
The curriculum will be tailored to each specific organization, with carefully calibrated adjustments based on length of tenure (and background) of each group of learners. This will include generating case studies and "stories" that are drawn directly from relevant experiences within a given sector or organization.
Beyond the basics
Learn Interactive context is everything. Through developing a deep understanding our clients' specific business challenged we are able to amplify the power and impact of the core content curriculum, covering three key areas of development as below.
Connecting leaders to authenticity and purpose
The importance of authentic purpose; connecting work with personal values
Migrating from pure technical skills to strategic skills—and ultimately to leadership skills
The wide variety of relationships that a leader needs to build, maintain and leverage within and outside the organization
Behaviors in team and group situations that respect and honor the requirements of co-workers and colleagues
Identifying "triggers" (in self and others) and the process of reframing triggering incidents as an opportunity for partnership
The importance of self-care and deploying basic mindfulness techniques to promote and maintain personal wellness and resilience
Achieving shared goals working with a wide range of personality types and skill levels
Identify the dynamics that make up high-performing teams
Develop behaviors and techniques for leading when people don't want to follow (“leadership without a title”)
How purpose leads to relevance—and how a leader needs to be the most relevant person in the room
Finding the balance between push-back / disagreement and the need for commitment to a shared path
Managing challenging conversations
The importance of acting as a catalyst and change agent who can "build tribes" around commonly shared problem-sets
Develop and clearly express a personal leadership philosophy ("clarity of vision")
LEADING THE COMPANY
Fluency in the language of business: finance and strategy
In the area of technical ("hard") skills we focus on two critical areas: finance and strategy. Interventions are tailored to experience-level as follows:
Financial literacy (early / mid-level): Lack of financial literacy is a common cause of potential leaders not reaching the executive level
Financial fluency (senior level): Senior leaders need to achieve a higher level of comfort with enterprise-level finance. In this way they are able to fully participate in strategic dialogues across the enterprise.
Business strategy (early / mid-level): Mid-level leaders represent the "engine room" of any organization. They lead the implementation of strategy from above, and are responsible for operationalizing change.
Business strategy (senior level): At the "leader of leaders" level, individuals will be involved in co-creating strategic direction for the company and mobilizing the organization in pursuit of execution. Leaders need to develop the skills to influence others (peers, subordinates and top-level management) to "get on board." Only in this way can strategy be transformed into successful action.
Learn Interactive has attracted a truly extraordinary roster of world-renowned guest faculty, to complement the core curriculum with unique and high-impact workshops. Each of these interventions has been designed to approach leadership through a variety of lenses, from social anthropology to movement and the language of the body. Please contact us for more details.
Axel Aubrun Ph.D.
Axel Aubrun is a internationally-renowned thought leader in the field of culture change. His ground-breaking work has been published in journals ranging from the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute to the Non-Profit Quarterly.
He is co-founder and of the Topos Partnership, a leading consultancy advising organizations across the USA and internationally.
MANAGING INSTINCTS is a unique workshop for senior leaders, providing evidence-based insight into the individual and group dynamics that motivate human beings to work together effectively—or, if ignored, lead to conflict and strife. Leaders who understand these dynamics can help to shape an organizational culture that truly recognizes the “whole person” in each and every employee. The business benefits of a highly-motivated and well-adjusted workforce are self-evident.
TRUSTING YOUR STORY
Exploring individual identity and authenticity through movement, voice and storytelling.
Preeti Vasudevan CMA
Preeti Vasudevan is an award-winning choreographer, educator and performer. Her work has been acclaimed by audiences across the world from her native India (3-time META award winner) to New York (Lincoln Center, Guggenheim Museum). As an educator, her pioneering process of exploring identity through story has led to engagements with the US Department of State and many other major international organizations.
TRUSTING YOUR STORY is an inspirational workshop which deploys theater-based techniques (choreography, music, improvisation, and reflective memory) to help senior leaders access their true creativity and release powerful modes of self-expression. Participants emerge with a strong sense of connection to their vulnerabilities—emerging from this extraordinary process not weaker but stronger, and able to project and inspire others with what Vasudevan calls "personal density" and enhanced authenticity.
Small group work explores the impact of our identity on those around us, leading to a deeper understanding of how to work together towards a collective goal.