The American Society of Training and Development says U.S. businesses spend over $170 Billion dollars a year on leadership related training, with most of the investment being on “Leadership Training.” The key challenge for businesses today is to develop leaders and not “train” them. Leaders need to internalize the strategic tools related to good leadership and then apply them based on their perspective of how to manage challenges to deliver the best possible outcomes.
The Arcus Innovation Institute work has elements of management consulting, growth strategy and a bit of design-firm draftsmanship, but its specialty is conceiving new businesses, and what is really the art of innovation. The Institute is built on the premise that creative thinking is a kind of expertise. Learn more about the Arcus Innovation methodology.
Arcus’ multi-industry survey of over 1500 senior executives found that of all the challenges companies face in this area, the biggest challenge is finding ways to create a “climate for innovation”. Management is about business results and processes. Leadership is about people. The key quality you need in good leadership is passion—the urgency to attack and solve the complex problems that all organizations face.
In Pursuit of the Perfect Brainstorm. What’s clear is that in recent years, most corporations have gone meta — they have started thinking about thinking. And all that thinking has led many executives to the same conclusion: We need help thinking. They have realized they don’t know what they don’t know.
Arcus Innovation Series
The Arcus Innovation Series is based on indepth interviews with over 1500 senior executives from orgnaizations like Siemens, Unilever, Domtar, Canada Foundation for Innovation and Maple Leaf Foods. They argue that leadership is about having a vision for innovation and creating a framework for action around the vision to allow partners and employees to pioneer new ways of working.
Contact Arcus to find out how to benchmark your innovation strategy:
- A presentation on best practices from 1500 companies
- A culture change audit
- An innovation workshop
- An innovation strategy
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Highly customized self-directed online learning programs
Arcus works with leadership and human resources teams to create highly customized self-directed learning programs that accelerate productivity gains and motivate teams to perform better. These performance improvements translate into happier work places and highly motivated staff. Teams will have access to hundreds of hands-on and practical modules to support daily management responsibilities across a wide range of tasks such as running meetings to managing difficult interactions. Contact us to learn more about our Leadership, Strategy and Collaboration services.
The real work is done by teams.
In any organization, the real work is done by teams. Sure, each individual has a role to play, but it isn’t the lone gunslingers—even the superstars—who have the most influence on an organization. It is the collection of individuals—the team—aligned to a singular critical objective that moves the organization forward. And the highest point of leverage in influencing the effectiveness of the team is the team’s leader.
How Can Arcus Help?
Arcus’ flagship leadership development program, Leadership: Great Leaders, Great Teams, Great Results, takes a”mind-set, skill-set, tool-set” approach to developing leaders who can unleash the talent and capability of their team against the organization’s highest priorities. Arcus translates vision into reality for your organization. Known historically for our expertise in time management and leadership development, Arcus has emerged as the leader in helping organizations create sustained superior performance. We do this by helping you identify and execute on your top priorities while engaging the hearts and minds of your most valued resource—your people.
Arcus and Leadership
In addition to drawing from a proven legacy of developing effective leaders, Arcus’ Leadership program, through its alliance with global leadership firms, taps into the best thinking of well-known leadership experts such as Jack Welch, Ram Charan, and Fred Reicheld to create a unique, aspirational, yet immensely practical experience. Leaders will learn how to align the four essential systems that drive success, including:
- Execution—the discipline of focusing on a few critical objectives with a process for achieving those objectives
- Talent—attracting, positioning, and developing individual workers in order to tap into their full potential
- Core work processes—creating clearly-understood and aligned work processes for each function of the team
- Customer feedback—understanding the one thing you need to know about how your customers perceive you
The fact is, no organization has ever become great without exceptional leadership—without leaders who can connect the efforts of their teams to the critical objectives of the organization, who can tap the full potential of each individual on their team, who can align systems and clarify purposes. And who can inspire trust. Do your leaders make your organization great?
The Four Imperatives of Great Leaders In order for leaders to become great, they must meet four imperatives:
- Inspire trust among direct reports, superiors, and peers
- Align systems and work processes so they facilitate rather than hinder achievement
- Clarify purposes by articulating why goals are established and how individual work contributes to those goals
- Unleash the unique talents and contributions of people on their teams
In meeting these essential requirements, leaders ensure that they will be able to tap the full potential of their team in achieving the organization’s most important goals. And they will be able to achieve superior results not just in the short term, but year after year—consistently, measurably, predictably. Clients will have access to dozens of modules addressing daily management responsibilities ranging from running a meeting to developing a strategy—and everything in between.
Sample of topics in the L&D program
Business Case Development
Business Plan Development
Dismissing an Employee
Innovation and Creativity
Laying Off Employees
Leading and Motivating
New Manager Transitions