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Congratulations to our Spring 2012-2013 leadership program graduates!  They are:

  • www.ellisonpartners.comCarmen Sirizzotti, Director of Strategic Staffing and Compensation at University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Cathy Spicka, Vice President of Accounting at DEI Communities
  • Crystal Thompson, Production Planning Manager Epsen Hillmer Graphics
  • Kari Heunink, Compliance/SBA Officer, Washington County Bank
  • Mike Arkfeld, Vice President of Operations at Titan Medical Group

We are proud of your leadership, your hard work and most of all we are proud of the business results you have achieved.  Read More!

Contact us today for a no-obligation, no pressure conversation about your leadership development needs and whether our program is right for you.  402.884.7300.

Nikki Ellison is a business advisor, master-certified executive coach, and founder of Ellison Partners.  Through effective leadership coaching, proprietary skill acceleration programs and assessments, Ellison Partners helps individuals and business leaders achieve results.

2013 ©Nikki Ellison

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Wow!  That’s all I could think when this morning at 11:00, I had the extraordinary privilege of facilitating the final class and graduation ceremony of Kearney’s first ever Leadership Acceleration Program cohort. It has been an amazing year with these three very smart and extremely busy pioneers in the Kearney program.

The cohort included Farrell Calcaterra from Baldwin Filters, Peggy Dobish from Kearney Clinic, and Jennie Nollette from the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce. These folks made a powerful investment in their future as what we call “prodigious” leaders. I love that word, look it up! Synonyms include wonderful, marvelous, stupendous and exceptional, and each of them is all of that!

Once a month for four hours, the cohort gathered to learn skills and behaviors that exemplify the finest traits of leadership. The curriculum they chose was based on the topics they agreed would give each of them the maximum benefit in their workplace. With 70 such curriculum units to choose from, deciding on the 12 most powerful for them was one of the first of many collaborative actions in the group’s twelve month journey.

The best thing about learning in this manner is that after each session, “homework” was simply a matter of “test driving” their newly learned tool or technique in their day-to-day activities at work. No time or effort was spent on fluffy strategy and theory instead, real-life, rubber-hits-the-road methods were shared and then practiced upon return to their office. Each cohort subsequently reflected on how it was working for them and “tweaked” what they learned until the next month. By then, the new habit had been implemented and taken root in their daily routine.

Each lesson added another layer of learning to the previous one until today, as we reflected over what we had learned during the past year, we fully realized that each session was completely intertwined with the rest; inseparable and vital to the whole. Together it all created a perfect “tapestry” of leadership components, strong and beautiful.

The Leadership Acceleration Program is unique because it is the only non-academic curriculum of its type that qualifies for three Master’s level hours at any accredited college AND the only one designed with metrics that can demonstrate real measurable results in areas of both confidence and competence. For more information, contact Ellison Partners at 402.884.7300. Classes are forming now and size is strictly limited.

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Return on Investment, otherwise known as ROI, is calculated on most business investments.  For money invested in training and development programs, ROI is measured by how well the participants apply the newly learned skilled.  Or is it?  Disappointingly few skills are actually implemented on the job and business results achieved as a result of applying those new skills are lacking.  Worse, effective leadership skills are among them.

Asleep at DeskBersin & Associates research found nearly 75% of all leadership teams fail to achieve business goals.  I cannot help but think about the sinking feeling you get when you realize your leadership team didn’t hit their business goals. It’s one we’ve all felt at times but successful leaders understand that to remain competitive they cannot afford to fail in achieving business goals.

The good news is that the Bersin research proves organizations have signficant opportunities to improve their bottom lines by developing leaders with the ability to act on their organizations’ business goals.  In fact, Bersin asserts the business case can be made for effective leadership training by citing research showing that good leaders can double profits.

So what can you do to ensure that your employees apply the skills they learn in training?

It’s really fairly simple when you think about it.  Start measuring the ROI on your training dollars spent.   If you aren’t measuring your ROI on training,  you’re risking ineffective training and employees who miss their business goals when they fail to carry out the skills learned.   I can’t help but wonder why any leader would tolerate this?www.ellisonpartners.com/leap.php

A colleague of mine, Andrew Neitlich, posed a key question to leaders he coaches: “What are you tolerating in your leadership role that is costing your team and organization revenues, profits, productivity, employee morale, and/or customer loyalty?”  Neitlich, Founder and Director of the Center for Executive Coaching, noted that ‘In life as in business, you get what you tolerate’.    He challenges leaders to control what they tolerate and what they don’t and to set the tone by chosing one thing you are going to stop tolerating in your organization and to take action today.

Smart leaders are chosing to stop tolerating another dollar being spent on training programs without a direct way to ensure skills learned are applied on the job and in their companies.  They’re taking action to ensure training ROI is achieved by insisting the training programs they invest in:

  • Show how they support the application of the newly learned skills on the job; and,
  •  Prove the link between the training and improved business outcomes as a result of applying new skills.

Nikki Ellison is a business advisor, executive coach and founder of Ellison Partners. Through effective leadership coaching, proprietary skill acceleration programs and assessments, Ellison Partners helps businesses and their leaders achieve results.

© Nikki Ellison, 2013.

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