Entries by Sindri Anderson
One of our clients faced a dilemma. Her budget for leadership development wasn’t growing, but the organization was. Existing and new managers were struggling and employee engagement was starting to show the impact. She needed a solution that could quickly make a difference across the organization, but had never met a digital leadership skill-building program that worked.
Our client isn’t alone. While past online training has been anything but engaging and impactful, in- person training requires significant resources and can’t scale quickly. In addition, today’s workforce demands personalized and ongoing development when and how they want it.
Honestly, we cringed a bit at the idea of creating a digital solution for our clients since it is so important to deliver our trademark levels of engagement, relevance and results. We pride ourselves on partnering with our clients and customizing offerings to be sure they achieve results.
So we searched for an advanced technology that was collaborative, engaging, flexible and–most importantly—could deliver the impact of in-person. We worked closely with a lead client to develop the very best content and experience possible through digital. We are delighted to introduce Enact’s Emerging Leader Experience (ELE)!
Key benefits of the program include:
- Customized for your organization, and personalized for each participant
- Proven content that equips emerging leaders to elevate from managing to leading
- An engaging, collaborative learning community
- A rich, learner-centric design with real-world applications that are challenging and fun
As one leader noted:
“This has truly been a great hands-on leadership program with practical exercises I learned from and apply every day. I built new relationships that have already paid off in improved cross-functional collaboration on business projects.”
ELE can be a key piece of your leadership development strategy. Use it to establish a core set of skills across your emerging leaders and complement it with “Communities of Practice” and/or in-person application workshops where leaders tackle real-world situations and deepen their ability to use the skills/tools from ELE. You can even wrap action learning projects around ELE, creating small teams that apply the ELE skills while working on real business opportunities/issues.
We’re rolling out ELE now and look forward to sharing more. Receive a 10% discount if you book a delivery by the end of 2019! Click HERE to contact us.
In the meantime, you can learn more about our Emerging Leader Experience here.
How pronouns can pave the way to equity and inclusion
From local coffee shops to global corporations to families, the communication of our pronouns is emerging as another crucial expression of identity. Enact is choosing to communicate our pronouns too, and we wanted to share why.
Forcing individuals to conform to pronouns that do not accurately reflect their true identity is another form of marginalization and exclusion. The main principle is that gender is a social construct, separate from biology. As such, each person may define what (if any) gender they identify with. While this can seem complicated, it is both compassionate and good for relationships & results to honor and respect each person’s gender expression in the workplace and beyond.
We want to help lead the change in inclusive behaviors—both as individuals and allies–by supporting the personal choice to use They/Their, She/Her, He/His, or other pronouns/identities. We will be communicating our pronouns and invite others to inform us of theirs.
As leaders in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work, we’ve seen how new behaviors, words, and habits can be uncomfortable at first. It’s like the old story of walking through tall itchy grass in shorts. The more often we travel these new paths, the easier and more comfortable we feel. Furthermore, we pave a path for others to follow with less “itchiness.”
In the spirit of allying and embracing each other’s full humanity, we are ready to lean into discomfort together.
Ask yourself…when someone requests a different pronoun than you expect, do you:
A. Try to argue or force the person into conforming to existing norms
B. Encourage dialogue and educate yourself, even if uncomfortable, as you fulfill their request
C. Join in the eye-rolling, “some people are so sensitive”
D. Do nothing
At Enact, we answered B and welcome you to join us.
You can CLICK HERE to learn more about our consulting solutions for creating equitable and inclusive work cultures.
Panel will be made up of the following:
Marta Hanson (moderator) – Assistant Dean & Associate Director, Stanford Women’s Community Center, Stanford University
Kelly Buchanan – VP of People, Revinate
Pamela Hopkins – Owner and Managing Partner, Enact Leadership
Heather Rivers – CTO, Mode Analytics