"Companies which don't invest in developing their leaders make less than half the revenue compared to those who do. They deliver lower shareholder returns and have a reduced value."
Newcastle Upon Tyne (PRWEB UK) 2 May 2017
"Leadership development is an important part of a high-tech company's ‘growing up’ process, Research shows that companies which don't invest in developing their leaders make less than half the revenue compared to those who do. They deliver lower shareholder returns and have a reduced value compared to those that do. Companies need to take deliberate steps to make sure they identify, develop and support future leaders."
This is the conclusion of Antoinette Oglethorpe, a leadership development specialist and author of the new book, "Grow Your Geeks - A Handbook for Developing Leaders in High-Tech Organisations." Antoinette has first-hand experience of developing leaders for fast-growing, high-tech companies. She was one of the first employees in Avanade, a joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft. As International Learning Director, she played a key role in developing the people needed to grow the organisation. And they did. Avanade grew to 1200 employees in its first year and then continued to grow organically 40% year on year.
"What I learnt from that experience is that fast-growing, high-tech companies face some unique challenges. Often, they've grown quickly because they've got brilliant technologies, products and solutions. But they're in danger of getting stuck because they don't have enough leaders with the skills and experience to grow the business."
Frustrated by the lack of practical advice available on developing leaders, Antoinette wrote Grow Your Geeks to answer the question "How can you develop leaders who can grow your business quickly and sustainably?"
The book outlines six simple steps to help fast-growing companies develop the leaders they need to be successful. These steps are fully explained with practical tools, techniques and tips to help readers implement them with ease.
The six steps follow the acronym LEADER:
- Level: what level are leaders at currently and where do they need to be?
- Envisage: the leaders that you need to be successful
- Assess: the leadership potential of the team
- Develop: new leadership skills and behaviours
- Embed: those behaviours into day to day work
- Reinforce: leadership throughout the organisation’s processes and practices.
"This book is a ‘must read’ for Senior Leaders and HR partners in fast growing high-tech environments. A major challenge in such a competitive arena is attracting, acquiring and retaining the brightest talent. This book truly identifies the equal challenge in developing those bright, driven and highly technical people into the leaders needed to support and sustain continued growth," said Bernice Leppard, HR Director of BravoSolution
Grow Your Geeks is available on Amazon priced £11.99 (paperback), £6.99 (Kindle)
About The Author
Antoinette Oglethorpe is the founder of Antoinette Oglethorpe Ltd, a professional training and coaching company which specialises in developing leaders for fast-growing companies. Her LEADER system encapsulates her 25 years of experience developing leaders for some of the world's most successful organisations. Antoinette is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a member of the Association for Coaching. Her mission is to help high-tech companies realise the leadership potential of their people so together they can create an amazing future.
Grow Your Geeks is published by Rethink Press.
For more information, or if you'd like a review copy of Grow Your Geeks, please contact Antoinette at antoinette(at)antoinetteoglethorpe(dot)com or call 07957 604783
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