We were lucky enough to be invited at PeopleCorp’s ‘Ask the Expert’ lunch where we answered the question ‘Is Leadership Development in Retreat?’.
Productivity and cost cutting still rife and everyone barely finding enough resources (money, time, energy, headspace) for lunch
Let alone an offsite, – and you have a perfect storm around leadership development.
The days of lengthy workshops aimed at capability builds are gone.
Fortunately, we have some other context changes that are driving an optimism around both understanding leadership and also developing it.
- Absolutely know what matters in leading people – Purpose, Relationships, and Agency/Flexibility
- Design for humans – And we know that with human centric design we get simple core processes that deliver on promises
- Habits matter – And we design practice that embeds ideas into every day
- Use technology in ways we never imagined – and we should test and learn
- Understand that time matters, but not like we used to think it did.
This provides us with a very focused leadership development agenda:
It is built with short, sharp and focused workshops, of just an hour or so.
They can be virtual and/or gamified to support simple, effective and well-designed processes and tools.
- Purpose –
Told in stories of real life, not mouse-mats and posters. “Development” is about identifying the stories that matter and refining how to tell them.
- Relationships –
They are about time together, mutual appreciation and empathy.
That means you don’t necessarily need time in the mountains, but you do need to spend time talking about what used to be called ‘the soft-skills’.
Development that matters is about the right context for those conversations to be effective.
and underscoring all that –
- Data –
It has given us a razor-sharp agenda of priorities, not the long shopping lists of yesterday.
What else could work?
If you still want to walk on the beach with your colleagues, never fear there may be some space left.
It will be to get to know each other, to achieve a sense of belonging, to master existing working relationships or get incidental exercise and recharge as a group.
And that mountain retreat may still have room to talk about the business and the work you get to do together.
To compare notes.
But developing real leadership is best done quite differently.
If you’re looking to reset and refocus your leadership development agenda, or your people agenda more broadly, mwah. is a great place to start.
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