There are many reasons why I love my job. One is that I get to work with the people and companies who get it. Who get that they need to invest in people, keep the leadership pipeline full with potential, and that leadership development is not just for the top of house.
There are 75 million Baby Boomers in the U.S, and the oldest of them are already retired or moving toward retirement. With only 45 million Gen-Xers, we have both a shortage of talent and a shortage of leaders. That means we must accelerate the development of the Millennials, those workers age 33 or younger, as many will be called upon to lead sooner than you might want.
Raised with personal cell phones, the Internet and social media, Millennials have many strengths: they’re tech-savvy, creative and innovative. They also have their areas of struggle, namely, interpersonal skills and an expectation and need for frequent feedback. In order to make sure your future leaders are well prepared as they move through the succession pipeline we must use methods that work best for them, leveraging their strengths and creating an environment where they can develop their interpersonal skills and receive ample feedback.
The traditional methods of training and development used in the past will not engage and accelerate development for this new breed. Generic off the shelf programs are not going to cut it.
I am blessed to know so many great people, who are my clients, my friends, and mentors in the industry. So I am going to tap their brilliant minds for some nuggets of information to help answer the question,
“how do we effectively retain, engage, and better prepare our future leaders for success?”
Stop spending classroom time communicating concepts that can be better communicated in advance of the event via some form of pre-work. Classroom time is too precious. Focus “face time” as much as possible on application and practice and Q & A of the key concepts. Jane Dowd, Director, Learning & Organizational Development, College of American Pathologists
Thank you, Jane, for kicking this off.