The Illustra Virtual Faculty
We believe the world will be a better place if leaders and managers within global companies can regularly and easily engage in personal constructive dialogues with leading thinkers, researchers and practitioners from around the world to explore new more relevant and effective ways of achieving their business objectives.
The greatest challenges being faced by leaders and managers today are the relentless pace of change and the increasingly complexity of the environments in which they work. To succeed they need to be constantly developing and adapting their leadership styles and understandings to keep pace with the world around them. Yet at the same time the relentless pressures they are subjected to make it harder than ever for them to find the time and space they need for their own personal development.
The emergence of a solution
Increasing breadth and depth
To continue to expand the breadth and depth of the insights and understandings that can become available to our customers we have made it our mission to seek out thought leaders from around the world who have valuable contributions to make to this global leadership conversation. We collaborate with these thought leaders so that they can adapt their work to have maximum impact and provide them with the production and delivery support that will enable them to succeed in this exciting new medium.
Our design philosophy is based on an approach to learning where the focus is on the crafting of artful questions that create space for learning, exploration, experimentation and plans for practical application. Typically an Illustra workshop will consist of 20% learning content and 80% practice and reflection on the challenges of practical application. Experience has shown that in the virtual environment this style of learning provokes maximum engagement and participation.
Strategic Innovation – Dr Jules Goddard
This workshop provokes executives into exploring radical new possibilities that could result in the creation of new growth strategies, new product categories and services, game changing business models and the generation of significant new value for consumers, customers and the corporation. The program is designed to achieve the following objectives: Inspire imaginative managers to look beyond the obvious. Explore a broad range of possibilities within a given business condition. Identify significant opportunities within the existing market environment. Make informed decisions about the most promising paths to pursue to increase growth.
- The practical difference between "thinking" and "thoughting"
- Competitive Strategy – the courage to be different
- 5 levels of Innovation
- Breakthrough Thinking
- Uncommon Sense and Common Nonsense
- Leadership by "Nudging"
Effective Strategy Execution – Dr Rebecca Homkes
Shared context: A common understanding of what matters (current priorities), why they matter (link to strategy), how the pieces fit together, and how the organization is doing right now (real-time measures of progress)
Hydraulics: Processes for managing performance commitments up and down the organization, across units, and outside the firm; and renegotiating these when circumstances change
Resource allocation: Processes to ensure financial and human resources are deployed to their best use
Culture: Corporate values support performance, collaboration, and adaptation
Distributed leaders: Managers in key positions throughout the organization who ensure alignment, coordination, and adaption at the local level
Top leaders: Senior leaders ensure alignment, coordination and adaption for the company as a whole
Dr. Rebecca Homkes is currently faculty at the London Business School (LBS) and its Executive Education program, where she is also co-directing a major research initiative on executing strategy for results in turbulent markets. Rebecca has also directed the joint McKinsey & Co/ CEP Global Management Matters project since 2007. Rebecca recently co-authored an article on strategy execution that was published in the Harvard Business Review and included in HBR's 10 Must Reads for 2016.
The Trusted Executive – John Blakey
John Blakey is an executive coach and chair of the 'Tomorrow's CEO' private advisory board with Vistage International. In his business career he was a Fast Track 100 entrepreneur and international managing director of a FTSE100 organization. John has coached board level leaders around the globe as well as having worked with Olympic athletes and their coaches. He is regular conference speaker on the topics of coaching and leadership and is the co-author, with Ian Day, of the book 'Challenging Coaching'.
Leading Virtual Teams – Dr Valerio Pascotto
Closing the gap between the "what" and the "how" of engagement, ownership and motivation.
Distance, time zones, multiple reporting lines, organizational differences, cultural diversity and complex matrix structures are all part of the virtual leadership challenge.
