Enterprise leadership program
In 2014, DeakinPrime had the opportunity to have an in-depth discussion about the emerging trends in leadership with world-renowned leadership and learning technology expert, Nigel Paine.
‘The vast majority of leadership programs fail’ was the starting point for our discussions. They do not result in ongoing, observable change in behaviour. One of the key goals of a leadership program should be helping people to change—but not just at the surface level. The change required is changing people’s habits, consistently.
This led us to consider four critical success factors for leadership development:
- contextualisation: One size does not fit all. What are the two or three main competencies that will make the most significant difference to performance for individuals and an organisation?
- coupling real work with reflection: As learners only retain 10 per cent of knowledge transferred in a training session, learning needs to be linked to on-the-job projects that have a business impact. People learn more by doing, and the opportunity to practice in the real world is crucial. In line with this is the opportunity for the individual to reflect on decisions. The two aspects—practice and reflection—need to be combined.
- shifting the mindset: This is the key element of new behaviour becoming a lasting habit.
- measurement: Is there measurable, verifiable change and improvement? Can colleagues see a positive change in behaviour across the leadership group?
With these four elements in mind, DeakinPrime designed the framework for our Executive Leadership Development Program.
DeakinPrime then considered the VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) environment in which most organisations now operate. To be effective in a world where the goalposts are constantly moving, leaders will need to be able to exercise improvisational expertise and the principles of adaptive leadership: knowing how to innovate and experiment with relationships, communication and ways of interacting.
At DeakinPrime we believe that effective leaders need to be able to solve complicated problems using practical management skills, and respond to unexpected challenges using adaptive leadership skills. To be successful, a person needs to understand and utilise the appropriate approach for different situations and be accountable for their ongoing growth and development.
DeakinPrime’s Enterprise Leadership Program instils the best practice principles of learning and leadership. With engaging and relevant content, the methodology combines new technologies and learning approaches to support the growth necessary for people to be effective in a complicated and increasingly complex world.
The Enterprise Leadership Program creates behavioural change through:
- Unique learning journey for each participant includes personalised, dynamic and evolving content.
Experimentation and reflection
- On-the-job experimentation supported by group coaching and focused self-reflection are key to creating shifts in mindset and behaviour.
- Continuous contextualisation assures organisational impact and personal relevance for all learning.
- Focusing on organisationwide ‘wicked’ problems extends the organisational results and matures ongoingcollaboration activities.