Root Learning Launches Compass Manager Development Program

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Interactive workshop teaches managers how to build engaged teams that deliver results.

Facing increased competition in the teenage fashion market, we knew we needed to adopt a more disciplined and strategic approach to our business and that the success of our plan would lie with our managers

Root Learning Inc., a strategic learning company that engages and connects people to create results, today announced the launch of Compass - a unique manager development program. The program is a two-day interactive workshop, with pre- and post-workshop activities, that helps managers better translate and communicate corporate strategies to their teams and develop core capabilities. The result is a more engaged and effective workforce.

The program provides a framework that uses widely respected content and management models, customized to the client's business and delivered in a fun, engaging, and memorable format. Program components include Learning Map® modules, simulations, electronic learning, role-playing, games, and drawing exercises - a stimulating mix of hands-on activities that sparks interest and embeds learning.

The program was designed to meet a market need for more holistic manager development that goes beyond pure skills training. Compass is broken into several modules that help participants understand and practice dealing with key management issues:

  •     Know my business: Helping managers really understand a company's business through exploring corporate goals and market drivers that impact them.
  •     Know my role: Showing managers that their role is more than just process and projects - it's about people.
  •     Connect my team: Explaining the "hows" and "whys" of the business and the manager's role in transforming clock-watchers, sleepwalkers, and timecard-punchers into engaged employees who feel ownership of the business.
  •     Deliver results through my team: Building solid working relationships through clear communication and coaching, and seeing how a functional dynamic leads to better results.
  •     Homework: Helping managers to develop 30-, 60-, and 90-day plans for implementing the tactics learned during the two-day program.

"People don't leave companies - they leave managers," said Gary Magenta, Vice President of Client Services for Root. "And yet, we often hear that managers don't have time to engage their teams or don't know the words or methods to do so. Compass provides the opportunity for managers to learn and practice simple but effective tools and techniques while staying fully immersed in their business issues. They leave ready to engage their teams to make a difference immediately."

The offering is now available. Early adopters include Wm. Wrigley, Brinker, Blockbuster, and Anchor Blue.

"Facing increased competition in the teenage fashion market, we knew we needed to adopt a more disciplined and strategic approach to our business and that the success of our plan would lie with our managers," said Elaine Gregg, Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer, Anchor Blue Retail Group. "After completing the Compass program, we had managers comment that they understood what was expected of them in leading their stores and felt confident that they had the tools they needed to live up to that expectation and help the company succeed."

About Root Learning
Root Learning is a learning company that connects and engages people to create results. Root Learning has helped more than 400 organizations worldwide to address complex strategic issues by combining consulting, learning and communication disciplines into a unique creative problem-solving approach. Root's CEO, Jim Haudan, has written a book, The Art of Engagement, that explores how employees become engaged and offers tactics for increasing engagement in any company. The book, published by McGraw Hill, will be available in August 2008.
Headquartered in Sylvania, Ohio, Root Learning has satellite locations in Chicago and London. For more about Root Learning, visit


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