Template for a 12-month Virtual Management Development Programme

Article by Ken Thompson, last updated September 2020

A hot topic with many of our clients in this post-Covid economy is whether it is possible to run major leadership/management development programmes totally virtually, with participants working from home, which are engaging, effective, energising and sustainable for extended periods?

We believe that such programmes can be highly effective and are not just vital for skills development but also to keep leaders connected to each other and the organization in these unprecedented times.

To help you imagine what a such a programme might look like for your organization we have developed a summary example programme template over a 12-month horizon:

There are 3 main streams to the programme

1. Virtual Simulations
Using virtual team-based Simulations in intensive 2-hour sessions with team preparation before  and team reflection after. We have chosen the Simulations carefully to cover 3 vital leadership/management topics – Commercial Acumen (XSIM), Change Leadership (COHORT) and Team Leadership (CREW).

2. Virtual Meetings
This is where you bring the whole cohort of learners together for 2-hour sessions covering key skills.

3. Self-Directed Learning
This is where the individuals work in 1-hour sessions on their own and with partners in self-directed learning designed in collaboration with their managers and with on-going input from a virtual coach.

There are also 3 special features built into the programme

  1. A set of practical management course books
  2. A mobile learning app to record and share skills development (SENSEI)
  3. A climax where each team develops and delivers their own custom business simulation to other colleagues in the organization using a user-friendly simulation design tool.

If you would like to find out more or get a free editable powerpoint template of the programme please get in touch.

Check out our other articles on Leadership and Management Development:

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Ken Thompson

Ken is a practitioner, author and speaker on Leadership, Collaborative Working, High Performing Teams, Change Management, Project Management and Business Acumen. His work has featured in major publications including The Guardian , Wired Magazine, The Huffington Post and The Henry Ford Magazine. Ken has also spoken at many international events including TEDx, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Learn Tech (London) and NASA.

Ken is Founder of Business Simulations Ltd.

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