The Future of Leadership Development is Now

All year long, I work with organizations, small groups, and individuals to identify their strengths and values, to forge cross-cultural connections, and to expand their conversational intelligence. So why is taking this work from the conference room to an online platform so exciting and so valuable? 

It’s all about access. Not only do online learning programs provide more people access to new knowledge and a larger peer community but the participants themselves will have a profoundly more diverse and nuanced access to intersectional perspectives, leading to a richer experience for everyone.

More Access

When we open up valuable communication and relational skills education to the global online audience, this has a powerful and palpable effect on the impact of organizations on that same global scale. Getting more people “in the room” is a key part of cultivating a new generation of leaders to tackle the daunting socioeconomic, cultural, and environmental issues we will continue to face in the coming decades.

This critical need was outlined with urgency “Educating the Next Generation of Leaders” in Harvard Business Review (March-April 2019):

“Chief learning officers find that traditional programs no longer adequately prepare executives for the challenges they face today and those they will face tomorrow. Companies are seeking the communicative, interpretive, affective, and perceptual skills needed to lead coherent, proactive collaboration.”

Understanding our own personal strengths & valuescultural competence, and conversational intelligence are universal requirements for the modern leader.  Our online courses offer the same opportunity of access regardless of geography, with more flexibility in scheduling and at a more accessible price point. No longer limited to local offerings, now is the time to access your maximum potential through online leadership development programs.

Deeper and Diversified Access

When everyone in the (digital) room speaks from a different geography, a different identity, and a different history, everyone in the room benefits from this wealth of experiences and ideas. These different perspectives from a broader demographic of participants will shed light on the many facets of complex issues, creating space for a more robust learning environment and for a more expansive understanding.

A recent article bluntly asked “Is there still anyone out there who doesn’t think that workplace diversity is a good thing?” before acknowledging the fact that wanting diversity and actually achieving it are two incredibly different things. Online programs are one place that diversity is an inherent and affirmative byproduct of the greater access I’ve already highlighted.

“As the experiences of Harvard’s HBX and McKinsey’s Academy series have shown, learning happens best when learners collaborate and help one another. Knowledge—both “know-what” and “know-how”—is social in nature.” — “Educating the Next Generation of Leaders“, Harvard Business Review (March-April 2019)

When we bring together people across the spectrum of race, gender, religion, socioeconomic backgrounds, cultural identities, political views, sexual orientations, and abilities, we are bringing together a broader understanding of the issues we are exploring and a deeper pool of ideas, solutions, and critique. Participants are challenged to change perspectives, question their preconceived ideas, and grow in a supportive, action-driven environment. This richer, diversified learning environment is compelling and provocative for every participant — and for me, too!

Access You Need to Succeed in Today’s World

My work is a natural fit for distance learning. While many think of online courses as a technical forum — you can learn how to build a slide deck, how to do your taxes, or how to bake the perfect quiche online via a quick online search — webcasts, small group virtual communities, and multimedia platforms are ideal hubs for sharing and extrapolating abstract concepts while fostering collaboration, divergent thinking, and accountability.

I’ve workshopped all of the topics we cover through Vista Leadership Institute (VLI) in person. These topics are 21st-century leadership skills. These are the topics that people need, to be successful in the 21st-century workplace and in their life. Technical “hard” skills require constant learning because technology and process are constantly changing. However, leaders also need to commit to an ongoing development of the “soft” skills that will empower them to react, shift, communicate, and lead their organizations through cultural, social, and technological transitions.

By taking advantage of the interactive capabilities of technology today, VLI can share our expertise, personalize our work in real time, and also create real connections thanks to our online community (Core and Mastermind programs) and our small groups (Mastermind).

“Cohorts are critical. Even with virtual work, a top success factor is a well-rounded, diverse cohort that helps people feel engaged.” – Samantha Hammock, Chief Learning Officer, American Express

Conversations through our online community and peer group calls will foster collaboration, divergent thinking and accountability.engagement and relational and personal responsibility. We’re in this together, even thousands of miles apart.

I can easily list a dozen ways that technology and constant contact frustrate me but the global access and authentic connection that online learning provides is undeniable and astonishing. I’m really excited to connect with so many of you through our Core and Mastermind programs. We are now accepting applications! Visit our Programs page to learn more and to apply.

Interested in learning more about Vista Leadership Institute and experience online learning for yourself? Our free 30-minute webcasts and live chats will tackle specific skills that leaders in today’s rapidly changing world must develop while also providing a unique insider look at my work and coaching style.

Personal Strengths & Values
Wed, Aug 7, 2019
12:30 – 1:00 PM CDT

To build a life and career with purpose that leverages your talents and skills, aligning with your values, you must first take the time to cultivate a deep understanding of yourself. Learn how to ask and answer vital questions —What is important to you? What do you stand for? — for a powerful starting point for the next stage of your leadership journey.

Cultural Competence Across Borders
Wed, Aug 14, 2019
12:30 – 1:00 PM CDT

Cultural competence is a learning journey on a continuum from cultural destruction to cultural proficiency. The exploration begins with understanding ourselves and our own cultural identity — Who am I? How do the ways I identify myself influence how I interact with others in the workplace?

Conversational Intelligence (C-IQ)
Wed, Aug 21, 2019
12:30 – 1:00 PM CDT

Learn how to use conversation to reach your next level of greatness in your career. Conversation Intelligence is an awareness of how different parts of our brain work and using this knowledge to move from fear to transformation.