During this workshop leaders explore how to establish a clear pathway to promoting and supporting a high performance virtual team by:
- Setting courageous goals and reflecting on the power of going beyond SMART and PRISM to connect with the heart and creativity of team members
- Increasing awareness of a high performance them mind-set and practicing a mind-set tool
- Recognizing the impact self-interferences (saboteurs) have on effectiveness
- Leveraging a trust formula to build strong virtual relationships
- Using the ladder of interpretation tool to address behaviors and attitudes critical for high performance teams
- Building an environment supportive of intrinsic motivators
- Differentiating and practicing between an inquiry based communication style and an advocacy based communication style
- Using the clarity formula to promote team commitment
- Working with the three attributes of a high performance virtual team
- Using intuition and the art of questioning
- Moving away from telling, directing and lecturing to an influencing style that generates gratitude and appreciation
Through working in teams, individual reflections and role-play simulations participants are able to practice and develop attitudes, communication skills and behaviors critical to virtual leadership. This workshop is normally tailored to enable participants to take specific and concrete steps to apply the learning to support the organizations vision and objectives and address its current challenges and opportunities
Dr Valerio Pascotto is a leading innovator in the field of live virtual coaching and virtual experiential learning. He has a Doctoral Degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University and has taught at graduate and doctoral level. Together with noted author Tim Gallwey "The Inner Game of Work" he is the founder of IGEOS®. Valerio has over twenty years experience helping individuals and corporations reach their potential and maximize their productivity. He conducts seminars and develops programs for industry in the areas of technology driven rapid change, group integration, team building, leadership, goal setting, and work effectiveness.
Leading in a Matrix – Nick Obolensky
In today's increasingly complex organizations the traditional command-and control styles of leadership are no longer appropriate. As inter-linked networks that often extend beyond the organization itself replace rigid hierarchical structures there is a need for new leadership models, skills and behaviors. This workshop enables participants to explore some of the latest breakthrough thinking in the science of leadership and learn how these can be combined with traditional models to enable more effective leadership in today's complex organizations.
Leading in times of volatility uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity
- The context within which leadership is practiced has changed far faster than we have been able to change our fundamental assumptions about what leadership is.
- The world is more connected and complex and followers more sophisticated than ever before
- The discontinuity between the unchanged assumptions of leadership and the radically changed context has many consequences not least the need to have a new and modern approach to deal with VUCA times.
Ⓒ Complex Adaptive Leadership
Complex Adaptive Leadership This workshop draws on the groundbreaking work done by Nick Obolensky in the area of Complex Adaptive Leadership; it enables leaders to gain a better understanding of the complex nature of the world in which they lead; to become comfortable with this new reality and to enhance their ability to seize the new opportunities it presents. During this workshop participants learn about the strategies and eight simple organizational principles that can be employed to help plan powerful actions that can have a disproportionate impact on the performance of complex organizations.
These principles and strategies are not designed to replace the more traditional models for leadership, but to supplement and complement them. In fact, two much older models – the Situational Leadership model and the Skill/Will model, have helped to inspire the newly researched, improved, updated and combined approach that makes up the individual component of the Complex Adaptive Leadership model. This helps participants see personal opportunities to get better results, faster for less effort.
This highly interactive workshop is designed to enable participants to work together to develop the skills and behaviors that will enable them to succeed in leading in a complex matrix environment. Through in a variety of individual and team exercises and demanding role-plays they discover how to address challenges like the conflicts that can occur within a matrix organization.
Nick Obolensky has practiced leadership in the public, private and voluntary sectors. He has also researched it, and taught it over many years in leading business schools including Nyenrode in Holland, INSEAD in France, IMD in Switzerland and LBS in the UK. In his recently widely acclaimed best-selling book "Complex Adaptive Leadership" he examines the new models of leadership that are needed in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous business environment.
Re-Imagining the Boundaries of your Business – George Gabor Burt
At a time when constant innovation is so vital to the success of every enterprise, Gabor George Burt offers leaders powerful, new insights on how to shape the future of their market space. As the creator of the Slingshot Framework, Gabor enables organizations to:
Re-imagine the boundaries of their current business.
Re-imagine the boundaries of the broader market space they occupy.
The Slingshot process empowers senior executives and their entire organization to continuously rethink and reinvent what they do. It provides the link between systematic creativity, high-impact strategic thinking and the critical imperative of staying relevant in a world driven by fiercely competitive innovation.
