www.leadership-dc.com is a site dedicated to explaining and promoted Development Center services. The site has 2 main purposes:

  • to enable clients to engage our services
  • to give HR professionals and Line of Business managers the information and tools they need to run their own Development Centers

 

The development center approach is the BEST form of development exercise that a company can invest in

 

What is a Development Centre?

 

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What are the needs?

  • Top Managers have the need to practice their skills of giving feedback and coaching
  • Middle managers have the need to have a clear development path so that they know where they need to improve
  • HR has the need to add keep its best people
  • The organisation has the duty to know who its future leaders are

Key benefits of a development center

 

  • Gives hands on experience to top managers of giving feedback, and receive  feedback in turn from facilitators
  • Top managers create a “space in time” to discuss the future of their company, and who will run it
  • Participants leave with a clear view of their future, carreeer path and development needs
  • The organisation benefits from a living breathing succession planning process

 

Benefits for the candidates

Future development plan and recommendations from experienced managers regarding these questions:

  • Where do you think I can develop further (skills)
  • What is the next logical career step for me?
  • Is there a goal / aspired target within the organisation that I can work towards?
  • What about the topic of promotion / increased responsibility?

Benefits for the observers

  • Practice key leadership skills; Coaching, Giving and receiving feedback; making suggestions, Active listening.
  • Be active in deciding the future of the company, based on helping shape the people who will eventually (potentially) run it.
  • Be involved in creating the sense of organisational development, and take back learnings into other people management situations.

Benefits for the organisation

  • Use as a source of employee motivation
  • Ensure business continuity over time. Advancement planning, succession planning, or simply having the confidence that top positions can be filled easily.
  • Send a positive message to the employment market, and could certainly act as a retainer for some people in the organization.
  • Create a platform to address & discuss corporate change initiatives.
  • Live and breathe the competency set – use as a foundation for organisational development.