As the first year of the Community of Practice on Engineering Leadership (CoP) comes to an end, we hosted a reflection lunch with key representatives from member companies on July 13th at the Faculty Club here on campus at the University of Toronto.
This was a chance to gather structured feedback, discuss lessons learned from a year of working together, and to gather input on the draft plan for Year 2 of the CoP.
Partners were extremely satisfied with Year 1, expressing thanks for the “venue to see what other companies are doing with respect to their knowledge and leadership initiatives” and for the opportunity to “step back and hear [research and] thought leadership to apply to our organizational setting”.
Three important lessons for ILead, the driver and facilitator of the CoP, were: (1) Brand association with U of T is a central part of the CoP's value proposition; (2) It is more important for companies to access the latest research than it is to participate in the projects; and (3) Members value both the 1-on-1 relationship with ILead and relationships with other member companies.
The feedback feeds well into Year 2 of the Community of Practice, which kicks off on September 1st, 2016. It promises growth in terms of participation, engagement, learning and impact.