It seems that the future is even more uncertain, what with Brexit and the prospect of Artificial Intelligence and the impact that might have on our workforce. And that's without the "here and now" issues to deal with: should we be doing annual appraisals or are they old hat, what is it that millennials want, how are we going to find, and retain, the talent we need?
The pressure is on to retain good employees; we need to make sure managers are equipped to deal with changes in front of them as well as those looming ahead. Everyone knows that employees don't leave a company, they leave a "bad" manager but we believe there is no such thing, or at least just a tiny minority. In our experience in developing management capability much can be done to build confidence and practical action from sharing tactics to helping people stand back and view situations with a different lens.
Now is the time to make sure managers have 2020 vision, and preferably 2030 and beyond.; make sure they have the right skills to coach rather than direct, the emotional intelligence to get the best out of others, to recognise unconscious bias, and to be aware of what millennials want and make decisions about what can be offered. We need to make sure that they have the skills to use digital communication and learning effectively, wisely, without have to be SoMe addicts. (That's social media we're talking about).
Our Shaping Future Leaders programme takes the very best of the leadership principles that we know to be true, no fads, and then adds in contemporary issues like how to ditch unconscious bias, how to get up to date with easy ideas to harness technology and SoMe, and finally to get unfrozen ready for change, and helping everyone else through change.
If Artificial Intelligence really does have a big impact. sooner rather than later, then we need our future managers to be upskilled and ready.