Executive/Organizational Leadership – Dental
MANAGING HUMAN CAPITAL
People are the most valuable asset of any business, but they are also the most unpredictable, and the most difficult asset to manage. And although managing people well is critical to the health of any organization, most managers don't get the training they need to make good management decisions. The RII has designed this course to introduce you to the key elements of managing people. Based on a popular course at Wharton, this course will teach you how to motivate individual performance and design reward systems, how to design jobs and organize work for high performance, how to make good and timely management decisions, and how to design and change your organization’s architecture. By the end of this course, you'll have developed the skills you need to start motivating, organizing, and rewarding people in your organization so that you can thrive as a business and as a social organization.
- Motivation and Reward
- Tasks, Jobs and System at work
- Making Good Timely Management Decisions
- Designing and Changing the Organizational Architecture
Each component of the premise is important:
You must bring the appropriate people together – the collaboration must be broadly inclusive
You must bring people together in constructive ways – design the process so that it can deal with different understandings of the issues, varying degrees of trust, and so that the process encourages people to work together
Good information is critical to good decision-making – Involve experts in the process as informers, rather than drivers of the process
The traditional concept of leadership is that of the heroic leader – they have a vision, they assert it, they persuade us, and they gain followers. Collaborative leadership turns that concept upside down simply by saying that if we bring good people together in constructive ways, we will be able to make conscious, inclusive decisions.
We need to remember that how we decide is as important as what we decide. We often choose to focus on a solution rather than a process that brings us to a solution. Collaboration is more than a tool in a toolbox. When collaboration works, it reproduces and builds the characteristics of civic community, allowing us to deal with future issues in constructive ways. Collaboration builds social capital. Collaboration is the new leadership.
Vision Mission Values
Defining clear vision, mission, and value statements creates a climate of focus and direction for an organisation. Developing and communicating these statements in a team environment increases buy-in and helps align individual performance with strategic goals.
Strategic planning used to be about identifying key activities that would successfully help the organisation survive from year to year. Today, strategic planning is about challenging the way things are done, the way the organisation operates, and sparking a revolution within the organisation to become what it may not be today. Strategic planning is more than just a list of short term goals and activities. It is about aligning short term objectives to achieve long-term success.
It’s often said that people join companies and leave managers. Poor leaders are often cited as the number one reason that people change companies. All managers can impact motivation by understanding the differences between maintenance and motivation, using tangible and intangible rewards, and focusing on appealing to a sense of belonging and importance.
Ethical leadership requires a consistency of behavior and attitude that can be challenged each day. Ethical leaders have boundaries within which to operate. They serve as role models to others inside of the organisation, and outside of the organisation, as to what behavior is acceptable.
The tangible and intangible costs of employee turnover have a direct impact on the bottom line and on customer retention and loyalty. As a manager, you need to be able to assess the loyalty level of current employees, recognize the signs and impact of burn out, and be proactive in keeping employees loyal and engaged.
By strengthening leadership communication, you become a more effective leader. You are better able to get your message across, make a positive leadership impression, and let colleagues know that you are always ready to listen.
A critical role for managers is the ability to manage conflicts between associates, with subordinates or peers. Managers need to be able to listen empathetically, ask the right questions, evaluate the people involved, and determine the right level of intervention and the best approaches to resolve conflict.
Delegation (rather than dumping) can be used to develop people or to achieve specific organisational outcomes. Identifying who is ready for delegation and using a collaborative process clarifies the level of control needed to affix accountability.
When unemployment ratios are high, numerous highly qualified individuals must compete for jobs alongside eager recent graduates and experienced retirees returning to the workforce. When unemployment is low, attracting the best of the best is equally difficult and important.
Planning and delivering an effective new employee orientation is a win-win opportunity. In addition to reducing start-up costs, it provides a warm welcome to integrate new employees into the organisation’s culture and improves employee loyalty and retention.
Leadership Succession Planning
This involves at least four distinct areas of leadership preparation and effort: replacement planning, talent management, succession planning, and succession management. Leaders need to examine each of these responsibilities, outline the organisational issues that must be addressed in each area, and create a succession plan.
Mentoring is a powerful approach by which one person, with relevant experience, helps another person, with lesser experience, to do their job more effectively and progress in their career. While mentoring is often provided in an informal manner, organisations are recognizing the power of establishing a formal approach to mentoring to help emerging talent gain a solid foothold in the organisation.