Fast Track Your Teams’ Leadership Skills

Quick, simple, and effective tactics to make your IT leaders better at their jobs while driving real business value.

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Your Challenge

  • Leadership training can be unsuccessful and expensive. More than 14 billion dollars was spent on corporate leadership development in the US in 2013, yet less than 15% of these programs were effective.
  • The longer you wait to improve leadership skills, the longer it will take to improve your managers' reputations with their teams – and improve performance, retention, and engagement. 

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Get results from your leadership training by holding your teams accountable through team-based development and support.
  • Focus on quick-wins or “low-hanging fruit” to see leadership skill improvements fast, and make teams more effective and engaged today.
  • Apply training immediately and iterate as you go. By doing so, participants are significantly more likely to use techniques and get value from the training. 

Impact and Result

Use Info-Tech’s collaborative team-based approach to leadership development. Our proven methodology and process focus on easy-to-implement tactics that will achieve results for your leaders within two months. This blueprint focuses on improving skills in six critical areas:

  1. Leadership brand
  2. Communication
  3. Inspiring staff
  4. Meeting effectiveness
  5. Conflict resolution
  6. Strategic time management

Contributors

  • 22 organizations contributed information to assist with the development of this solution set. Due to the sensitivity of the information, all contributors requested confidentiality.
  • 34 professionals contributed information that assisted with the development of this solution set.

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Guided Implementation icon Guided Implementation

This guided implementation is an eight call advisory process.

    Guided Implementation #1 - Launch project

  • Call #1: Introduce leadership skills development.

  • Call #2: Review kick-off presentation.

  • Call #3: Launch skill rotation program.

  • Guided Implementation #2 - Develop leadership skills

  • Call #1: Introduce project steps and key deliverables.

  • Call #2: Review current results and assess tactic suitability.

  • Call #3: Discuss team results.

  • Guided Implementation #3 - Communicate results

  • Call #1: Introduce communication process.

  • Call #2: Discuss results and next steps.

Onsite Workshop

Module 1: Identify Leadership Skills Opportunities

The Purpose

  • Get your IT leadership team on the same page regarding the importance of development, goals, and metrics, and determine which leadership skills to focus on. 

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Buy-in for leadership development achieved.
  • Metrics and goals for leadership skill development identified.
  • Self-assessment of participant leadership skills complete. 

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Make the case for leadership development.
  • Leadership Reference Book
1.2 Brainstorm key pain points.
1.3 Prioritize leadership skills which enable the corporate strategy.
1.4 Identify leadership metrics.
1.5 Create a Leadership Vision Statement.
1.6 Complete a self-assessment of leadership skills.
  • Leadership Skills Assessment Tool
1.7 Identify skills to develop.

Module 2: Build Leadership Skills

The Purpose

  • This tailored program will focus on building skills in critical leadership competencies based on participants priorities. 
  • It will follow a structured approach, providing tangible advice to improving in four of the leadership areas. 

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Introduction of leadership skill and identification of critical pain points and opportunities.
  • Complete a current state assessment on your effectiveness in the specified skill.
  • Tactics for improving skill identified and implemented.
  • Next steps outlined. 

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Identify leadership skill pain points.
  • Leadership Reference Book
2.2 Identify opportunities for improvement.
2.3 Determine tactics for improvement.
2.4 Create a plan for implementing tactics.

Module 3: Communicate Results

The Purpose

  • Leverage the information you learned to identify opportunities for using the tactics you have chosen and  for reviewing your progress.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Communication and action plan developed.
  • Identified opportunities for using tactics learned.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Review lessons learned.
  • Leadership Reference Book
3.2 Determine implementation steps.
3.3 Build and finalize communication presentation.
3.4 Implement tactics.
3.5 Conduct implementation retrospective.
3.6 Review metrics.
  • Metrics Tracking Tool

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