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Tell me a little bit about this program.
Our leadership and development programs are designed exclusively for the life sciences and customized to meet your specific challenges and goals. From The Laboratory To Leadership: 25th Anniversary Edition, turns science minded managers into capable business leaders. That means they’ll get the core management skills they need to fully leverage your company’s human capital. For a complete program description and syllabus, click here.
Who should participate in this program?
The program is designed for science-minded, first-time managers, as well as, managers seeking to expand their management skills. While the majority of participants are scientists who have been promoted to a management or team leader position, the program also supports the development of those who serve in other management roles in a life science company, whether that is in a quality, manufacturing, regulatory, clinical or administrative function. The program is also an excellent way to develop high potential, individual contributors, whom you are readying for promotion.
What’s included in this program?
The life science industry is fast-paced and ever-changing. Building off of 25 years of success with over 5,500 graduates from over 500 life science companies, we designed our From the Laboratory to Leadership: 25th Anniversary Edition to help turn science-minded, first-time managers, as well as managers seeking to expand their management skills, into capable business leaders. Our program has been built from the ground up to include the following:
- We developed a look and feel to the program, from the binder design featuring art based upon the science being conducted in some of the most prestigious labs in the country, to the user friendly layout of the content, making it easy to instantly access the most critical concepts in the program.
- The program includes updated content from the original program that remains relevant to the industry, while adding new modules that address the challenges faced by today’s leaders in the life sciences. See the program syllabus for an overview of the program content.
- Assessments, activities, videos and websites have been integrated to enhance the learning experience and outcomes.
- Current reading lists, web-based resources, articles and videos are available to participants through the Graduate Resources on our website.
- Through the use of multiple learning techniques, we address a variety of learning styles and generational preferences. Participants never feel like they are in school or being lectured to. The sessions are comfortable for participants, yet highly dynamic. Led by highly experienced facilitators with tremendous industry knowledge, participants discuss and explore the content through group discussions, individual reflection, learning pods, team-learning, and using their companies as laboratories. They will share and implement best practices that are learned in their sessions, as well as from their company. There are even opportunities for the participants to serve as facilitators in the program, sharing the results of their learning pod activities.
- Content and activities have been designed to achieve great levels of implementation and impact. Using the “company as a laboratory” concept, participants will gain a greater understanding of the business, in addition to the science that their companies are founded upon. As they interview individuals in their companies and/or make observations, they also build strong relationships across the organization and increase their organization visibility. This allows them to make better decisions every day, drives greater levels of performance and strongly supports their professional growth and advancement.
What is the format and duration of the program?
At The Leadership Edge, we use learning and development approaches that have been supported by research to achieve the most successful participant outcomes. We instill increased confidence and competence in the participants and the successful implementation of tools and skills in the workplace. To achieve this, our program format is based on three premises, learning over time, spaced repetition, and accountability. From The Laboratory To Leadership Program: 25th Anniversary Edition, is delivered over four (4) days, with each full day session spaced two (2) weeks apart. This enables participants the opportunity to learn a tremendous amount of content at a pace that is not overwhelming, gives them the opportunity to implement the tools and concepts in the workplace at a reasonable pace, and provides the opportunity for participants to discuss their successes and challenges as they are held accountable in their next session. While this format is our most utilized delivery method, we realize that on occasion, our clients require an alternative delivery format. In these cases we will partner with you to design a delivery approach that supports your needs without sacrificing tremendous results. Although the program is four (4) days, the support of The Leadership Edge and your program facilitator never ends as the result of our free, life-time support.
How much does the program cost?
$2,795 per person, for association members*, $3,295 for non-members. This includes a pre-course questionnaire, a multitude of online assessments, customized program materials (binder, instruments, and activities), four (4) full day learning and development sessions, integrated leadership lab notebook to track success and return on investment, one-on-one coaching during the program and lifetime phone and e-mail support. * We partner with life science associations to offer discounted pricing. Our partners include: Biocom, Life Science Washington, CA Life Science Association, Colorado BioScience Association and MassBio.
When is payment due? Do you accept credit cards?
Payment is to be received prior to the start of the program, upon registration or receipt of the invoice from our office. We accept credit cards through PayPal, however not all corporate credit cards are eligible for this option. Should you like to pay the invoice this way, please let our office know and we will send you a direct link to a PayPal invoice for payment. No PayPal user account is required by the client.
