Leading in a connected world – driving results through informal networks – Workshop

The event will be held in Trinity House, Trinity Square, Tower Hill, London EC3N 4DH on 17 June 2009

Increasingly, businesses must drive performance and innovation by managing collaboration within and across functional, hierarchical, geographical and corporate boundaries, and thus managing connectivity as a critical resource in their organisations.

Who was it for?
OD/L&D Directors, organisational design specialists, employee engagement specialists, others with responsibility for strategic development in collaboration, performance improvement and innovation.
Outline
Increasingly, businesses must drive performance and innovation by managing collaboration within and across functional, hierarchical, geographical and corporate boundaries, and thus managing connectivity as a critical resource in their organisations.
Content & Outcomes
Drawing from a number of high profile examples, this workshop was highly participative.
Why 'networks now' and network interpretation: setting the scene, using caseexamples to exemplify the performance and innovation benefits that organisations can achieve when using a network perspective.Driving performance through effective individual networks: how to build high performing networks - bigger isn't always better!Managing personal connectivity: looking at three dimensions - behavioural, relational and structural. What distinguishes high performers and what are the six common traps that rising stars may fall into.Applying the individual results to workforce productivity: how do you replicate high performer networks and rapidly onboard those at the periphery, whilst avoiding knowledge loss and network disruption.Energising networks: case example of the substantial performance and innovation that occurs when leaders are able to assess - and then improve - energy and enthusiasm in interactions throughout a network.Leader Profile
Rob Cross - University of Virginia
Rob Cross is a professor of management at the University of Virginia and Research Director of The Network Roundtable, a consortium of 75 organisations sponsoring research on network applications to critical management issues. His research focuses on how relationships and informal networks in organisations can be analysed and improved, to promote competitive advantage, innovation, customer retention and profitability, leadership effectiveness, talent management and quality of work life.
Rob has worked directly with more than 200 strategically important networks across over 120 well-known organisations.