Aspire Higher 

Leadership Development Program for People Managers

 

A virtual, interactive six-month group coaching program that helps new to mid-level managers focus on developing the career skills necessary to effectively manage and lead People, Problems, Strategy and Processes.

 

Next six-months cohort begins September 9, 2022. 

Deadline to register is August 15th.

 

 

 

 

About the Program

Founded in 2011, Aspire Higher is our signature leadership development program based on a peer-coaching model that blends skills-training classes and both individual and group sessions with a dynamic curriculum designed to build the necessary skills for further career and leadership development within the organizational context.

 

Attention Organizations: Aspire Higher is also offered within companies as an all-inclusive professional development program and path in attracting, developing and retaining all your top talent. We partner with winning organizations internationally in offering this proven and unique peer-coaching model to enhance your talent management (L&D, Training, OE/OD,) and succession planning initiatives. 

 

 

 

Business Case for Participating

 

Due to their constant and often changing demands, managers play a bigger role in building a pipeline of thriving talent and achieving business results in your company than they may even realize.

It is increasingly important that you empower them to lead and influence others most effectively.

 

Benefits to Organization include:

  • Ability to develop, attract and retain your top talent.
  • Add to your talent management and succession planning strategies.
  • Offer high potentials a formal and proven professional development program.
  • Assess participant's strengths and areas for growth through an anonymous 360˚ feedback survey.
  • Provide input on participant's goals for the program.
  • Receive a Progress Report at end of program.

  

Who enrolls

 

New (one year plus) and mid-level (up to five years) managers of people. From recently promoted star performers through more seasoned mid-level managers who need updated tools to lead and manage themselves and others in the changing landscape of the workplace.

 

New managers: Being an effective manager takes work and different from an individual contributor. If you are new to the role with little or no training, you will discover there is a difference between being a great employee and managing great employees.
 
Mid-level managers: As you gain traction in achieving results through the efforts of others, seasoned managers require new and updated skills and tools when balancing tactical with strategic, adapting to the constant changes, bridging different work styles and building your team.

 

Curriculum

 

Aspire Higher's curriculum is designed to help managers focus on developing the career skills necessary to effectively manager and lead People, Problems, Strategy and Processes across major areas of Leadership Development:

 

  • Moving from Doer to Leader: A Manager's Role and Responsibilities in Today’s Organization
  • Creating Vision and Thinking Strategically: Pivot from Task-oriented to Strategic
  • Communicating and Influencing: Empower and Motivate through delegating and delivering feedback
  • Developing Interpersonal Skills: Be an Emotionally Intelligent Leader

 

Each manager will begin the program by undergoing two assessments to highlight strengths and areas for growth: Communication Style Report based on the Myers-Briggs Trait Personality index and a 360˚ Feedback Survey.

Participants with the input of their managers determine three goals that align with their career Vision.

 

September 2022

From Doer to Leader: A Manger’s Role and Responsibilities 

Skills Training: Creating Vision 

 

We kickoff our training and group sessions in the areas of what managers today are facing as both challenges and opportunities in their roles, functions, and work responsibilities. What anchors us amidst the transitions? Vision and an awareness of our strengths and others we work with. 

We will explore as a cohort how to solve problems, make decisions, and respond with agility in this fast-paced and changing workplace. We will also explore how we shift mindset and practices “From Doer to Leader.”

 

 

October 2022

Thinking Strategically: Pivot from Task-oriented to Strategic

Skills Training: Thinking and behaving Strategically 

 

In a single workday, managers pivot their roles and responsibilities between working for someone, being the boss, and working at the peer level with others to have more influence. How best to navigate short term focus (your day-to-day role) with the longer-term view (organizational level)?

Developing a strategic mindset requires seeing the big picture, seeing patterns in relationships and processes, and dealing with the uncertainties and trade-offs that are part of the complexities of organizations. 

