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Shaping an organisation’s culture and values

Developing an organisation’s culture and values

When managers and their business owners select units for level 7 Strategic Leadership course, Shape Organisational Culture and Values is a popular choice.  As most of our clients are in the service sector and even after years of being established service providers they strive to improve.  Recognising that at the heart of their improvement is their employee relations and customer service.  Which is impacted by their organisation’s culture and values.  Some of the managers have actually undertaken the unit of the award in a previous operational management qualification.  But want to lead changes for their organisation during their strategic leadership development.

Key areas for reflecting competency in shaping culture and values

To develop and execute this unit of competency and understanding the manager will need to focus on these key areas, which I will simplify:

  • Their communication strategy and practice
  • Their approach to change management
  • The potential for friction between the organisation and the individual’s culture and values
  • The SWOT of the culture including sub-cultures of their organisation
  • The areas of the culture developed
  • Other organisations approach to culture and values and examples developed in their own organisation

Learning from other organisations

Here I would like to share a quote from Simon Sinek, Author and motivational speaker, which states how culture is organisations is not the same as the product we believe we are purchasing:

‘Starbucks was founded around the experience and the environment of their stores. Starbucks was about a space with comfortable chairs, lots of power outlets, tables and desks at which we could work and the option to spend as much time in their stores as we wanted without any pressure to buy. The coffee was incidental.’

I like to throw these types of examples of famous businesses into our coaching and get the manager to look at other organisations. It’s important to get the managers to be aware, motivated and creative in their approach to their analysis and strategic plans for their own organisation.

Evidence of a strategy

So to meet the level 7 award unit criteria the manager then needs to provide evidence of how they have:

  1. Developed a vision, strategy and structures for influencing organisational culture and values
  2. Used leadership, interpersonal and communication skills and tools to influence organisational culture and values positively

I’ve seen this work presented in a number of different ways.  Firstly, within their Strategic Business Plan, where they first developed a strategy and plan. As from the outset to align culture and values was a goal with defined objectives to deliver their business strategy.  This often results in the developing their Workforce and Recruitment strategy. Also developing their branding and their Marketing Strategy. All of this supported by evidence of communications.  From consulting with colleagues, employees and customers using the range of analysis tools we provide. But most importantly reflected in their well-led improved quality audit standards.  Building and leading their continuous improvement strategy resulting in higher sales and profits.  Proving that once you start developing your culture and values it affects and improves all areas of your organisation.

This has been a reflection on coaching managers to achieve our ilm level 7 NVQ Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.  If you would like to know more about this award and how our coaching influences change you can talk to us on our Free Discovery Call or just email for further information.

Hot Summer 18 Level 7 Strategic Leadership Course

 

If you want to grow your strategic leadership skills and your business fast then join our Hot Summer 18 Level 7 Strategic Leadership Course.

Its summer, with its longer daylight hours, and a time to learn about strategy whilst you work in and on your business. So we have put together a strategic leadership acceleration programme. An online leadership course with an amazing saving.

The Course:

The ilm level 7 NVQ Diploma Strategic Management & Leadership is a postgraduate course delivered by our Coach and Assessor online with an ilm centre with Direct Claims.  LinQs have been working with managers since 2012 to apply the level 7 strategies in their business to grow their profits, shape their culture, their recruitment and retention, their quality, to gain tenders and market attention to their brand.  All of our successful level 7 candidates tell us about their increased confidence and ability to deliver strategies to their directors and colleagues. And their promotion to senior strategic leaders.  It you don’t believe it you can ask them or get a case study from us!

With Gill Bailey, our experienced business and leadership coach, you learn to create and execute a strategic business plan for your area of responsibility.  Together we match your goals for your business and personal development to the optional units of this award.

As an established or aspiring strategic leader you will:

  • meet the award criteria from work planned and delivered in your workplace.
  • need to be in a job role to be supported to work strategically.
  • work online with your coach
  • access easy to follow tried and tested plans and analysis tools to develop strategies for your workplace.
  • meet your coach for fortnightly online group coaching sessions, and
  • meet your coach monthly for an Ask the Expert call for assessment and support
  • work in your business to complete this course by December 2018

 

We do not require you to write assignments or hold a previous management qualification. We just need your commitment to attend regular coaching sessions, to follow our guidance and support and to deliver your planned work. And to help you manage your time all the group coaching sessions are recorded to enable you to follow up the learning in your own time and apply in your workplace.

What is the Cost

We are offering an amazing saving of £1,000 on our popular 1:1 coached level 7 programme so that for this group coaching you pay

JUST £1,995 OR the option of 4 X MONTHLY PAYMENTS. 

