Do you have diverse insights needed to succeed in global markets? Is your company recruiting and retaining the right talent and are they ready to lead a rapidly evolving U.S. workforce and dynamic global market?
Leadership Navigation focuses its training on the “hows” of leadership suited for mid-to senior-level managers. In this program you will:
- Focus on the critical competencies for all executive leaders and drill down to examine the upper management nuances behind each of these competencies.
- Examine how best to integrate your unique perspectives and cultural insights into an effective and authentic leadership style that contributes to the objectives of your organizations within a safe environment.
- Receive professional coaching which deepens application, reinforces learning and ensures that participants can receive feedback and coaching on issues most relevant to your career objectives.
The program starts with a three-day kick-off session in late February/early March and then commences with full-day sessions at least once a month from March to October at various sponsor company offices in the Greater Puget Sound area. Topics covered in Leadership Navigation are outlined below:
Program Jumpstart (February)
In an informal interactive form, participants will gain a foundational understanding of the EDI leadership approach, pick up the nuts and bolts of their respective programs, meet the other members of their cohorts and network with participants from all of EDI’s Puget Sound programs. This will allow participants to hit the ground running at kickoff!
Three Day Kick-off: The Complete Leader Package (March)
The Leadership Navigation journey begins with a frank, constructive and provocative forum with highly respected executive leaders to explore personal cultural values and influences that drive behaviors and perceptions, and ways to maintain authenticity and alignment with core values. Participants are also in for an action-packed team-building exercise to experience high performance teamwork. From there, they work with behavior styles to enhance peak performance, and learn about the dynamics of company performance cultures. Finally, participants will focus on their vision and objectives that will guide their leadership plan.
Applying Emotional Intelligence at Work (March)
In top leadership positions, over 80% of the difference between great and average performance is due to emotional intelligence (EQ). Participants will take an EQ assessment and gain insights into EQ dimensions of self-awareness, empathy, and strategies for managing relationships under challenge. Participants will also develop practices for strengthening EQ in their targeted areas.
Building and Leading Successful Teams (April)
21st Century leaders cannot be successful in “Lone Ranger” mode. With the global marketplace and fast-paced technology, leaders need to mobilize productive, high functioning teams. Participants will learn keys for optimizing performance by balancing team-building focus with task performance focus, learning the six characteristics of teams that work, and practicing essential communication skills.
Speak To Persuade Part I: Creating Memorable Messages (May)
The ability to take command of a group from the front of the room is a rare yet essential skill for every leader. And yet, the fact is, very few business leaders take time to develop the required skills. Participants will learn what it takes to engage their audiences, project a strong and convincing presence, and communicate their message in ways that elevate and challenge the thinking of their listeners. Effective leaders are effective public speakers. Through lecture, discussion, video-feedback and individual coaching, participants will learn how to leverage their skills as a public speaker to become visible, memorable and compelling communicators.
Negoitating Success (June)
This workshop will examine a variety of approaches to the process of negotiations, both forman and informal, in the corporate setting. Specifically, strategies for dealing with collective bargaining, client bargaining and negotiations for individual interests will be discussed. Participants will have opportunities for group discussion and interaction, self and group reflection and role-playing. Strategies and approaches discussed will build on concepts and skills developed during the Navigation Program such as collaborative team building, assessing group dynamics, effective communication strategies, and establishment of priorities based on a common sense of purpose and core values.
Speak To Persuade Part II: Showtime! Learn by Doing (July)
The path to becoming a powerful public speaker is not through watching others do it or listening to someone talk about it. As with all other skills, the best way to hone your speaking skills is to do it while getting immediate feedback. Each participant will be asked to return to this follow-up session with a fully developed and rehearsed, persuasive presentation. The presentation will be delivered to an audience of business professionals that will potentially include participant coaches, managers, and members from EDI’s Board of Directors. Each participant will then receive feedback from the group, all of which is videotaped. This experience is unique to the Navigation Program and is rated by participants as the most valuable part of this program.
Organizational Savvy – Knowing the Rules of Your Organization that Increase Your Sphere of Influence (August)
Organizational politics are as old as the history of business. Aspiring leaders need to develop keen awareness and practical sense to navigate well in a high stakes environment. This program takes a candid and sometimes provocative look at organizational power and politics. Participants will be challenged in examining their values and emotions about the power dynamics and will have an opportunity to hear from a panel of experienced savvy executive mentors about their individual perspectives on gaining influence and surviving the hot seat of that influence, given their core values.
Leading Large Scale Adaptive Change: Addressing Change Dynamics from the Inside Out (September)
With most organizations being in a constant state of change – from rapid growth to downsizing and restructuring, the ability to lead and manage change is a critical leadership skill. Yet, a large majority of change initiatives are not successful. There is not a one-size fits all formula for leading change. Participants will gain insight into and engage in change dynamics for themselves and their environments to increase effectiveness for leading their organizations toward progress and change.
How to Achieve Life Balance and Stay Grounded (October)
Life balance is a continuum of roles, values and energy that varies from person to person. People generally know when they are out of balance, but struggle to find their own emotional, physical, mental and spiritual equilibrium, particularly with today’s 24/7 pace. Each participant will develop a personalized action plan to improve work-life balance and craft a vision of themselves at their best that can guide their choices and tradeoffs.
Where I Started, What I’ve Done, Where I Am Now and What’s Next (October)
Prior to graduation, participants in Leadership Navigation will return to the vision questions, goal setting and leadership development plan they started at the program’s launch. They will reflect back on their leadership development and present their renewed vision and next steps in their leadership development plan. In addition, they will present their team project, and team accomplishments and lessons learned.
Graduation Ceremony is held in November.
2014 applications are due by November 30, 2013.