Too often due to the superficial nature of the role, managers get hung up in the weeds, details, and doing-ness of work. Thinking Strategically requires a different mindset and way of doing work. Gain impact by 1) seeing the big picture, 2) focusing on what matters at department level and level of the organization, 3) being future focused.

 

 

November and December 2022

Individual Coaching with Amy on special area of concentration.

Possible topics include:

Manage up, down, and sideways more influentially.

Execute strategy in achieving goals.

Improve performance in an existing role to position for further advancement.

Sharpen capabilities.

Boost visibility and influence.

Harness the power of others to achieve needed results.

Delegate and deliver feedback to others more effectively.

Develop authentic management and leadership skills.

Experience a fuller and more satisfying work-life experience.

 

January 2023

Communicating and Influencing: Empower and Motivate Others

Skills Training: Communicating, Influencing, Developing Others 

 

Whether you are online or in-person, the ability to communicate effectively with others is more important than ever. Communication is a core leadership function, requiring the ability to think with clarity and express ideas and information to a multitude of audiences. Effective communication is also about listening, asking questions, and aligning words and actions.

Understand the people you work with and their communication style to build your influence and get things done. How well you read others, and how quickly you pivot to bridging styles, impacts your ability to influence most effectively.

We will compare your own style for Communicating using the MBTI Report with different styles in our cohort. You will learn that your way of thinking and acting is not the only way and others think and act quiet differently from your own style. Learn how to bridge the differences and empower and influence others through what motivates them to achieve the needed results.

 

February 2023-Graduation

Be an Emotionally Intelligent Leader

Skills Training: Ability to manage yourself and others through EI (Emotional Intelligence)

 

Transitioning to a leader of people is a challenge. As you continue your leadership journey, what you do and how you accomplish things during this part of the trip will be the experience that propels you further down the leadership road. And it all starts and ends with You. For example, how well you know your strengths as they apply to your role and the strengths of others you work with in their roles.

Research shows that Emotional Intelligence is one of the most important factors in leader success, interpersonal relationships, collaboration, and mental health. Most people are under-using their Emotional Intelligence strengths. Many are unaware of areas that need a little tweaking. Increased awareness translates to better performance, less stress and increased engagement.

 

Post Graduation:

  1. Participants’ managers issued a Progress Report
  2. A follow up coaching session to ensure progress. 

 

 

 

Logistics and Dates

 

Cohorts meet virtually two times each month in September and October 2022, and January and February 2023, for both instructional skills-training and group coaching to work on real-time issues. In addition, each participant receives one individual coaching session with Amy per month.

 

November and December are bi-weekly individual coaching with Amy with special concentrations.

 

Two assessments are administered at onset of program: 360-degree feedback and MBTI Communication Style Report.

 

Dates of instructional skills-development training sessions (Fridays):

 

2022: 9/9, 10/7

2023: 1/6, 2/3

Time: 1:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. EST

 

Dates of Group Coaching Sessions (Fridays): 

 

2022:  9/23, 10/21

2023: 1/20, 2/17

Time: 1:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. EST 

 

 

 

Dates/Times for Individual Coaching sessions with Amy scheduled separately:

 

September and October 202; January and February 2023: One 45 minutes session per month.

 

November and December 2022:  Biweekly 45 minutes sessions.

 

 

 

Pricing and Registration

Pricing for six-month program includes the pre-assignment, two assessments, four skills-training classes, four group coaching sessions, eight individual coaching sessions, one post-program individual coaching session, a Manager's Progress Report, and all handouts, workbooks, and Personal Development Plans.  

 

  • The cost of the six-months program is $ 6,696.00 per participant.
  • A group discount of $ 195.00 per each additional employee enrolled in same cohort. 

 

Registration deadline is August 15th. A pre-assignment is distributed prior to cohort start date.

Full payment due at registration and prior to program start.

No refunds.                                                           

 

Registration:

To register, contact Amy directly at 832-419-0639, or email Amy@AmyLRobinson.com

 

 

 

 

Questions or to register, contact Amy directly at 832-419-0639 or Amy@AmyLRobinson.com.