Why are leadership development programs failing at most companies? Deborah Rowland helps answer the question with insights on why classroom-based learning models must be replaced by “journey-based” models. The current failures of traditional leadership development training/programs are rooted in the industrial training methodologies of the university. Ms. Rowland’s research and practice have supported the need to evolve leadership training into experiential programs that aim to change the habits and behaviors of future leaders. We agree that emotional intelligence theory has a great role to play in this new learning, but ACA research and practice has determined that cultural intelligence theory is a more powerful predictor of superior leadership performance and results. Still, Ms Rowland’s work is clearly a powerful improvement over the status quo.
Why is corporate culture now seen as the leading engine of company performance? That’s the topic of Ricardo Semler’s Ted talk, which has been seen more than 2 million times. He proposes that corporate culture and the foundation of learning must realign to the new realities of the digital age: people’s humanity, not machine efficiencies are the core competitive advantage. As Peter Drucker said, “doing the right thing,” deliberating and choosing what to do or not do next is the humanizing decision that defines great cultures with aligned values. Semler looks to redefine that process. How can your company culture be hacked toward this new thinking?
A new paradigm in corporate learning circles is emerging. Say goodbye to the classroom and hello to the learning journey. A new article in Chief Learning Officer magazine describes the reinvention of corporate learning into the corporate culture function. It proposes that chief learning officers become chief culture officers, and the learning and development (L&D) department become people and engagement (P&E). Meanwhile, learning needs to change from a one-act classroom event to an ongoing learning journey that strengthens and sustains the company culture. This is a complete reshaping of corporate learning programs into culture campaign programs. It is an excellent article.