Productive Leadership

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Kicking off a Productive Leadership Workshop.

Tom is right there in the trenches with you.  He isn’t someone that is just talking the talk but has walked it as well.”  (A quote by Productive Leadership workshop attendee).

Alidade MER provides a series of Productive Leadership© Workshops and Team Effectiveness & Motivation Surveys© (TEMS©).

  • Getting Traction Through Productive Leadership© – A two-day workshops for managers, supervisors and perspective managers and supervisors.  It provides background on leadership, the 5 leadership roles, the 5 leadership attributes and important leadership skills.  We also present the 7 sources of power, Needs Theories and the relationship between needs and motivation.
  • Supporting Productive Leadership© – a half-day workshop for senior managers.  It introduces the elements of Productive Leadership, and provides recommendations on how senior managers can support and assist in the development of managers and supervisors.
  • Getting Traction Through the Guidance and Execution Model© – Culture is what most people do, most of the time.  What people do are behaviors.  If you define the behaviors you want, we can apply Productive Leadership© to execute.  This workshop trains leaders on how to create the right guidance to get the right behaviors.

Two other Productive Leadership Tools:

  • Team Effectiveness and Motivation Survey© (TEMS©) – There are three parts to this survey.  The first is demographics and allows linking a leader with their direct reports; this allows changes in follower performance to be measured.  The second part, team effectiveness, measures how well the leader is aligned with their team members.  The third part, motivation, uses Expectancy Theory to measure the relative motivation levels.  A 2015 Alidade MER/Plant Services Magazine Survey provided a benchmarking tool.  Initial and subsequent surveys allow organizations to baseline and measure improvements as a Productive Leadership© Development Program gets traction.
  • Lead In© Smart Phone App – Most people going through ‘butt-in-seat’ training retain only 10% to 20% of the information presented.  That information is stored in short-term memory.  Neuroscience has confirmed that short-term memories need to be repeated to convert them to long-term memories.  Alidade MER has developed the Lead In© app with pop-up reminders and handy Productive Leadership© tips and tools.  It’s available in Android and iPhone versions.

Why do you need Productive Leadership© training?

Between 80% and 90% of people in most facilities are led by line supervisors and mid-level managers.  Unfortunately, as found in the 2015 Plant Services Leadership Survey:

  • 26% of supervisors have never received leadership training, and 19% received leadership training only less than once in five years.
  • 18% of managers have never received leadership training, and 36% received leadership training less than once in five years.

This means that approximately half of the line supervisors and mid-level managers receive insufficient leadership training, yet we expect them to effectively lead over 90% of the organization’s personnel.

In the same study, Expectancy Theory was used to measure motivation levels.  The results showed:

  • Senior Managers average motivation score: 160 (10.9% above the mean)
  • Managers average motivation score: 145 (0.8% above the mean)
  • Supervisors average motivation score: 135 (-6.2% below the mean)
  • Workforce average motivation score: 140 (-2.7% below the mean)

This data shows the effect of training our manager and supervisor morale.  Low morale equates to low productivity, higher turnover and grievances, and ultimately higher total costs.

Some other facts:

  • Gallop Management Journal Polls consistently show over 70% of workers are disengaged, or actively disengaged.
  • The Department of Labor estimates that:
    • The average employee turnover rate across all industries is 15%,
    • Costs associated with hourly employee turnover is between 25% and 50% of annual compensation.
    • Costs associated with supervisors and managers turnover is between 75% to 150% of annual compensation.
  • Another consulting firm’s survey results showed
    • 89% of surveyed employers believed that employees left for higher pay,
    • Only 12% of surveyed employees say they left because of pay; most left to get away from a bad boss.

People want to work for supervisors, managers and other senior persons who are great leaders.  Just as a tradesmen needs a complete set of hand tools, a leader needs a complete set of leadership tools.