During this highly interactive workshop, Gabor engages participants in a provocative exploration of how to overstep self-imposed boundaries that limit the growth, impact, and relevance of their business. In this live virtual workshop, he distills the complexity of strategy formation into simple, intuitive steps that enable organizations to:
- Shape the future of their market space
- Achieve strong customer loyalty, expanded relevance and sustained growth
- Enable the systematic application of a key, underutilized resource: the collective creativity of leadership and staff
The Slingshot Framework makes use of intuitive, easy to apply concepts and tools centered around three core action drivers:
- Identifying customer 'Pain Points' and turning them into 'Points of Infatuation', thereby transforming the weakest points of their experience into the strongest.
- Continuously stretching the definition of what you do in order to discover new market spaces of expanded relevance and impact./li>
- Embracing the 'Innovation Shortcut': Instead of outright invention, you can simply unlock powerful combinations of already existing components.
Gabor George Burt is widely recognized as the global authority on re-imagining boundaries and is the creator of the Slingshot Platform which enables organizations to overstep perceived limitations and to carve out successful new growth strategies. He is actively involved in running workshops and shaping strategy for a diverse group of international clients ranging from top multinationals & governments to start-ups & NGOs. Among numerous high profile appearances, Gabor gave the opening presentation at the World Marketing Forum, and was the architect and host of the Forum for Partnership in the Americas — a gathering of business and government leaders. In media, he hosted a national radio series in the U.S., writes articles for leading business publications, and is interviewed on major television, radio and newspaper networks.
“Good teaching is one - fourth preparation and three- fourths theatre”
Gail Godwin - American author
The Learning Experience
Many people in the world of learning and development have been looking towards a future where advances in technology would enable live virtual delivery to play a more significant role in their training strategies. With its televisual approach and support for more tightly orchestrated forms of presentation and interaction the Illustra environment takes us into that brave new world. For the first time live virtual classes can provide engaging learning experiences that often go beyond what can be achieved in the traditional classroom
The Evolution Of A New Medium
A focused learning environment
More than a software platform
We believe in providing complete production support for all aspects of the learning experience. Feedback provided over thousands of hours from both users and coaches clearly shows that this the best way to provide rich engaging learning experiences in the virtual environment. An Illustra session producer and at least one technical support specialist are integral to the success of every illustra workshop. The session producer supports the coach to ensure smooth operation and tight orchestration of all aspects of the workshop; enabling coaches and trainers to concentrate on what they do best, without having to be concerned about the technology. The support specialists ensure that any technical problems encountered by individual participants are dealt with quickly and in a manner that has minimum impact on the workshop as a whole. All participants inputs into workshops and programs are captured and immediately made available as an extension of the learning experience
Maximise your investment in manager training
Effective training for executive, sales and front-line managers is about more than providing a curriculum and materials. It’s about practical implementation – implementing new ideas quickly across the organisation and reaping the benefits of training spend in the shortest possible time. Illustra works with a proven methodology based on the dynamics of virtual teams, designed to enhance engagement and practical deployment of new skills, enabling our customers to increase the effectiveness of their training investment.
The best virtual training workshops in the world for business managers
It’s a big claim, but many of our customers would agree. Running effective virtual training sessions – live, face-to-face events of ten to seventy people, across several hours and even days – requires highly engaging and motivating content, and behind-the-scenes management that runs like clockwork. We’ve been delivering programmes of virtual events for ten years to some of the greatest companies in the world in a purpose-built environment which keeps participants engaged, and allows subject matter experts to focus entirely on their audience. Our goal, which we achieve in most of our programmes, is to exceed the satisfaction scores of ‘in person’ versions of the same events, enhancing the effectiveness and dramatically decreasing the cost of top-quality training.
The best in business thinking
Illustra’s coaching team includes top business academics from around the world. We work with over thirty coaches, specialising in an immense range of business disciplines and expert in working with virtual technologies. Together we work with our customers to design and deliver programmes to meet the training needs of their individual organisation or business unit – programmes that really make a difference.
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To find out more about how we can help your organization increase the effectiveness of its manager training, please contact us today.
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