- Where development activities do exist, they are often delivered ineffectively, and aren’t engaging to learners. This leads to decreased learning retention and application, and represents a waste of valuable resources.
- Due to a lack of investment and attention, FTM development often comes in the form of self-help. FTMs receive little support in the transition into leadership, hindering them in future leadership roles.
- Empower your organization’s future leaders. FTM development is a vital first step in priming employees to become leaders. Teach them to do things right now, so that they can do the right things later in the leadership lifecycle.
- It is up to HR to acknowledge the elephant in the room: FTMs may not know anything about people management and development. Reassure them that ongoing development and support will get them there.
- FTM development should not fall solely on HR as there are equally important roles to be played by direct managers and the FTMs themselves. It is HR’s responsibility to guide an FTM’s transition by setting expectations and connecting them with resources. Effective development requires shared accountability.
- When planning manager development, we tend to only think about formal training. Move beyond a do's and don’ts training deck to create a robust FTM development program, modeled after onboarding programs, that emphasizes continued development.
Impact and Result
- Outlining expectations and including various stakeholders in FTM development, not just the FTM themselves, creates a culture of support and development that sets new leaders on the path to success and drives organizational outcomes.
- Identify and address critical knowledge and competencies that your FTMs should be well versed in, to ensure their path to leadership begins on the right foot.
- Create an ongoing development program that engages learners and sustains and reinforces key concepts for demonstrated results.
Workshop: Enable the Transition to Leadership for First-Time Managers
Workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost onsite delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.
Module 1: Define FTM Expectations, Audit Current Development Initiatives, and Identify Future Opportunities
- Determine expectations across FTM components.
- Assess current practices for effectiveness.
- Determine metrics for driving FTM program success.
Key Benefits Achieved
- FTM expectations determined and current initiatives evaluated.
- FTM program objectives and metrics set.
Determine FTM expectations.
- Established organizational expectations for all FTMs
Identify existing FTM development initiatives in your organization.
- Created an inventory of existing development initiatives
Generate insights from qualitative and quantitative data collected.
- Analyzed data to identify gaps and set goals
Set program metrics.
- Determine high-level program objectives with corresponding success metrics
Module 2: Design Your FTM Development Program
- Create an action plan and allocate resources for the new FTM program design.
- Determine a roll-out plan for the FTM program.
- Assess potential benefits and hurdles to implementation.
Key Benefits Achieved
- FTM program plan mapped out.
- Program implementation plan designed.
Assess whether FTM expectations are being met.
- Determined whether expectations are being met or not
Determine whether to stop, start, or continue development initiatives.
- Analyzed existing development initiatives
Plan out training logistics.
- Allocated FTM development initiative resources
Create an FTM learning path.
- Established an FTM learning path using a blended approach, and assigned accountabilities
Assign learning path accountabilities.
- Allocated FTM learning path resources
Evaluate and finalize program rollout method.
- Devised a program rollout plan