By Margery Weinstein
As companies grow and scale to maximize market opportunities, they need to increase their leadership pipeline to ensure a ready and able succession bench. And with workforces more global and dispersed, companies need to reach and connect with leaders more frequently in a cost- and time-effective way. One way they can do this is via communications and training solutions such as Web conferencing, says Angela Arvizu Szymusiak, senior learning consultant, Adobe Systems Incorporated. The key, she says, is knowing how to maximize use of your Web conferencing tool.
To build a leadership pipeline to engage and develop high-performing and high-potential senior managers for larger roles, a blended learning approach that leverages Web conferencing can be powerful and effective, says Arvizu Szymusiak. It can include, for example, assessment, online training, and manager involvement, as well as synchronous virtual instruction with speakers and participants located across the country and around the globe. For Adobe, leadership development is aided by its enterprise Web conferencing solution, Adobe Connect.
During live sessions, participants can ask questions of speakers and collaborate more deeply in online breakout rooms. A leadership program that properly realizes the potential of technology can be a game changer, says Arvizu Szymusiak. “We’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg here, but a blended approach, such as what I’ve touched on, can be crucial for building the capabilities of your current and future leaders.” Arvizu Szymusiak shares Adobe’s top tips for using your Web conferencing tool for leadership development:
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