Enabled, inspired and fully-committed managers will create enabled, inspired and committed employees.
Trust and knowledge will be passed down the pipeline from corporate to low-level managers; creating a more transparent and inspiring workplace.
We propose: Companies can create a private social network for managers and deliver an effective two-way communication channel that can be utilized for training, collaboration, reflective learning, giving feedback and much more. Managers who are part of a private network also have unlimited access to a global community of managers to share knowledge, ask questions, and find support.
- Traditional manager training methods are 'too slow' for today’s fast-paced business climate.
- Textbook learning often does not stick or click.
- Many companies do not invest enough or do not know how to invest in the leadership development of their front line managers.
- According to a 2010 report from Bersin & Associates: "HR leaders rate their first-line managers as their ‘least ready’ workgroup, even less capable than their entry-level employees.”
- Many new leaders are being thrown into the deep end and left to either sink or swim.
- Managers do not have access to crucial information or feedback whenever and wherever they need it.
A private managers' social network will allow organizations to
The platform will enable leaders to address issues (for example, how to align personal and organizational values).
Bill Brandon, managing editor of Learning Solutions e-Magazine (from http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/514/social-networking-a-platform-for-training-new-managers-online): "[T]he setup begins by defining the focus for the network. Is the group meant for new first-line supervisors or for new mid-level managers? Is the objective of the network to support development of leadership and communication skills, or to support application of critical policies, such as those relating to ethics?"
Organizations would have to determine who would be the administrator(s) of such a network and how encompassing it should be (offer leadership training, make personal development plans available online, discuss career advancement, share information, increase motivation, broadcast 'contests', meetings, etc.)
Our idea in action: http://www.whatdoyouwantfromthem.com/training_new_managers