Back2Better Webinar: The Future of Leadership and Team Development with Michael Watkins


The COVID-19 crisis has accelerated the adoption of new virtual ways of developing leaders and teams (and ways of working more generally). While we will never go back to the pre-crisis status quo, essential elements of best development experiences will return to face-to-face (F2F) as soon as it is safe to do so. It’s imperative to start now to anticipate how the best blended leader and team development experiences will be designed and delivered after the crisis.

The starting point is to identify the business impacts you aspire to achieve, focusing first on dimensions that can only be achieved through face-to-face (F2F) interactions — collaboration, innovation, acculturation, and dedication. The next step is to design powerfully immersive in-person experiences prioritizing key drivers: purposeful focus, interpersonal bonding, deep learning, unencumbered experimentation, and structured serendipity. Only when you have designed these “anchor” F2F experiences can you develop the supporting virtual elements to create powerful blended development experiences.

Join leadership transitions expert and Thinkers50 influencer Michael Watkins in exploring the future of leadership development as he presents the findings of research and practice on the relative strengths and weaknesses of face-to-face and virtual elements and their integration. In the process, learn about a tool – the Immersive Design Matrix – that you can employ to design the most powerful development experiences. 

Watkins is professor of leadership and organizational change at IMD, and co-founder and chair of Genesis Advisers. He is a former professor at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Harvard Business School, and INSEAD.

Dr. Watkins is author of the international bestseller The First 90 Days, Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, which The Economist recognized as “the on-boarding bible.” With more than 1,000,000 copies sold in English, and translations in 24 languages, The First 90 Days has become the classic reference for leaders in transition and a standard resource of leading change. In 2011, it was named one of the best 100 business books of all time 800-CEO-Read. Amazon declared it “one of the 100 best leadership & success books to read in your lifetime.”

Back2Better Webinar: The Future of Leadership and Team Development with Michael Watkins

About Back2Better

We are excited to partner up with Executive Networks to bring an exclusive collection of new resources for navigating change through the Back2Better webinar series, which includes 50 Webinars in 50 Weeks. The series officially kicked off in September 2020 and focuses on real-time actionable insights from the world’s top business leaders, academics, and HR thought leaders that help organizations adapt and evolve to the new future of work.

A catalyst for deeper exploration of the world of work, Back2Better is a platform for community knowledge-sharing that will help prepare forward-thinking organizations and their leaders to evolve and grow in the months to come. Through informative webinars delivered over the course of 50 weeks, this program covers timely topics selected moment to moment through a process informed by Executive Network member surveys, research from the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard, and insights from an esteemed advisory board. This is your opportunity to explore how you can adapt to the future of HR post-COVID with leading business professionals from Harvard, NYU, Amazon, and other top institutions and organizations.

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