Every manager wants their employees to be thoughtful, accountable, empowered, productive and a great leader (even as individual contributors.) Yet, do you know the effectiveness of your current professional training? Do you know how many of the insights and ideas are translating into improved leadership and performance?
Unfortunately the statistics aren't very encouraging, and my guess is that you would like better results for your team.
According to research, there are several factors that are preventing your employees from turning their learning into improved leadership. This includes factors like: lack of engagement due to distractions; learning in isolation, rather than in community; lack of accountability; and to put it simply, they don't know how.
"Ideas without action aren't ideas, they're regrets."
~Jeff Hayden, author of The Motivation Myth.
Why a Custom Book Circle?
A Custom Book Circle provides a complimentary learning approach to traditional training models, and allows your employees to engage, collaborate, co-develop, and share best practices on an ongoing basis, using a leadership, management, or business book of YOUR choice. Using the common principles outlined in the shared book, your team can further the mission, vision, and strategy of your company in cooperation with one another, while also building trust amongst your employees and supporting the company culture. As the saying goes, "A rising tide lifts all boats."
Starting at 1500€ per book cycle, it's a cost effective way to support your team's professional growth and help them move from consuming best leadership practices, to creating new leadership behaviors.
The time commitment for your employees will range from 20-30 minutes per day, which is mostly comprised of reading and some short interactions online. On top of that are the longer integration sessions which are 90-120 minutes.
"Trust is the one thing that changes everything. It is not a nice-to-have, it is a must have."
~Stephen M.R. Covey and Doug R. Conant
How I Do It Differently:
I created the Emerge Book Circle format because I believe in doing things differently. Here's how:
I am NOT a seasoned trainer and facilitator. I am former classroom teacher, turned school leader, turned coach.
I don't believe that learning is one-and-done. I believe in keeping the conversation going long after the "training" is over.
I believe that we need to treat our learning and growth like we do food or exercise. A little bit everyday, or every few days is what leads to long term success.
I believe in learning community to gain perspective, co-develop new practices, and build trust, cooperation, and collaboration.
I believe in not just reading a book, but in living its ideas.
Like a traditional book club host, I love books, but I believe in engaging the reader and learner from the very start to the very finish of the learning experience. Through consistency, community, and coaching, you, or your employee will not just read a book, but begin to LIVE its ideas.
An Emerge Leadership Book Circle allows your team to come together to read, engage and share insights with others, while benefitting from the support, accountability, coaching, and mentoring that is built into the circle You could think of it like a virtual water-cooler, while simultaneously leveraging and implementing new ideas for greater leadership and improved performance.
A custom book circle is a cost-effective way to compliment your current learning and development programs, in a fresh, innovative way. Given the current pandemic, this is even more important, as in-person training isn't accessible for many of you--the Emerge Book Circle model is 100% virtual.
86% of employees named learning opportunities the most important thing their employers can provide for them on the job.
deeper connection and trust across departments (taking down silos)
actionable learning (from theory to practice)
alignment of leadership practices
closing of skill gaps
increased employee engagement
improved company culture
increased creativity and innovation
enhanced productivity and efficiency
bolstered English skills for non-native speakers
A custom circle offers teams or groups of 10-15 the opportunity to dive deep into a book of their choosing, with the facilitation of a professional coach throughout the entire learning process. The majority of the interaction happens online via your preferred discussion platform, followed by 1 or 2 discussion/implementation meetings. Clients build their circle from the following options:
Private community and discussion board for your team (Slack, MS teams, etc.) to keep the engagement and conversation alive during the entire reading period.
Recommended book selection based on the growth needs of your employees and in alignment with the vision and values of your company
Launch/Q&A Meeting to calibrate the entire process with the selected team
Implementation Discussion at end of reading period to help your team come together around what new leadership practices they will implement company-wide, as well as individually.
Accountability Check-In 2-4 weeks after Implementation Discussion to further the implementation discussion and proactive deal with foreseen barriers
1:1 coaching to provide additional support for any team members who could benefit
Virtual Office Hours to give all of your employees an opportunity to ask questions and get support or coaching without the commitment of 1:1 coaching
Written summaries or videos on a dedicated webpage to support and remind your employees of the big ideas both during and beyond the reading period.
By combining my first career in education and educational leadership, with my second career as a professional coach, I have a unique (and perhaps disruptive) perspective when it comes to learning, development, and leadership.
I know first hand, and through the 8 years that I have been coaching and mentoring individuals around the globe, that learning alone won't change your leadership practices. Yet, when you combine learning, with community, consistency, and coaching, you move from consuming new ideas, to creating new ways of living and leading.