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What if now is exactly the time to teach your leaders how to manage an uncertain future? That is the thought our client, Bohler, had when they decided to forge forward with a program ironically designed to prepare new and aspiring leaders how to manage their teams through ambiguity.
Just as she received direction to cancel all in-person learning programs due to the spread of COVID-19, Allyson Hernandez, Director, Learning & Development at Bohler, was faced with a challenging decision: Do we postpone the program to a later unknown date or do we redesign it to be virtual?
There’s nothing quite like in-person interaction, we discussed. However, the purpose of this program was to develop the company’s future leaders, and the current crisis was the perfect platform to test their agility. They turned to the Bohler way values to guide them. According to Allyson, the decision was clear: “Working with our senior leaders, we focused in on one main question: How can we continue to develop our leaders, especially in this time of need, while keeping them safe? The answer… a 100% virtual RISE session.”
The decision proved to be a good one, as the 17 leaders from 13 Bohler locations fully engaged over the 2 days of remote learning. The design of the program was modified to address the real-life challenges they were facing in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The participants were given an opportunity to learn, share and discuss ideas to keep their teams engaged, aligned, and productive. In addition, they made a positive impact outside of their firm by donating Bohler funds to several charitable causes in the communities in which they work.
The result was that the participants’ spirits were uplifted, their values were prioritized on what was most important, and their commitment to pay the learning forward to their teams was solidified. “There’s something to be said about the sense of community. This group of RISERs is a community. Through the program, they found connection and community experience. The exercise about giving back to the community through charitable donation gave them peace in a time of chaos. The fact that we made the bold decision to move forward reinforced that we made an investment in this group of future leaders. I think they were truly humbled by that,” Allyson recounts. As one participant echoed, “It was the pick me up that I needed. It reminded me that we are a community and we are all in this together.”
InspiraWork is here to help your team manage through uncertain times so we all come out of this better than before. Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a collaborative virtual program to help your team lead better together across any distance. You can also register for our complimentary interactive virtual chat, Leading Teams,Tuesday 4/7, 3pm ET by clicking here.