Posts Tagged 'leadership styles'

Developing a New Generation of Financial Leaders at the West Midlands Pension Fund

“Due to my heavy workload I would sometimes feel that I could not justify the day out of the office (for this leadership and culture change programme) however on each occasion I returned to work refreshed and positive.”120THE £9 BILLION WEST MIDLANDS PENSION FUND (WMPF) is the largest in the UK. It has over 257,000 members and 300 scheme employers. Its assets are primarily managed in-house by investment professionals. It is facing unprecedented change because of the planned reforms of the UK pension industry and because of the declining and increasingly competitive traditional market. LeaderShape was called in to help Chief Pensions Service Manager, Nadine Perrins, manage the restructure of the organisation and the performance and development of it people to meet these changing needs. WMPF had been very traditional in its directive style of leadership and career progression based on longevity and favour, rather than merit. A major gap existed between the leadership experience of the Senior Management Team (several of whom were in sight of retirement) and middle-managers who had mostly received development in technical and business skills. The leadership style and culture of the organisation needed to become more inclusive and engaged with its employees in order to improve performance in a rapidly changing market.

Read the full Case Study on this major, successful piece of work.

We are pleased to report that, when asked “would you recommend this programme to a colleague?” 93% of WMPF participants said “YES”

“This was an excellent development opportunity which should be offered across the Pension Service as it would enable managers and staff to learn more about the impact they have on peers and colleagues, which would contribute towards changing the culture of the organisation!”     Testimonial from in-house review.

Board Level Change

 “”Leadership at all levels is the main driver of staff engagement since leaders set the tone and climate and are in the position of being able to create, or otherwise, the bond between staff and the organisation.”‘ Lady Berkeley, (Julia Clarke.)

THE RIDGEWAY PARTNERSHIP in Oxfordshire specialises in services for people with learning disabilities and other complex needs in Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties. During a process of Board Level change, LeaderShape introduced the CEO, Julia Clarke, to new ideas regarding the role of Emotional Intelligence and leadership styles. Julia outlines her concerns that she thought the Board might not have had the necessary skillset to create a performance enhancing culture, but she learned something entirely different from the programme that ensued.

Interview - Lady Berkeley, CEO
Interview – Lady Berkeley, CEO

Julia says LeaderShape were courageous enough to tell her something she wasn’t expecting; she was so impressed by what she learned, she went on to help set up LeaderShape’s healthcare team. You can read the full Ridgeway Partnership Case Study and learn more about how LeaderShape’s vast experience in Board level executive coaching can benefit your organisation.

N.B. Ridgeway Partnership has merged with Southern Health since this strategic work.