Nottingham

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Practical Leadership & Management Skills for Busy Leaders and Managers

This six-day leadership and management development programme has been designed to appeal to a ‘no-nonsense’  individuals and is delivered at pace with considerable experiential and practical reference.

It has been designed to lift the sights of the group to develop a higher leadership level, unite and allow them to implement what they learn immediately.

 

The following six modules can be delivered as one programme or taken as individual modules

When the pressure is on, it is considerably harder for individual managers to perform at their best than it is if they work as a team. For this reason, the first module of this programme focuses on becoming a ‘Management Team’. This module will help the group understand why – for the good of the organisation – it is essential they see supporting each other as a management team a key priority.  

The following elements will be covered during this module:

 

  • Identify the importance of uniting as a management team to develop ‘Organisational Health’ and introduce/drive a continuous improvement culture. Define and examine how your organisation measures up.

  • Explore the 5 elements that unite a team, namely; developing trust, the ability to disagree agreeably, taking ownership, holding each other to account and staying focused on joint results.

  • Examine Bruce Tuckman and Katzenbach/Smith team development models to identify the different stages of team development and review the benefits and methods of moving forward as a team from forming, storming and norming to high-performing.

  • Assess the level of development in the management team – and the other teams attendees are part of – developing practical actions for immediate improvements to be made in those teams.

Module 1: Becoming a Management Team
  • 4/11/19

The skill of leading is different from that of managing. It is important to know which hat to wear given the situations you face. For this reason, the second module of this programme focuses on separating the two terms and defining them clearly. This module will help the group understand how and when to lead and how and when to manage. This way they will achieve the most important things they need to as a group and for the organisation.

The following elements will be covered during this module:

 

  • Understand the difference between Leadership and Management and learn why it is important to develop both skill-sets.

  • Explore the WHY, HOW and WHAT of the college and discover why knowing what they are and how to use them helps inspire people – at all levels.

  • Explore the concept of organisational culture and consider how shared values are key to both identifying current culture and choosing how to shape a more desirable, collaborative, united, culturally diverse and representative one.

  • Using an interactive McKinsey 7-S analysis model, we will take a serious look at the state of the organisation and consider how we would like it to be.

  • Review organisation stakeholders and consider what they want/need, then use this insight to take a high-level view of college objectives and prepare practical action plans on key issues.

Module 2: Learning when to Lead or Manage
  • 5/11/19

As well as improving as leaders, the management team often have people management responsibilities - often for employees who need to step up and manage more effectively themselves. Developing the group’s people management skills will improve their teachers’ performance thus freeing up some of their time which will allow them more time to lead their teams forward and increase productivity.

The following elements will be covered in this module:

  • Define employee engagement, why it is important and assess how well we perform against the four enablers of it.

  • Understand the three core elements of the performance management cycle and explore how well they implement them, identifying improvement actions for immediate implementation.

  • Examine best practice objective setting, feedback and appraisal skills with hands-on skills practice along the way.

  • Develop coaching skills to aid with increased delegation and staff development.

 

  • Introduction of ‘Agile Methodology’ which is a tried and tested project management theory used to unite teams behind specific projects (sprints) and to focus the team members through regular daily 15-minute meetings (scrums) coached initially by a 'scrum-master' to ensure scrum rules are adhered to.

Module 3: Hands-On People Management Skills

3/12/19

Stress can kill but a degree of pressure is needed to motivate us and drive performance. Skilful task and priority management allows people to manage their own stress levels and those of others to find the productivity ‘sweet spot’. That’s why the fourth module focuses on helping the group identify the things that stress them and helps them identify how to deal with them and reduce their stress levels.

The following elements will be covered in this module:

 

  • Review the causes and effects of stress in the workplace and conduct a simple personal ‘stress-test’ to see where we are at.

  • Reflect on the causes to identify potential solutions to put into practice immediately.

  • Reflect on the concept and paradox of time management to realise we do not need more time – and we can’t have it anyway!

  • Use this philosophy to adopt a more proactive approach to managing our tasks and explore the scope to delegate more.

  • Examine the art of delegation and prepare to delegate to and empower others so more is achieved with less across the organisation.

  • Undertake a personal assessment of ‘to-do list’ / time-wasters / work priorities and become more effective at handling them using a simple ‘four-box’ method.

Module 4: Improving Task Management to Reduce Stress
  • 4/12/19

Developing first class communication and influencing skills is essential for leaders and managers to be effective in their roles individually and as a team. This module develops the skills to communicate with clarity, vertically and horizontally, across the organisation and beyond it.

The following elements will be covered in this module:

 

  • Examine the ‘miscommunication’ process to identify the reasons communication sometimes breaks down.

  • Reflect on a variety of different communication methods and the outcomes when we choose the best or worst method for a range of different communication scenarios.

  • Eric Byrne’s transactional analysis model, the ‘ZONE 123’ persuasion model and a variety of listening and other communications exercises to draw out personal development opportunities

Module 5: Clear communication to motivate and inspire
  • 7/1/20

This final module has been developed for those who wish to look at themselves in a deeper – life-long learning way. You will reflect on your personal development and consider why and how to ensure you continue to strive to be the best leader you can be.  

 

The following elements will be covered during this module:

 

  • Review your Johari Window – everyone should take stock of their ‘blind-spot’ every few years because, as we mature, our personalities often change.

  • Explore the five practical elements of emotional intelligence and assess our personal levels of proficiency. Develop increased self-awareness, self-control, empathy and social skill.

 

NB: Increased emotional intelligence will be crucial in developing more collaborative behaviour amongst the members of the management team.

 

  • Differentiate between individual reactivity and proactivity as approaches to work. Critique the respective consequences for individuals, teams and the whole college. Choose practical activities to adopt a more proactive approach and report back on outcomes.

  • (Optional, dependent on strength and maturity of individual characters) Examine the concept of Continuous Improvement / Kaizen and conduct a personal ‘TURBO-360’ review to produce a list of practical actions for personal development towards becoming the best leaders we can be.

Module 6: Who do you think you are?
  • 8/1/20

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