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Alidade MER offers both on-site and on-line training (Productive Leadership Capability) based on the elements described in The Productive Leadership System; Maximizing Organizational Reliability.

Why Leadership Training?

Work center supervisors and managers are accountable to lead 80% to 90% of the people that work in organizations. Productive Leadership helps supervisors and managers become the types of leaders that people trust and respect. Productive leaders focus on getting the most for their team members, so they can get the most from their team members.

Leaders that received leadership training at least once every two to three years had above average motivation levels. The more frequently leadership training was received, the higher the motivation levels. Unfortunately, as found in multiple surveys:

  • 45% of supervisors have never received leadership training or received leadership training less than once in five years.
  • 54% of managers have never received leadership training or received leadership training less than once in five years.

This means that approximately half of the work center supervisors and managers receive insufficient leadership training, yet we expect them to effectively lead. Low motivation equates to lower productivity, higher absenteeism, higher turnover and higher grievances, and ultimately higher total costs.

Some other facts:

  • Polls consistently show over 74% 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 total annual compensation.
    • Costs associated with supervisor and manager turnover is between 75% to 150% of annual compensation.
    • 89% of surveyed employers believed that employees left primarily for higher pay,
    • Only 12% of surveyed employees say they left primarily 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. In order to be a great leader, they need the knowledge and skills of Productive Leadership.

What is Productive Leadership?

The Productive Leadership System™ is based on accountability and leadership capability. Organizations need accountable leaders that are able to define direction (mission, vision and values) and provide guidance (policies, plans, processes, procedures and measures) for their area of responsibility. Productive Leaders align direction and guidance with assets, or resources, that are available and that are required to carry out the direction and guidance. The Organizational Reliability Model™ defines and assigns accountabilities at each level of leadership.

Productive Leaders need to know much more than a handful of leadership skills. They need to know:

  • Leader Traits: leaders must want accountability and they must have a personal mission that’s compatible with their current and future roles. This means having a personal mission, personal vision and personal values that align with being in leadership roles.
  • Leadership Roles: these are the activities that a leader is engaged in while acting in a leadership capacity. These roles include expert/technician, manager/administrator, coach, systems thinker and visionary.
  • Leadership Attributes: these are the characteristics that a leader expresses while interacting with others. These attributes are to be consistent, attentive, respectful, motivating and assertive.
  • Leadership Skills: these are the critical skills that leaders must master. These include time management, communication, empowerment, giving and receiving feedback, and conflict management.
  • Types and Correct Use of Power: there are two power bases (position and personal) and seven power types. Leaders need to know what power they have when they start in a leadership position, how to properly use, and not abuse, their power.
  • Influencing Others: leaders need to know about needs theories and how needs drive motivation, as well as a bit about group dynamics. When leaders know their team members, they can align assignments with needs to get the most for their team members.
  • Setting Goals: means working with team members to develop interim objectives that helps them and the leader to make steady improvements.

The Productive Leadership Model™ provides all of the leadership components that enable productive leadership.

Productive Leadership training provides comprehensive background, knowledge, skills and abilities for ordinary leaders to become productive leaders. Alidade MER provides a series of Productive Leadership™ training and workshops, as well as Team Effectiveness & Motivation Surveys™ (TEMS™) for bench marking and trending performance while implementing productive leadership practices.

Getting Traction Through Productive Leadership

A one or two-day workshop for managers, supervisors and perspective managers and supervisors.  It provides background on leadership; how the human brain works, converting short-term to long-term memories, habits and culture. You’ll also learn the 5 leadership roles, the 5 leadership attributes and 5 critical 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.

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 bench marking tool.  Initial and subsequent surveys allow organizations to baseline and measure improvements as a Productive Leadership Development Program gets traction. We can of course customize the surveys to meet your needs.

If you have questions or need more information contact us and we’ll be happy to help