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RISE Aspiring Leader Program FAQ's for Managers

Has an employee on your team applied for the RISE program? Review the FAQ's to get answers to any of your questions.

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Q1: What is the RISE Aspiring Leader Program?

The RISE Aspiring Leader Program is a 12-month development journey focused on investing in and developing the next generation of public service leaders. The goal of the program is to introduce the essentials of effective leadership to employees who demonstrate a strong potential for continued achievement and future leadership in public service.

Q2: Why is RISE a critical initiative for the Commonwealth?

With the speed of change only increasing, with our constituent needs only becoming greater, and with our employees asking for more development, we have a tremendous opportunity and responsibility to accelerate the growth of our future leaders. We implemented a new leader development program, RISE to meet these needs keeping aspiring leaders in mind.

Q3: Who is eligible for the RISE Aspiring Leader Program?

The RISE Aspiring Leader Pilot Program is open to NAGE Unit 6 employees who:

  • Have been employed by the state for at least two years as of the program application date
  • Desire continued achievement and advancement in public service
  • Show strong interest in learning and growing with other leaders across the Commonwealth
  • Will fully engage in all RISE activities and learning components

Following the pilot, the plan is to expand the program availability to all Commonwealth employees.

Q4: How many participants will be included in the RISE Aspiring Leader Pilot Program?

We are expecting to recruit three cohorts of 30-35 participants each from NAGE Unit 6.

Q5: How is the RISE Aspiring Leader Program different from the CORE Management Program?

  RISE Aspiring Leader Program

CORE Management Program

Program Duration 12-months 6-months
Program Focus
  • Focuses on the essentials of effective leadership for employees who aspire to expand leader contribution through their current and/or future roles.
  • Focuses on providing relevant and practical interpersonal and HR operational knowledge that leaders of others need in order to effectively lead, guide and direct their team members.
Program Objectives
  • Introduce the essentials of effective leadership to employees who demonstrate a strong potential for continued achievement and future leadership roles in public service.
  • Provide an opportunity for participants to develop a deep awareness of self.
  • Help participants clarify strengths and develop the ability to lead from any position.
  • Increase the ability of current people leaders to effectively lead and direct their team members
  • Promote understanding of group dynamics to support the development of strategies to drive results.
  • Inspire a community of learning that supports the ongoing engagement and retention of program participants.

Program Open To

  • NAGE Unit 6 employees who aspire to contribute more as a leader at any level, desire continued achievement and advancement in public service, show strong interest in learning and growing with others across the Commonwealth, and have been employed by the state for at least two years as of the program application date.
  • Managers and supervisors who have completed at least one performance evaluation (e.g., EPRS or ACES) of another state employee, and to individuals who indirectly oversee others in order to accomplish a strategic project or agency initiative.

 

Q6: Is the RISE Aspiring Leader Program a prerequisite for the CORE Management Program?

No, RISE is not a prerequisite for CORE. Employees should determine which program is more appropriate based on their current role requirements and development needs. For example, if they are a current people manager/supervisor or an individual leading an agency initiative seeking to increase HR operational knowledge to more effectively lead and guide their team members, they should consider applying for CORE.

If an employee is seeking foundational leadership skills that will help build stronger self-awareness, clarify strengths so they can lead more effectively, collaborate better with others, and expand their contribution from where they are in your organization, they should consider applying for RISE.

Q7: When will the RISE Aspiring Leader Program launch?

The program will begin in October 2019 as a pilot in partnership with NAGE Unit 6.

Q8: When and where will the program in-person sessions take place?

Please visit the Schedule of Sessions on our RISE Aspiring Leader Program website for a listing of virtual and in-person learning sessions.

Q9: What are the program components of the RISE Aspiring Leader Program?

The RISE program will include the following four key components:

  1. Participants will complete assessments and receive feedback to promote greater self-awareness of their own values and principles, thinking patterns, assumptions, emotional skills, etc.
  2. Participants will experience learning through a blended approach that includes: instructor-led training, online learning, and self-study.
  3. Participants' managers will be involved throughout the program. They will receive updates about the program via regularly scheduled conference calls, and will be involved in career development discussions with their program participant(s).
  4. Participants will continue to collaborate as a group beyond graduation to further their learning.

Q10: What will participants learn through the RISE Aspiring Leader Program?

There are three key areas of learning:

  • Leading Self: focuses on defining personal leadership, building career and professional relationships, and expanding mindset.
  • Leading Others: focuses on inspiring others and influencing without authority.
  • Leading with Others: focuses on expanding their comfort zone and leveraging networks for collective success.

Q11: What are the benefits of the RISE Aspiring Leader Program?

Some of the RISE participant benefits include:

  • Strong connections and relationships within cohorts and across agencies
  • Increased awareness of strengths, work styles, and development focus
  • New tools and techniques to improve performance and approach the job from a different perspective
  • Learning and growth through on-the-job application and stronger development plans
  • Elevated personal brand, visibility, and professional presence
  • Broadened network with leaders from across the Commonwealth

Q12: Who can nominate an employee for the RISE Aspiring Leader Program?

Any Commonwealth employee can nominate another employee for the program. Employees can also self nominate.

Keep in mind that the pilot program is for NAGE Unit 6 employees, and there is specific criteria the nominee must meet.

Q13: If I nominate a candidate, when will I find out if the person is accepted into the program?

  • Nomination and Application Period: August 6 to 30, 2019
  • Selection Announcement: communication to applicants will take place on or about October 9, 2019.

Q14: If my direct report is accepted into the program, what is expected of me as their manager?

RISE participant managers will be expected to:

  • Attend the Manager orientation session kick-off in October to learn about the program specifics and your role
  • Attend manager webinars after each segment of RISE to see what the participants have been learning, receive tips on helping them apply their skills and insights into their day-to-day performance, and career planning
  • Provide ongoing coaching and support that is uniquely tailored to your participant
  • Share development ideas and on-the-job opportunities to stretch and grow
  • Stay curious and ask lots of questions to stimulate learning for both of you 
  • Commitment to supporting your participants. The total time commitment for managers is anticipated to be about two hours per month and can be incorporated in current coaching (supervision) meetings.

Q15: Will employees be able to maintain their required contributions to their team?

Our experience has been that as program participants develop leader knowledge, skills and increased capabilities, they gain the energy, engagement, and ideas that generate capacity and creativity to perform at even higher levels.

Q16: Where can I get more information about the program if needed?

Please visit the RISE Aspiring Leader Program website for more information or contact RISE.HRDTraining@mass.gov.

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