Future Now

Leadership Resources

Dear Colleagues and Clients:

Throughout our nation’s history, we have alternated between times of great trials and tragedies to periods of unprecedented promise and progress. Today is no exception. What has remained constant throughout these periods is the universality of our common indomitable, can-do spirit. It’s that foundation which grounds and guides the many organizations that MDA Leadership is proud to serve—and compels these organizations to strive to become better versions of themselves.

For nearly 40 years, MDA Leadership has specialized in providing organizations and their leaders with the insights they need to achieve greater levels of success. Our assessment and development expertise has never proven more important to our clients than now, as organizations progress from unprecedented disruption to recovery. We are proud to be able to support our clients in this vital quest.

Many clients are using this time as an opportunity to become future-fit organizations. We have been exploring the requirements of the future-fit organization for some time now. Our aim is to provide provocative frameworks, fresh thinking, and leading-edge talent practices, so that you can engage your team in shaping the future.

We hope you benefit from the following resources on leading through disruption and recovery. Know that we are here to support you every step of the way as we enter this brave new world of work.

Sandra Davis
Chair & Founder

Scott Nelson

What will Future-Fit Leaders and Organizations look like?

MDA Leadership has long been exploring the requirements of the Future-Fit Organization, tracking critical workplace trends, discerning the capabilities we believe will be most essential for business leaders to grow and thrive, helping organizations select and develop future-ready leaders, and designing future-focused talent systems and practices.

These articles and videos will help guide your thinking about the future world of work:

Solutions for Leading Through Disruption and Recovery  

We are working our way through a “crucible moment”—an experience that will forever transform us. As a leader, you are making important decisions every day—though now there’s a faster pace, greater intensity, and higher stakes. Our world has been disrupted and your team is expecting more from you than ever before, yet these are uncharted waters with no proven map.  Check out these solutions designed to help you and your team lead through this unprecedented time.

Join us for the Future Now Leadership™ webinar series

We are pleased to announce a webinar series called Future Now Leadership. Let MDA Leadership’s experts help you address the essential leadership challenges that will define your success throughout the pandemic and its aftermath. Join us for expert advice, compelling dialogue, and actionable insights for thriving in a deeply changed world. We hope you will join us for one or all of these timely topics.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Succession Series #1: Building an Early Career Leadership Pipeline

The premium on early leader identification and development is greater than ever. Supervisors, managers and directors make up the majority of your organization’s leaders, manage most of your workforce, and directly impact productivity, engagement and retention—every day. Moreover, the depth and diversity of your future senior leadership bench will likely depend on your ability to know and develop talented, diverse leaders now. Leading organizations are creating an assessment-based strategy for objectively guiding talent decision-making, understanding the true depth of leadership capabilities, and designing leadership development efforts to support future business needs.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Succession Series #2: Leading Executive Succession in This New Era

Given the shifting talent landscape, it is more important than ever to define high potential leadership for your organization and identify your future executives, so that you can focus on developing and retaining your top talent for leadership continuity. Your next generation of executives must take on greater leadership scope, responsibility and complexity at a rate faster than their predecessors. Much will be asked of these high potentials as they lead through a dynamic new era of pervasive disruption and recovery. Are they ready to take the leap? What proven best practices will truly prepare high-potential leaders to meet the heightened leadership expectations they face now and in the future?

March 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2021

Function Leader Development Experience

Now is perhaps the single greatest leadership development opportunity in our lifetimes. Confronted by waves of new and increasingly complex leadership demands, function leaders must have the ability to lead through unprecedented times. That is why MDA Leadership is pleased to offer a unique, transformational Function Leader Development Experience (FLDE). This innovative 3-month virtual development journey enables busy function leaders to accelerate their business impact, improve their leadership effectiveness, and enhance their resilience and wellbeing as they navigate waves of disruption.

The best, bite-sized, online content for leading through COVID-19 in one place

Leaders today are challenged more than ever to incorporate learning and development into their daily schedule. They face time constraints, struggle to find relevant and applicable content, and experience barriers to just-in-time learning. MDA Leadership’s Accel5 was designed to leverage current, relevant, and applicable content that can be consumed in less than five minutes for transformative development. Here, the best bite-sized, online content on leading through COVID-19 is curated for you on MDA’s Accel5 micro-learning technology platform.

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