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:
- Developed a vision, strategy and structures for influencing organisational culture and values
- 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.
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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 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.
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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.
- Get your 1st month’s coaching free on our level 7 Strategic Leadership 121 online course, plus
- A free 121 growth session for another manager, plus
- 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.
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Last week I was coaching a senior manager in executing their strategic business plan for our level 7 Strategic Leadership Diploma programme. What struck me was how pleased they were to have quickly met a high level of competency in strategic planning from the quality of their work-based evidence. It was, of course, the results of their hard work over the last few months. But importantly it was evidence of a strategy created in and for their own organisation from working effectively.
7 key areas to consider in executing a strategic business plan
So to help those of you hard at work on your strategic business planning process here are 7 key areas we discussed to consider when executing your strategic plan.
- Have you taken account of your organisation’s structure to both identify key personnel and ensure they will be accountable for their areas of responsibility in the plan?
- How will you delegate the responsibilities to deliver the plan?
- Are your familiar with the practice of change management and what elements will you use to deliver the strategy?
- Which processes currently used in the business are to be changed to deliver the plan and what will that involve?
- What project management techniques do you need to use to monitor the execution of the plan?
- How will you prioritise the allocation of the resources required to deliver the plan?
- What tools will you use in managing the performance and the success of the plan?
A well-presented strategic business plan and key management practices and tools
A major factor in all of this is a well-presented strategic business plan. A plan that has gone through the riggers of consultation to gain the support of your organisation’s key stakeholders. A strategy which incorporates recognised management practices and tools. Our client was able to grow their expertise with coaching sessions, build on their own prior learning and experience. They also accessed easy to use resources including the template for their strategic business plan.
Execute your strategic business plan and get the work satisfaction factor
I hope this has helped you to confirm your readiness to execute your strategic business plan and I wish you every success. I also hope you experience that work satisfaction factor!
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