Who do I make the payment to?
Please make your check payable to The Leadership Edge, Inc., or to the association partner if you are registering online for the appropriate location and class on their registration page. Call The Leadership Edge at (858) 454-6540, ext. 200, or email us at Tiffany@TheLeadershipEdge.com if you have any questions.
What happens if I miss a class?
We understand that sometimes things will occur that might prevent you from attending all of the classes. No problem, we provide several resources to ensure you stay on track. Each participant is paired with a peer coach in the class, to help support each other in your learning. You may call your coach to discuss the content that was covered and gain an understanding of the expectations before attending the next session. The facilitator is also always available to support your continued success in the program and you may attend any future public session through one of our association partners at no cost (if space is available).
Is it better to bring our program in-house or have my participants take part in a public class?
It depends upon what your goals are. Some of the advantages of attending a public class are that the participants come from a variety of life science companies, are building peer networks outside of your company, gaining new perspectives and ideas external to those shared within your own organization and seeing that your challenges are also common to others. If you have just a few participants, are a small organization, or have a limited learning and development budget, the public programs enable you to enroll individuals as your budget or your work environment allows and insures consistent learning and development opportunities for newly promoted managers as your company grows. In addition, if you are seeking a confidential environment where participants can feel more comfortable in sharing organizational concerns, the public program often times may feel more supportive. In house programs are comprised of only your employees and offer tremendous advantages as well. One of the greatest benefits of an in-house program is that all of the content is customized to reflect the culture, philosophies, systems and goals of your company. In addition, the program provides not only an opportunity to develop as managers, but also supports your employees discussing and working together to resolve issues and pursue opportunities presented to your company. Teamwork and camaraderie are developed as participants engage with managers from their teams and managers/leaders from other teams, departments or functional areas. The composition may be designed by the level in your organization, functional area, or to integrate various levels of leadership depending upon your goals.
If I choose an in-house program, how will I structure the classes?
Because in-house programs are customized to meet your desired needs, please contact The Leadership Edge to and we will assist you in determining the best composition to achieve your goals.
Where is the program located?
The location for in-house programs are determined by the client. While offsite sessions tend to support greater focus and fewer disruptions, sometimes budget constraints require the program to be held at the client’s site. Programs held through our association partners are typically hosted at their facilities.
Do I receive continuing education credit for this program?
At this time, The Leadership Edge is looking into approval for continuing education credit for our programs. If this is something you are interested in, please let us know.
How many participants will be in a program?
The ideal size for a program is 15 to 20 participants.
Is there homework?
There is no more than one hour per week of independent practice. The program has been designed to assist you in applying the concepts at work as opposed to “homework”. Participants will utilize their Leadership Lab Book throughout the program to set their own goals, layout their commitments between sessions, and track their success. Participants will also interact with their peer coaches and learning pods as needed.
How much preparation will there be prior to the program?
Approximately 30 minutes. There is a Welcome Email that is sent out two weeks prior to the program with links for pre-work to be completed. This includes a Participant Information Questionnaire, a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator online assessment. These need to be completed prior to the first session.
How do you measure the success of the program?
The Leadership Edge uses several tools to measure the effectiveness of the program. Participants set goals for themselves during the second session and share those goals with the return on investment associated, in class. The program learning is then directly tied to the success of these pre-determined goals. Support throughout the program is provided through email reminders, the use of their Leadership Lab Book, peer coaches and their participation in learning pods. In addition, after each session, participants will reflect and report on knowledge gained and implemented. Final course evaluations provide participant feedback on not only the quality of the program facilitation and content, but also on the quantitative and qualitative impact on your organization.
How early do I have to register into a public program?
Space is limited to twenty (20) participants in our public programs so we suggest no later than fourteen (14) days’ notice prior to the start of the program. Because sessions are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis with many classes being filled several weeks before their starting date, early enrollment is encouraged. However, if you question whether there is enough time or space to register, please call The Leadership Edge for confirmation. We will do our best to accommodate you. For an in-house program, we prefer at least three weeks’ notice to enable us the necessary time to coordinate an excellent program.
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