Earlier this week, Meena Surie Wilson, Anand Chandrasekar and HRDQ-U hosted a free webinar entitled, Learning from Experience: Making Leadership Development Intentional, Not Incidental. Wilson is a Senior Enterprise Associate at the Center for Creative Leadership® (CCL) and author of Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today: Insights from Corporate India. Chandrasekar is a Senior Researcher at Center for Creative Leadership. He combines the rigor of academia with a practical approach to research and then translates the resulting knowledge into solutions that provide sustained impact on individuals, businesses, and the world.
Over 315 people registered to listen to the webinar live. Some of the reviews were as follows:
“This course provided a lot of ideas for me to work on and was very good.”
“Excellent! I have lots to think about. Thank you!”
“Great format; very easy to use and access.”
If you want to watch and learn, you may do so here.
Organizations can avoid the risks associated with inadequate leadership, and prepare leaders for uncertain future scenarios, in two ways. The first is by sharing past experiences with each other as a source of practical lessons about leading. The second is by planning for future experiences and lessons to learn to make themselves and others ready for becoming senior leaders. This structured approach to developing oneself and others is the best guarantee that your organization’s talent pipeline will be filled and flowing.
“It takes boldness to invest in programs of uncertain potentialities, but it is out of such support that some of the greatest discoveries have been made.” H. Smith Richardson, Sr., Center for Creative Leadership Founder
For more than four decades, the Center for Creative Leadership has leveraged the power of leadership to transform individuals, teams, entire organizations and societies to achieve what matters most to them — with results that are powerful, measurable, and enduring.
The agenda for the webinar was as follows:
- Learning to learn from experiences is critical to becoming a top-level leader
- Powerful research tells us which Experiences and Lessons are the most essential
- Experience Explorer™ (EE) card deck contains Experiences and Lessons that matter the most
In more simple terms, it was to offer the participants a research based tool that they can use with your clients and to invite the audience to think about what a learning organization would look like, and how a learning organization can be co-created.
There are five universally important experiences. They are:
1. Bosses & superiors
Leader/s who are one or more levels above the manager and become a positive or negative role model, catalyst, coach, or teacher.
Fixing a failing or under performing business operation; or implementing an organizational culture change. These troublesome assignments can arouse turbulent thoughts and feelings that have to be managed to meet the twin goals of improving productivity and profitability.
3. Increase in job scope
An increase in budget, number of people to manage, access to resources, and complexity of tasks; typically raises the manager’s responsibilities and visibility and involves a promotion.
4. Horizontal move
Transition or rotation to another function, business unit, organization, or industry sector; may not involve a promotion but calls for acquiring new expertise. Horizontal moves stimulate managers to experience different work and work cultures. These moves can be initiated by the organization or an individual.
5. New initiative
Opportunity to develop or launch new products and services, adopt new technologies, craft a new policy or process, build a plant or unit from scratch, develop a new market, embark on a new line of business, or create a new business entity.
To make a contribution to our organization, we have to be successful in the world of work. World of work competencies are taught in MBA programs in business schools and in executive education programs. However, mastering lessons in the world of work is not enough to be an effective leader.
Experience Explorer Solution Set includes a facilitator’s guide and one deck of 99 cards. Experience Explorer™ equips a facilitator with a simple, energizing tool to help managers explore their most memorable workplace experiences and what they learned about leadership from those experiences. This tool is based on proven research and offers the opportunity to accelerate leadership development – enhancing leaders’ ability to learn from experience at all levels. Experience Explorer™ is much more than a personal inventory of experiences and lessons. It emphasizes the specific types of experiences and dimensions of lessons identified by CCL research as common to leading in organizations.
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