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Fast-Track Leadership Programme – Help!


Hi there
We are an international organisation employing 3000+ people. A key component of our evolution activities is to introduce a Fast-Track Leadership Development programme, this will be aimed at all employees who meet certain criteria (criteria yet to be decided and agreed).

I am conducting some research and have some ideas around suitability and assessment criteria, ability testing etc etc, but would welcome any advice, success stories, things to avoid, in fact anything that you feel would help me move this forward from your own experiences.

This is a (very exciting) first for me and I am scheduled to present my first draft at the end of next week.
Thanks in anticipation.

Gail Crowther

6 Responses

  1. Leadership Development
    Hi Gail,

    I desgingned and sourced an 8 month 1st line management development programme back in ’07 which has proved to be rather successful (we are now into the second year of the programme). Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] if you would like to discuss this further.

    Kind Regards,
    Karl Joseph

  2. Spelling Mistakes
    Apologies for the spelling mistakes below (I’m in a bit of a hurry).


  3. Engagement & Ownership
    Hi Gail

    I run various programmes like this with my corporate clients and I think a couple of the keys are:

    1. It will be important to engage employees and make sure they buy into the programme and understand its benefits. I’m glad to hear you’re doing some research and perhaps you are including in this some interviews or focus groups to gauge what kind of help might be appreciated.

    2. The Leadership Programme (probably not surprisingly) has to start with the Directors. Although this sounds obvious, you may be surprised how common it is for Board management to make decisions to train their Managers, but the example really has to feed down from the top so that it demonstrably becomes part of company culture.

    3. I’ve found a blend of seminars and 1-2-1 coaching to be a good mix as people need to carry through the learning they get from the seminar programme into their daily routine if benefits are really to be reaped.

    Good luck with the programme. I hope these few pointers help and if I can be of any further help, I can be reached on [email protected]

    Warm Wishes

    Annie Lawler

  4. Fast-track Leadership
    Hi Gail,

    Interesting and exciting indeed! But opens you up to exposure if it doesn’t quite go according to plan! Scary!

    I’d support the guys who have already commented – and add the following:

    1. Start with the end in mind. What skills, attitudes, knowledge or behaviours do they need to display at the END of the programme?

    2. How will you measure these?

    3. Once you have determined the measures you will use at the end of the programme, use these to measure them today.(You’ve just done a gap analysis)

    4. Break down the gap analysis into ‘hard’ skills (learning how to use MS excel, internal processes, systems, etc) and ‘soft’ or behavioural skills (influincing, negotiation, communiction, etc).

    5. Consider using a blended approach. Remote/e-learning for knowledge gain (facts, figures, systems, methodologies, etc) and face 2 face for skill development – practice putting the knowledge into effect via role-play, simulations, etc)

    I’ve just completed this same exercise for a global blue-chip (3,500 strong). If you’d like any further help, drop me a line.


    Steve Brand
    [email protected]

  5. Leadership programme
    Hi Gail, Sounds like a steep learning curve in some areas! I would concur with the comments below particularly making it blended. One thing to consider is making sure having identified those to fast track that those left behind are catered for in rerspect of development. You need to consider 360 appraisal ( again having agreed areas to measure) coaching mentoring and work placed assessment/development plans,etc. Are you doing it in-house? Independence can be a big issue particularly when conducting selection procedures.We are currently running a programme in an organisation with 3000 employees. If I can be of any assistance please ring/e-mail [email protected]

  6. Leadership Development Models
    Hi Gail,

    I have extensive experience in running leadership development programmes using the Bar-On Emotional Intelligence Model called (EQi).

    They are incredibly effective and I can give you tons of feedback on the success of using this model and any advice you need to help you get the most out of your chosen programme.

    Feel free to drop me an E-Mail and I will be happy to put aside some time to chat through my experiences with you.

    Look forward to hearing from you.



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