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An innovative frontline management course that really works

About FASTLEAD

Accelerated training for frontline management

Growing Frontline leadersThe FASTLEAD program is proven to rapidly develop the leadership capability of frontline management.  Participants will graduate from the program better equipped to overcome the challenges of frontline leadership.  They will develop the essential skills and knowledge to enable them to lead their teams to sustained, elevated business results.

FASTLEAD graduates will:

  • become more confident, calmer, better-organised and more effective people leaders;
  • develop their ability to set stretch performance expectations and their skills in leading the team to deliver on these goals through proactive development and staged delegation;
  • become confident in dealing with conflicts, be willing to embrace difficult conversations in a timely manner, and be skilful in creating a dynamic, positive, and collaborative work environment.

Clients tell us they like FASTLEAD because it works. Emerging leaders increase confidence, capability, motivation and performance and then get promoted.  They tell us that FASTLEAD is flexible, is inexpensive, is easy and fast to deploy,  does not require participants to be away from their teams for long periods (only two hours in small group coaching sessions), and has many connections back to the participants’ managers which include development resources for those managers. Participants are also supported 24x7 via website resources and forums.

FASTLEAD – is a smarter, less expensive way to successfully develop emerging leaders and frontline management.


Who is the program for, and how does it work?

(a) The program is for frontline management and ‘emerging’ leaders

There are many definitions of frontline managers and emerging leaders. Typically, they are well performing team members who are:

  • About to lead a team of individual contributors (become a team leader); or
  • Are transitioning into leading a team; or
  • Have recently transitioned into leading a team.

In each of these cases, they now need support to develop their management and leadership skills.

FASTLEAD offers accelerated, personalised development of leadership skills specifically for this group.

(b) The hardest transition offers a good business case

The transition to first time leader is usually the most challenging leadership transition anyone faces in their career. Support provided to emerging leaders at this critical time is highly valued by the participants, is very effective, and provides long term return on investment for the organisation.

Well developed emerging leaders:

  • Get good at leading, and consequently lead their teams to sustainable high performance;
  • Become strong advocates for the organisation, and have high engagement;
  • Stay with the organisation, and develop successors.

(c) What is small group coaching?

Most organisations invest in emerging leader programs for hi-potential employees or new managers. These are often a combination of workshops and mentoring activities spread over a 12 to 18 month period. While effective, in most organisations we work with, places on these programs are limited, and waiting lists are long.

FASTLEAD is designed around the concept of small group coaching. With small group coaching the learning takes place over either 3 or 6 months in mini-workshops, consisting of only three participants. Each “session” lasts only two hours.

Like regular workshops, each coaching group has a content piece (that runs for 30 minutes), and then, while all the participants stay in the room, the FASTLEAD coach provides individual coaching to each participant.

This makes the learning highly personalised and practical. Participants practice the new skills and ideas they have between coaching sessions.

(d) Small group, big talk

Since issues and challenges being discussed are very often common to all participants in the coaching group, the other participants are highly engaged while another participant is being coached. They learn by listening, and also experiencing a professional coach in action.

FASTLEAD coaching groups are highly interactive sessions, with every participant having plenty to say and contribute, and with the highly experienced coach helping the group explore practical management and leadership tactics and skills that work best.

To download a detailed Fact Sheet about FASTLEAD, click here.


The BENEFITS of FAST
LEAD in summary

1. Fast to deploy

FASTLEAD can be deployed within a fortnight. Because it deals with small groups, we can start one Fastlead “Pod” or many, whichever is your requirement. This enables you to group three new frontline managers together into a pod, and get their management training underway immediately.

2. Very inexpensive

FASTLEAD can be deployed for less than A$70 per participant a week. This is half the cost of customised frontline management programs, and about the same price as Cert IV programs (but with twice the contact time). We have designed FASTLEAD to be the best value in the market, and the most effective.

3. Inexpensive, but quality is very high

FASTLEAD coaches are fully accredited and vastly experienced, and as you will see from the feedback we get from the participants, very highly rated by frontline managers. The content and design of the program has been developed after many years of training frontline management and emerging leaders.

4. Very Personal

FASTLEAD feels personal for frontline managers because they can choose the topics covered, they get one-to-one attention in every session, and they feel part of a small but supportive group. This means they get the most out of the training, and your organisation gets the most out of its investment.

5. Flexible

Our many clients use FASTLEAD in many ways. Some have replaced entire frontline management programs with FASTLEAD, and are running 15 to 20 pods at one time. Other clients simply use FASTLEAD tactically, one pod at a time as three participants are identified. It can be delivered fact-to-face, or virtually.

6. It works, and it’s guaranteed

Feedback from clients, participants, and their managers has been consistently outstanding. So much so, that we are happy to offer a money back guarantee for the first pod. You have absolutely nothing to lose by piloting FASTLEAD today.

To download our latest research on the Challenges of First Time Leaders, click here.

 

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