Joan Fletcher, Founder
In a time of great uncertainty, leaders are looking for solutions.
These are the questions Joan Fletcher, founder of Winning Ways, Inc., gets daily, and the reasons that prompted her to create the Leadership Evolution Program (LEP). After more than 30 years of coaching executive leaders, she learned what it takes for leaders to build, develop, and motivate high-performing teams while accomplishing organizational goals.
How we perceive ourselves as leaders is different than how we are received, which is the reason why building self-awareness is the start of the Leadership Evolution journey and the key to leading high-performing teams effectively.
The LEP is a year-long in-person or virtual program designed for executive leaders and executive teams. Intentionally designed for maximum results, the LEP integrates a blend of self-awareness building assessments, one-on-one coaching sessions, peer leadership circles, spaced repetition, and a focus on emotional intelligence.
Years later, Joan continues to hear the success stories of personal and professional transformations of LEP graduates, who have committed to the strategies learned in the program.
For example, take the young lady who shared her appreciation for Joan and the Leadership Evolution Program. Joan had been working with the executive team for the past year. One of the key pieces the CFO of the organization wanted to focus on while completing the LEP was improving his team’s morale and helping them see their value in the organization.
“I want to thank you. My boss has been a difficult boss to work for over the years and since your program he takes the time to get to know us and what we want from our careers. I used to come in, do my job, and go home every day. Now, I am enjoying my work.”
In building his self-awareness through the LEP, the CFO was able to learn what he needed to do to connect better to his team and develop the habits that led to remarkable outcomes.
“Leaders who are personal learners, work on their own growth and focus on their leadership build great work environments. These leaders attract and retain top talent. They are the leaders we all want to follow and work with in our careers.” says Joan. If you want to help your leadership team to evolve and create a more vibrant culture, then The Leadership Evolution Program is the place to start.
Alongside the LEP, Winning Ways has designed several other programs as well. Take the mentorship program, for instance. Here, the company examines less experienced staff’s professional goals, skills, and strengths and matches them with the right mentors who have at least ten years of experience in the leadership development field. The mentor and protégé work in liaison for about a year during the program, which ensures better outcomes.
All the programs that Joan has designed can be customized to meet the unique requirements of clients. More importantly, Winning Ways realizes that traditional leadership development programs often fail to yield the optimum outcome owing to the long time span. Given the multifaceted role that leaders carry out in an organization, it becomes almost impossible for them to rightly grasp all the learnings and understand their practical applications. Joan has challenged this status quo. Although Winning Ways programs last anywhere between eight to twelve months like traditional programs, the leaders only have to meet once a month for a few hours. As a result, they can devote only a certain amount of time from their busy schedules and actively participate in the programs.
When people bridge the gap between how they view their leadership versus how everyone perceives it, they turn into a better version of themselves
Winning Ways always follows a five-pronged approach while engaging with clients and bringing the desired transformation. The first step is all about assessments. It helps leaders understand their strengths and blind spots. This is followed by learning and rightly strategizing the roadmap for transformation. Next comes practice, where the company allows leaders to apply the lessons in practical scenarios. This gradually drives leaders to the fourth stage, dubbed mastery or becoming aware of the blind spots. In the last stage, the desired evolution of a leader happens.
This comprehensive approach and all the programs are outcomes of Joan’s years of dedication, passion, and perseverance. She has closely observed the leadership development arena and understood all the intricacies of initiating real change. “Leaders need to evolve and question themselves to build a great work environment that attracts and retains talents. I along with my team strive to create the leaders of tomorrow, who understand their people and drive real success,” says Joan.