How business leaders can ‘get motivated and be inspired’
Working with one of my clients last week he told me that from my leadership workshops he gets ‘motivated and inspired’ to develop his business and his leadership skills. This is valuable and recurring feedback from my delegates. Therefore let me share with you how I achieve this delivery goal in my leadership workshops for 5 key leadership development areas?
1. Personal Development Plan
All my workshops are interactive and start with individual introductions. I facilitate the discussion on individual skills and interests and constantly match this to their personal development during the workshop. Together we identify personal goals, organisational goals and the demands of the current job role. I facilitate the learning and add valuable and relevant business and leadership experience to our discussions for the benefit of individual understanding. The workshop interaction and the personal development tools I provide enable personal development planning within their own life and workplace. I sow the seed, provide the tools and add weight to the priorities. My delegates take away action points for their personal and leadership development.
2. Organisational Vision and Goals
The workshop groups are made up of established and aspiring managers and leaders of small and large organisations. Therefore an understanding of organisational vision and goals and how they are arrived at is important to their leadership development. The group discuss how an organisation promotes its vision for their business sector, their ethics and the values they promote. It is interesting how often vision statements and company goals are taken as read or seen as just a promotional image in their business sector. The leaders refer to the wording of their own organisation’s vision and goals; mobile phones are switched on to check their organisation’s website information. By discussion of how vision and goals are supported and encouraged within their organisation and leadership responsibilities we reflect on opportunities for improvement. Referring to examples of large well known organisations helps delegates to understand how effectively visions and goals are delivered and we compare these to their own. Small Business leaders often go away, rethink and rewrite new visions and goals. Other leaders gain comfort that their own organisation’s vision and goals are easy to follow and uphold but they must review their leadership development to deliver them.
3. Business Planning
Whether they are leaders of small businesses or have a management area of responsibility in large organisations, the skill of business planning is a valuable tool. Our group discussion focuses on the format of a business plan and how it is supported by organisational policy and procedure and promoted to employees. Again individual personal reflection and my own experience stimulate the group discussion. Reference to the old adage ‘if you don’t know where you are going, how will you know that you have got there?’ promotes the importance of this planning tool. This topic leads us into managing operations and setting SMART objectives, productivity, managing quality, their sector standards and the challenges the leaders encounter. An action point will be two fold: To review or create the business plan for their area of responsibility and their leadership of the planning and delivery. I provide the tools and the information but advise that they check their organisation’s established business planning tools and support their own organisational values and goals.
4. Productive working relationships
With the business plan in place, discussion on the systems to support those including policies and procedures, we focus on the working relationships which are developed to achieve the business goals and objectives. The group discusses the important interaction with their internal and external work colleagues. We build on the good practice in communications and techniques for managing conflict and their day to day application. The opportunity for group activities, as used throughout the workshops, and individual questions and answers promote the importance of the development of these relationships. The value and importance of working relationships, expressed as a marketing tool for ‘word of mouth’ publicity on the good communications practice experienced from their organisation, often becomes a new objective for the leaders.
5. Continuous improvement
An organisation should have a system for continuous improvement to develop and progress the business. Our group discussion focuses on sector and organisational challenges, areas for improvement and sector priorities. With reference to good practice techniques and tools, relevant case studies, we discuss the benefits which have and could be achieved through planned continuous improvement objectives. An action plan discussed by the group for their leadership and business development promotes a realistic approach on what objectives individuals can take forward from the session.
As part of my company’s own continuous improvement, LinQs are providing free and easy access to further leadership group discussion to the growing number of our ‘motivated and inspired’ LinQs Leaders with their exclusive members’ only Facebook page.
LinQs Leaders working towards a leadership award or business development goal receive a tailored programme to match their leadership development. LinQs provide a blended learning approach of workshops, workbooks, online learning, coaching and support for individual learning styles and personal development. For further information on you development areas Contact Us