The capability to lead and influence people is essential for success even beyond management. Professionals without a formal leadership role find themselves more and more often in situations where it is key to deliberately influence people, teams, divisions or the whole organization. Thus despite – or perhaps precisely because of its great relevance, leadership is often seen as something mystic. This impression is reinforced by a large number of popular business bestsellers about leadership, CEO biographies, and executive consultants who rely on individual experiences and anecdotal evidence when writing and talking about leadership. These sources generally provide only a limited informative value and therefore are of questionable use for the development of leaders and professionals.
When employees embark on a training course, the most important criterion for success is that they transfer the skills they have learned back on the job. There has been much research on those factors that lead to employee training and development success. However, learning transfer is still an issue within the Human Resource Development (HRD) community.
We at CQ Net support managers and professionals to develop their employees, teams and organizations with evidence-based practices to the next performance level. This approach is based on the assumption that learning and development (L&D) is a key leadership responsibility. This is in contrast to the mainstream understanding of L&D which is mainly seen as a responsibility of the human resource (HR) department or external organizational development consultants. Taking this into consideration the question arises how managers and professionals can get into the driver seat when it comes to L&D. We collected a set of interventions that will help you to strengthen your and your organization’s L&D competencies.
Evidence-based management, or EBM, is a management approach that involves using scientific evidence and empirical results as a means of attaining knowledge (Barrends, Rousseau, & Briner, 2014). To be an evidence-based manager is to use the scientific literature as a means of answering questions, inspiring strategy decisions, and forming long-term plans. Published academic research from the fields of psychology, behavioral economics, communications, and even sociology can help to inform the decisions of a well-informed evidence-based manager. An evidence-based manager carefully considers the body of evidence, evaluating research for its quality and relevance.
You live and learn. This applies to everyday life and in particular to your own job. Intragroup trainings are increasingly demanded in times of dynamic change. In our society, performance and competitiveness are defined through knowledge to a high degree. Those who provide flexible and efficient opportunities to their employees will have a clear advantage. As a result, hundreds of millions of Euros are invested in training activities every year. However, only a small percentage of the training content is reaches the trainees despite this tremendous investment. Studies show again and again that merely 15-20 percent of the content of traditional training programs such as lectures, video training, and group work lead to sustainable changes. This means a wasted investment for the company and a waste of time for the trainee.
Leadership is a phenomenon that has interested people for hundreds of years. One rather outdated explanatory approach still plays a prominent role in practice and the media in particular: The so-called Great Man Theory. In this blog and in our short course on leadership and its impact on company performance we present what this theory is all about and why it is time to look for alternative approaches.