A few weeks ago, I mentioned some fairly dramatic research findings on the return on investment for organizational leadership development. One study cited an average ROI of 359% for the 19 well-known companies studied. Inspired by some of our behavioral health colleagues across the country, our organization is implementing a Leadership Academy this month. We are training all current managers and are opening up a second class to any interested employee. Within hours of announcing the availability of the Leadership Academy to our front line staff, 25% of our work force signed up! Our model includes four full-day retreats over a 12-month period, with an assignment or project between each session. Since one of the first topics we'll address is the difference between leadership and management, it dawned on us that we also need to provide more and better training on managerial functions (hiring processes, performance appraisals, data management, policies and procedures, accreditation, etc.). As a result, our Human Resources department will be providing a management school" for new managers as a part of their orientation. Who knows, if we are able achieve the 359% ROI experienced by those Fortune 500 companies, then we may even be able to keep gasoline in our vans this summer!!