Evolving Leader Virtual Program

HR.Com recognized the Evolving Leader Virtual Program as a Top 3 leadership development program at the 2014 Leadership 500 Excellence Awards. This year’s award recipients were selected based on both an application and nomination process as well as voting. The voting was completed by users of the leadership program and was promoted by the nominees as well as through social media campaigns.

The Evolving Leader Virtual Program (ELVP) focuses on developing leaders of choice. The ELVP program gets leaders curious about the impact of their habits and honest about their performance while at the same time teaches simple behavioral shifts that create fast and sustainable results.  

In their 15-week comprehensive live virtual program they offer, Front-Line to Director level Leaders participate in a unique combination of self-assessments, manager assessments, live webinars, book summaries, case studies, weekly check in’s, group feedback, hot seat coaching, manager support and an optional Acceleration Coaching Package with ELVP coaches. They keep their class size limited to 20 participants to keep it a rich and intimate learning experience.

The ELVP is an experiential program based on a proven leadership commitment model that is customized to address the issues and obstacles Leaders face on a daily basis. The ELVP focuses on development in Stage 1: Awareness and Assessment of the Leadership Commitment Model.

Leaders attend weekly 90-minute webinars and engage in application projects. Each webinar provides an opportunity for feedback and coaching for participants and direct access to the facilitator’s for questions and support. The manager of each participant is an important component that makes this unique program a success. The manager is provided weekly coaching guides and meets regularly with their leader to support and guide them throughout the program.

As a result of participating in this comprehensive program, leader’s also create a Team Results Plan that ensures the team is aligned and clear on roles, responsibilities and direction. They also develop a Leadership Communication Plan that keeps the team informed, proactive and engaged. Also included is to develop a personal leadership approach that encourages accountability and creates influence with people critical to their success. Participants learn to manage change and transition to foster excitement and productivity despite daily uncertainties and unexpected shake-ups. By the end of the program participants establish a strong coaching relationship with their facilitator, manager and other participants.

Fraser, the Director level Leader, stated this of his ELVP development experience: “Having a forum to discuss and provide the tools to deal with issues I was encountering in my job was a relief and employing them into my team has resolved many of my daily stressors. Anyone from the front line employee to the executive level would benefit from this program.”




Top 10 Powerful Questions to Ask as a Leader

Top 10 Powerful Questions to Ask as a Leader

Girl QuestioningSolid strategic plans, strong work relationships, high morale and improved performance are all byproducts of good questions. This potent communication tool can help you discover important information about your work, yourself, your team, your customers-and create insights that otherwise might have remained hidden.

Below are just a few questions that can have powerful effects on your work as a leader. Ask your questions without leading, prompting or interrupting, and suspend any assumptions. And then be sure to LISTEN to the answers.

1. What is it that you’d like to see accomplished and how do you see it happening?

2. What are your thoughts? Your concerns?

3. What’s the most important priority to you with this and why?

4. What would you like to see improved?

5. Can you help me understand that a little better?

6. What’s in the way of improved performance? How can I change that?

7. If I could change one thing as a leaders that would have the greatest impact, what would it be?

8. What prevents our team from being able to place more focus on this?

9. What self-limiting fears, thoughts or actions do we want to leave behind?

10. Are my actions today compatible with what I wish to leave behind as a legacy?

Leader Application: Make it a goal to ask a new question every week. It can be a great way to kick off your next staff meeting, engage in a deeper level conversation in your next one on one, or helpful when you are looking for better feedback. Take notice of your results. If these questions start to open the door to more powerful communication (which we know they will) – start making them a new leadership habit.

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Top 3 Mistakes Companies Make When Developing a Leadership Program

OopsOver the past 15 years, I’ve developed a lot of leadership programs for a variety of companies. I’ve learned a thing or two about what works and what doesn’t to keep your leadership program sustainable over the long run and ensure that it gets results. The biggest mistakes that I see when developing a leadership program that you want to steer clear of are:

Mistake #1. Lack of Alignment
Be sure that your program and the leadership competencies that you are developing are tied directly to your company goals or vision of the future.

Mistake #2. Lack of Sponsorship
An absolute must for any leadership development program to succeed is having a champion or sponsor of the program. This could be a trusted executive or various members of the leadership team.

Mistake #3. Lack of Measurement
Clearly define what you hope to accomplish by implementing a leadership program. What changes in behavior or culture do you expect to see over the long term? How will you know when are experiencing successful movement in the right direction?

Unfortunately, these mistakes are common, but they don’t have to be. With preparation and the right resources in place, you can build a leadership program that gets results and makes a difference at your company.

If you would like to hear more about how you can design a leadership program that changes behavior, builds strong teams and gets bottom line results ~ sign up here for our complimentary webinar program 10 Steps to Design and Develop Your Leadership Program where you’ll learn:

  • The #1 reason why having a Leadership program is absolutely imperative for business growth
  • The importance of creating Leaders of Choice
  • The Leadership Commitment Model that creates transformational results
  • The 10 Steps to designing an Leadership program that has a major impact on your business including:
    • How to clarify necessary leadership skills
    • How to align and engage your organization
    • How to ensure sponsorship
    • How to create a mentorship program
    • How to track and communicate ROI
    • and much, much more!
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