How the Pandemic is Changing Our Leadership Training Needs

The leadership training and coaching needs of leaders and managers have changed significantly in the last 6 months, with businesses pandemic response driving two very different training needs. On the one hand, businesses that are growing in the pandemic are needing short timeframe, fast-spaced skills training that can be utilised quickly and adapt to changing people and operational requirements. On the other hand, businesses that have slowed during the pandemic are using the time to upskill their team in behaviours that take longer to develop and require more time to reflect, such as leadership and coaching programs, as mentioned in a recent HBR article.

CEO Michael Peiniger said ‘for many businesses, now is the perfect time to upskill and requalify members of your team, including yourself. We are seeing a need for training at the moment for two very different reasons – on the one hand businesses that have increased call or production volume needing skills and behaviour training such as time management, difficult conversations, building effective teams – this training is being put into practise straight away because of need, and participants have questions / issues that they need help with straight away. 

Leadership Training Develops Leaders

On the other hand, we are also seeing leaders, managers and business teams that have been impacted by the pandemic taking time to requalify in important skills such as coaching, leading others, high-performance teams, setting vision and presentation skills, that can sometimes take a bit longer to develop. We have also seen a jump in leaders seeking to their understand leadership strengths and weaknesses through our Leadership CheckPoint, seeking to address gaps in their skills while they have the time.

Peiniger says ‘If there has been one significant benefit to business through the pandemic, it has been the increase in IT skills in staff, particularly using online conferencing tools such as Zoom, MS Teams and Google Meets. 

‘We ran a difficult conversations simulation workshop for a national client last week with staff from 3 States, using 5 break out rooms on Zoom, practising difficult conversations with 5 actors from a further 2 States. 25 people online, in simulations they had tailored for themselves and discussing their learning across their teams really quickly, learning from each other as well as us. Suggesting to a business to complete a training program in that format would have been radical 12 months ago, but it is common place in our business now and business leaders are seeing the benefits.

Our popular individual skills training courses, are now delivered via Zoom as 2-4 hour online sessions tailored for your business.

Difficult Conversations in the Workplace https://www.developingleaders.com.au/difficult-conversations-in-the-workplace/

Performance Management Essentials https://www.developingleaders.com.au/performance-management-essentials/

Leading High-Performance Teams https://www.developingleaders.com.au/leading-high-performance-teams/

For more information on workshops, leadership profiles or coaching, speak to one of our staff on (03) 9982 4439.

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LinkedIn is the Platform for Leaders in Business

LinkedIn is the platform for leaders in business. Wonderful to work with some amazing coaches, leaders and professionals from Australia, New Zealand and further afield last night as we discussed how to optimise your LinkedIn profile, discuss new features (including the difference between computer and mobile interface) and how it can benefit your business growth. Not my speciality, but like so many of us, we live and learn and can share with others.
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Melbourne Leaders, Managers and Supervisors – Well done!

Well done Melbourne leaders, managers and supervisors! I know lockdown is hard – both emotionally, physically and financially, but the work is paying off (from 700 cases a day to less than 200). Still some more work to be done. Thank you to the front line workers, nurses and doctors.
Thank you also to the Melbourne supervisors, team leaders, managers, small business owners and senior leaders in business as you navigate this pandemic not only for yourself, but for your team and business as well. Looking after a team takes something, and it is taking something right now with the response to this pandemic – just know that your efforts are appreciated, noticed and acknowledged.


High Performing Teams Workshop Testimonial – Alecia Rathbone, Summer Foundation

A big thank thank you Alecia Rathbone for the lovely recommendation of your recent High Performing Teams workshop – your words put a little spring in our step today!Wednesday is hump day! It is also the day we take a moment at the Institute of Management & Leadership Development to express the gratitude we have for working with some amazing clients and sharing in their leadership, high performance team and coaching journeys. It is always a pleasure to work dedicated leaders seeking to take their teams to new levels. One of our favourite workshops!
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The Path to True Leadership

The path to true leadership does not require you, nor your team, to be perfect. You do not need to be perfect. To be a true leader, you need to take responsibility for your actions and be just as open with your failures and mistakes as your successes. Acknowledging your mistakes, owning them and learning from them is far more important to your team that being perfect. When you behave this way as a leader, your team and your business benefits in your learning leadership journey as well as you.
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Well done Melbourne!

A big shout out to all of my fellow Victorians this morning as we wake to Day 1 of a Stage 4 lockdown for 6 weeks. Many are doing it tough emotionally and financially and the thought of a new lockdown and curfew feels like one more dip on the rollercoaster that is 2020.
My thoughts are ones of resilience (for family and friends), then resignation (6 weeks!), then frustration (this isn’t what I had planned for 2020), then guilt (many have it far worse than me), then hope (so many wonderful people helping others), then back to resilience.
If you are riding the rollercoaster of emotions today and just need someone to listen, someone to vent to or just someone to share the same rollercoaster ride, call or DM, I will reply. WE can get through this.