The company invested heavily — creating innovative games and technologies to help people understand the business, bringing in big ticket leadership speakers, and investing in expensive development methodologies by some of the world’s best-known leadership gurus.
When asked what they found most valuable about the program, these high-potential leaders said they loved having unstructured time to talk with one another. Despite the millions invested in the program, what they found most helpful is something that costs little.
Having time to talk with one another was the best part of the program. We had some great conversations during those unstructured 20-minute walks and over meals. We hardly ever get the chance to talk with peers from other divisions. And we hardly ever get the chance to talk without a formal agenda. Getting to know one another — and know we can talk with one another about issues — was invaluable.
We’re under more pressure than ever before in business, with seemingly every minute booked in meetings and conference calls.
Yet carving out occasional, unhurried time to think out loud with colleagues we rarely spend time with — without an agenda or dreaded PowerPoint presentations – may be one of the best uses of our most limited resources: time.