March 1, 2007

News & Opinion: The Leader "Incubator"

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 8:23 PM – Filed under: Leadership & Strategy

In college I studied entrepreneurship. Some hiring heads would occasionally rumor that companies would look down upon an entrepreneurship major; they'd see it as a threat or immediately put you into the "will-leave-quickly" category. That logic always struck me as funny and short-sighted. Why would you not want employees who, to be cliche, think outside the box and are willing to take a few risks to make something better? Here's a company that not only challenges employees to be innovative and entrepreneurial but puts them in an Incubator to help get them started (okay, not literally). CIK Entreprises, an Indianapolis holding company, has a 12-month program geared towards building new leaders. The lucky learners are nominated by managers (no more than 10% of the companies 80 employees can participate at once). Their education = combination of reading + executive presentations + hands-on experiences. Book choices include The E-Myth and The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. **More in the March 2007 Inc. article.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.