Archive for October, 2009

Open University Leadership Seminars

John Knights, Chairman, LeaderShapeOn 2nd November, John Knights, Chairman of Leadershape will address a group of middle and senior Open University staff  on the topic of Transpersonal Leadership. This is designed to be stimulating and to get them to think a little about their leadership style, role and ways of thinking.

The Leadership Academy World Café Workshop

Leadership Academy EventA World Café and Action Learning for Sustainable Leadership session will be facilitated by the University of Greenwich, the University of Surrey and the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations.

The event will bring together business leaders, leadership practitioners, academics and business advisors. The focus for this innovative event will be provided by World Café discussion groups on the question of ‘Trust and Leadership in the Downturn’. Groups will consider the issues of trust in the context of business and public sector leadership and the organisational and personal challenges that all have faced in the context of a global economic downturn.

Leadership Academy partners will facilitate a group discussion process through which all participants at the event will provide input and insight into solving these challenges.
What you will gain from this Workshop?

  • Discuss and debate leadership themes
  • Network with new prospective partners and collaborators
  • Meet and get to know business advisors who help businesses with their leadership development needs
  • Have the opportunity (subject to eligibility) to sign up to a
  • Sustainability Syndicate (action learning set)
  • Gain insights into how to lead in difficult times
  • Develop strategies for effective leadership in your organisation
  • Access resources for gaining help
  • Learn new ways of dealing with resistance to change that derives from uncertainty in the downturn

For more information and to register for this event on 27 November, please download the brochure and then contact: Bethany James, Project Officer for the Leadership Academy, on 01483 683495.

New Post Graduate Certificate makes the News.

University of Chester LeaderShape and the University of Chester developed the PGC in Coach-Mentoring and Facilitation in Organisations as probably the first accredited programme for those who want to develop their ability to act as Coach/Mentors and Learning Set Facilitators to others. It aims to build knowledge, understanding and expertise to identify, deliver and evaluate learning, evelopment and training needs. As featured in:

Insider News North West: University of Chester boosts leaders

Insider News South West: Coaching programme ready to go in Cornwall

Warrington Worldwide: Help to cut training costs

Unique expert community for high growth business.

Oxfordshire has launched a unique expert community to offer specialist help to innovative businesses with high growth potential. The Oxfordshire Innovation & Growth Team (OxIGT) will provide advice and support to businesses in any sector and of any size with the potential for rapid expansion, including a key focus on SMEs that have the potential to grow into large indigenous companies. Any new or existing businesses with the potential, desire and capability for sustainable high growth could qualify.

Leadership development experts and business coach-mentors, LeaderShape is proud to be a consortium member of the Oxfordshire IGT programme – the prestigious partnership is led by Oxford Innovation together with ISIS Innovation, Oxford Brookes University, The Oxford Trust, Business Link, The Oxford Economic Partnership, Oxfordshire County Council, NESTA and The Technology Strategy Board.

Each partner will provide specialist expertise as part of the business network. 

The Oxfordshire IGT will also deliver bespoke training and advice. A major part of its strategy is to develop a Community of Innovation to encourage and enable over 1,000 businesses to share information and experiences. LeaderShape will provide leadership development expertise and coach-mentor and facilitation training to the IGT team.

Chairman of the Innovation and Growth Team’s Board, Martin Dare-Edwards, explains:  “We aim to establish Oxfordshire as a world-beating innovation hotspot with a sustainable community of innovative, high growth businesses.  The enthusiasm and passion for enterprise will be harnessed to encourage young people in the region to increase their skills, improving the capability and competitiveness of Oxfordshire’s future workforce.”

The IGT is one of eight South East Business IGTs that are being funded by SEEDA (South East England Development Agency) to provide tailored coaching, mentoring and networking opportunities to businesses of all sizes. A Team Director with strong leadership and management qualities to head up and drive forward this initiative is being sought.

For further details please contact John Knights.

UK executives appointed to boost leadership skills.

PGC in Coach-Mentoring and Facilitation, accredited by the University of Chester LeaderShape is convinced of the value of good quality coaching, mentoring and facilitation in the work place. However, experience has led them to the conclusion that the good intentions behind these initiatives are often undermined by the lack of training or a proper framework for the provision of this valuable Work-Based Learning.

This understanding has led them to work closely with the University of Chester to develop a unique qualification; The Post Graduate Certificate in “Coach-Mentoring and Facilitation in Organisations”. This qualification is accredited by the University of Chester which has long been known as a leader in Work-Based Learning qualifications.

The UK’s first cohort of business leaders has been appointed to undertake this cutting-edge programme to boost leadership performance in their companies during the current downturn.

Sixteen experienced executives will work with existing or high growth potential companies over a six-year period, while undertaking the new Post Graduate Certificate (PGC) which aims to upskill an organisation’s own capacity to develop leaders – particularly at a time when training budgets are under pressure.

Who will get the Empathy Vote?

Which leader will get your vote?It’s Party conference season.  The Lib Dems kicked it off, followed by Labour and now it’s the Conservatives turn in the spotlight.  These occasions are now aimed less at the party faithful themselves and more a showcase for the wider audience.  This is especially so this year with a General Election not that far away. 

So it has become a bit of a beauty parade for the leaders; Nick Clegg seeking to establish credibility that the Lib Dems are not a wasted vote, Gordon Brown focusing on policy substance and this week David Cameron will want to appear as PM in waiting.

In order to be successful, all three leaders will have to connect with ordinary people, demonstrate that they really do understand their issues in a way that isn’t politically patronising but authentic and heartfelt.  In short they need to demonstrate empathy in bucket loads.  Easier said than done, especially for Gordon Brown who has been living in the Government bubble for over a decade, and perhaps David Cameron with his privileged background shared with a number of colleagues in the Shadow Cabinet.

Empathy is an essential ingredient of excellent leadership and anyone in any walk of life politics aside, will not gain followers without this attribute.  See the four key ways you can develop your own empathy by visiting http://www.leadershape.biz/empathy.aspx

SEEDA case studies

Greg YoungGreg Young has made a contribution to a SEEDA Case Studies Publication, he provides a commentary on the leadership in Triometric. The complete publication; Leadership for Innovation, can be downloaded here.