WHAT DOES A PROGRAM LOOK LIKE?
Any engagement will begin with a thorough assessment of your needs and goals: What impact does the program need to have on behaviors and performance within your target audience?
The images below (which we call our "Subway Map") illustrate the structure of a 24-week program. It's important to bear in mind, however, that program length will vary significantly depending on requirements.
Don't hesitate to contact us to discuss a learning structure that can meet the unique learning requirements of your organization.
The colored lines represent the journey through the program of key stakeholders, as follows:
BLUE LINE = Participants: These are the individual new managers / emerging leaders who are going through the program
GREEN LINE = The Line Managers of the participants: It's essential to get managers "on board" and "bought in" to support and coach their direct reports (for which some training may be required!)
PURPLE LINE = Executive Sponsor(s): We conduct regular "pulse checks" with the senior executive(s) from whose budget the program is being paid for; this ensures that the program is meeting expectations and delivering value; where necessary the content can be fine-tuned "in flight" to ensure even greater effectiveness
Two further lines on the map represent additional dimensions to a typical program:
RED LINE = An "insight tool" (or multiple tools in combination) can provide participants with a valuable understanding of themselves—how they currently "show up" as a team member and as a leader, as well helping to identify each participant's strengths and areas for improvement (typically through a 360-degree assessment). Where possible, we integrate the tools and instruments currently deployed in your organization within our programs. Alternatively we can deploy industry-standard third-party instruments as appropriate.
YELLOW LINE = Online learning is a critical component to any program we develop, providing content (both mandatory and elective) to support learning outcomes. Resources will include video modules ("microlearning"), e-learning and curated 3rd-party materials (e.g. TED talks, articles etc.). All online resources will be available 24/7/365 via a fully mobile-responsive Learning Experience Platform (LXP), which also delivers user-tracking and reporting analytics as required. (See our online learning page for more details of our approach to online learning, including examples.)
DOJOs and Learning Circles
On the diagram you will also notice special sessions we call DOJOs, as well as Learning Circles. These are specially-designed components of the program that achieve two key goals:
With the DOJO format, at scheduled times (also called "office hours") participants can attend an open-agenda session with an expert facilitator to raise any issue whatsoever (including requesting role-play practice). In this way the program can dynamically "flex" to specific needs and requirements of learners as they emerge during (and after) the program.
With Learning Circles we achieve a "skills transfer" whereby selected Circle Leaders within your organization are coached and scaffolded by our facilitators as they learn to conduct on-going workshops around leadership topics. This helps to build capability within your organization, and sustain on-going impact long after the conclusion of the formal phase of the program.
And finally...workbooks and study guides
Last but not least, all our programs are accompanied with detailed workbooks and study guides. These can be digital-only (in interactive PDF format) or they can be printed up and distributed to participants.
Whether digital or hard-copy, workbooks offer participants structured opportunities for "journalling" and recording reflections on all aspects of their individual development. Specific actions and intentions will also be recorded, and the participant can assess progress against these commitments.
We offer two templates to reflect either a "corporate" or an "informal" look and feel, and can customize workbooks to reflect program and organizational branding as required.
Please contact us to find out more, and to discuss the specific needs of your organization.