Letter from the Editor July 2015

headerimage01Those of you who know of Entelechy’s work, you know that we take great pride in creating training that sticks. In fact, we wrote the paper on making leadership training stick; see Leadership Training that Sticks: 22 Lessons Learned Over 21 Years (http://www.unleashyourleadership.com/white-papers-articles).

We forgot one lesson, one thing above all that makes all the other lessons in stickiness work. And I was reminded of this key lesson this past weekend as we returned to my home state of Minnesota to join in a very memorable event – my parents’ anniversary. Their SIXTIETH anniversary!

What makes a marriage “stick”? While there are many parallels with the things we cite in our whitepaper, there’s one principle that overrides all others. And it’s both simple and profound. It’s unwavering, unquestioning commitment.

Growing up with my parents, it was clear that they were in this together. They worked together, they parented together, they laughed and played together, they adventured together. In short, when they spoke their vows 60 years ago, they were all in – they were committed to each other and to this thing they created in their union.

Many companies think of leadership development as “something we need to take care of” rather than “a way we ought to be.” Leadership development becomes an event or – at best – an initiative. And this is why, according to Josh Bersin, 50% of the money spent on leadership development is wasted. There’s investment, but not commitment. There’s effort, but not wholesale and continuous engagement.

If you want leadership training to stick, the organization – beginning with the CEO on down – needs to make a “no-looking-back, no-distractions” commitment to leadership and its continued development. In good times and in bad, commitment to the ongoing development of managers and leaders is critical. That type of commitment can change a culture.

Just look to my parents!

Terry

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July 2015

Author: STEP Consulting