Which you can pay by direct debit, credit card and Paypal payments

(See our terms of payment)

And so what do you need to do to get more information on this Hot Summer 18 course offer….

For course details on this level 7 strategic leadership acceleration course to deliver strategies in your business from July 18.  Plus receive a complimentary  Free guide  ‘Get Ready to Deliver Strategy for Your Business’ follow the link below:

Register for your FREE Place on our next webinar date

 

Special Offer to put a March on your business and leadership growth

Is it time to grow your business and your leadership team?

Is it that time of year to put a ‘March’ on your business growth?  Do you need to review and make changes in your business but also need managers skilled to lead and take those plans forward.  Leaders who can create and execute the strategic plans to give the business a new future.

Here at LinQs we coach business owners and managers to grow their business.  As our leadership development training is also work based our level 7 Strategic Management and Leadership programme sits very nicely alongside the business growth coaching.  Because this programme includes one to one skills coaching and the assessment process to measure the manager’s competency in developing and executing the strategic business plan.  As we match the key objectives of the strategic business plan to the optional units of the award we therefore coach the manager to understand and deliver new skills areas. So if the plan requires for example the need to shape the culture, manage governance areas and a marketing strategy we coach the manager one to one to deliver those strategies. The advantage to both the business and the manager is that whilst the manager is working in the business they are working on the business and to attain a postgraduate qualification.  A qualification to add confidence and strength to your leadership team.

Here’s our March 2018 offer.

  1. Get your 1st month’s coaching free on our level 7 Strategic Leadership 121 online course, plus
  2. A free 121 growth session for another manager, plus
  3. A free copy of our profit strategy business book

Total value of the offer is £500+ which is only available for the 1st 10 registrations by 21 March 18

So how does the March offer work?

LinQs level 7 Strategic Leadership programme is all coached one to one online over 10 monthly sessions, with easy access to your learning plans, strategic analysis and plans templates. In March 2018 you would pay a one off registration fee including full assessment costs of £995, then pay £190 per month coaching session from your 2nd session.  This special offer gives you 10 sessions for the price of 9 sessions, so £190 free. Plus the one to one online coaching session for either a director or manager, valued at £297, and a copy of “How to Build the Passion and the Profits For Your Business” that retails at £14.99. Giving a special total value of £501.99.

Why are we doing this.  Well we’ve accessed commercial funding to finance leadership development. The timing is perfect as we want to make sure that after the Easter period we have a group of committed senior managers ready to grow their business.  What’s more that if managers register now and as previous candidates have achieved in 9 months, they could still be qualified in 2018, but certainly no later than March 2019.

LinQs want to help you by #makingbusinessgrow   Book a call or email to get more information 

News update of business growth funding in Lancashire

We’ve been informed of a new phase of Lancashire funding for business growth support for local, mainly business to business customer focused, small to medium sized businesses.

This is £5,000 of ERDF funding which will end next year. So you can be looking to develop your strategy, improvement processes, HR, competitive advantage, leadership, marketing and sales, new products or resource effectiveness with the support of professional consultancy.

The Funding

Phase 1 is FREE and delivered by the Funder to provide £2,000 worth of business analysis.

Phase 2 enables the business to access up to of 50% funding for a consultancy business growth project to the value of £6,000.

Funding for Strategic planning, Leadership and Marketing

LinQs have been working with funded business growth projects since we established our consultancy in 2001.  We pride ourselves in working with the latest easy to use resources to plan and enable SME business owners and their managers to execute profit making strategies.  Our expertise is in small to medium sized business development developing business owners and their leadership teams to undertake strategic planning, leadership, marketing, project planning and map their processes and quality systems to establish priorities in resource management.

Funding For Senior Leadership Development

LinQs coach senior managers, one to one, to an accredited postgraduate development standard covering over 18 management areas. This latest funding ceiling enables the business to have up to 2 senior managers coached at 50% of our cost. The senior managers on our programme execute a strategic business plan for their area of responsibility, reflecting competence matched to an international management development standard. This has proven an asset to the business leadership team, the CV, and business profiles when tendering for new contracts.

Access the funding

This ERDF Lancashire funding is subject to the organisation and agreed programme meeting the eligibility criteria of the funding terms. So we work closely with the funders management team and the business.  It’s also important that businesses move quickly to deliver their project using this ERDF funding which will end next year.

If you are interested in growing your business just contact us for a free chat and we can look at prospective business projects with you. With our long experience in business growth development, we will be able to guide you on the benefits to your business. 

Gill Bailey

Business Coach and Mentor

Author of ‘How to Build the Passion & the Profit For Your Business’