Harvard Business Publishing Introduces New “Leveraging Your Networks” Topic in Harvard ManageMentor® Latest Update

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New topic responds to importance of networks in today’s business world; three new video genres offer diverse ways to learn and enhance the experience for all learners

Our clients know that the ability to build networks is not just one of the most sought-after skills in this always-on business world; it’s actually one of the most crucial.

Harvard Business Publishing today announced the release of “Leveraging Your Networks,” a new topic in Harvard ManageMentor®, the premier on-demand learning resource for leadership management and development. In addition, three new video genres have been added, supporting varied learning styles and giving learners even more ways to engage with Harvard ManageMentor’s high quality content.

In today’s business world, networks are more important than ever. And their need goes far beyond simply professional development. With matrixed reporting structures, cross-functional teamwork, and new ways of collaborating in a technology-driven business environment, networking is simply how work gets done. Connecting with colleagues to exchange knowledge, ideas, resources, and support – both inside an organization and beyond – is a crucial element of success.

The new “Leveraging Your Networks” topic will help managers understand the value of building diverse and effective networks that serve a variety of purposes: from personal development to day-to-day work. Six lessons make up the topic, each using Harvard ManageMentor’s Learn-Practice-Reflect approach, which focuses on putting learning into action. Each lesson includes a combination of videos and activities that both allow learners to map their existing networks and assess their strengths and weaknesses, while also offering suggestions on how to build and sustain new relationships to expand these networks.

“Today’s business world is a complicated web of people, cultures, technology and change,” said Diane Belcher, product director, enterprise learning at Harvard Business Publishing. “Our clients know that the ability to build networks is not just one of the most sought-after skills in this always-on business world; it’s actually one of the most crucial. This new topic brings our unique expertise and point of view on networks to learners throughout an organization, and will give them the tools they need to assess and strengthen their networks to thrive in the modern business environment.”

In addition to the new topic, three new video genres are available in Harvard ManageMentor, two of which are debuting in the new topic:

  • Coach-Mentor: These videos offer the learner guidance within a lesson from a supportive coach who is approachable and encouraging. They’re focused on interpersonal skills and behavior in situations where learners would benefit from a coaching approach. (Exclusive to “Leveraging Your Networks”)
  • Artistic Whiteboard: These videos use the power of drawing to illustrate a concept or idea. The graphical nature of these videos and the simplicity of the approach make them highly engaging, especially for visual learners. (Exclusive to “Leveraging Your Networks”)
  • Scenarios: These short scenes feature actors dramatizing certain behaviors. These videos are designed to convey a message or a behavior by allowing learners to watch examples of realistic scenarios, instead of reading written text. The scenario videos provide an additional level of interactivity to the practice exercises.

Additionally, this update to Harvard ManageMentor includes content updates to the popular “Difficult Interactions” topic, as well as enhanced learner personalization features and updates to the administrator console and reports.

To keep up with the rapid pace of change and complexity facing businesses around the globe, Harvard ManageMentor is continuously updated to support the varied learning needs of today’s on-the-go mobile workforce. In addition to new and updated content, these regular updates help organizations contextualize content to their organizations, personalize the experience for individual learners, and better evaluate usage and impact.

To view examples of the new videos, visit the Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning YouTube page To learn more about the new “Leveraging Your Networks” topic and other updates to Harvard ManageMentor, visit Harvard Business Publishing’s Leading the Way blog. For more information on Harvard ManageMentor, visit http://www.harvardbusiness.org/harvard-managementor.

About Harvard ManageMentor
For over 20 years, Harvard ManageMentor has set the standard for on-demand leadership development. It combines the highest quality content with a unique design focused on putting learning into action. This combination has helped organizations around the world develop high performing leaders and elevate performance. Harvard ManageMentor gives leaders insights that matter, with content fueled by the latest in thinking and proven practices from Harvard Business Publishing’s and other renowned world-class experts. Whether used at their desk or on-the-go, Harvard ManageMentor helps learners quickly apply new concepts and skills. Learn more at http://www.harvardbusiness.org/harvard-managementor.

About Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning
Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning partners with clients to create world-class leadership development solutions for managers at all levels. We leverage the management insight, thought leadership, and expertise of Harvard Business School faculty and authors from Harvard Business Review to create tailored leadership development solutions. With more than 20 years of practical experience, our innovative, technology-enabled solutions drive meaningful and lasting results. For more information, visit http://www.harvardbusiness.org. Follow us on Twitter @HBPCorpLearning and connect with other talent development leaders on LinkedIn through the Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning Group.


Kyle Tildsley

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