Management development is important to businesses who want to take a proactive approach to growth. Training opportunities increase employee retention and motivate employees, resulting in a knowledge and driven workforce. If your business is to grow, you need to invest in the most asset, your employees, and upskilling is an essential growth strategy which can be successfully initiated with our help.
Develop a culture of innovation
Your managers have a thorough knowledge of your business and they are some of the best-placed people to be suggested new products, services or improvements. With training and confidence, you can develop a team of innovation managers, which will ultimately lead the way in business improvement and product development.
Retain your best employees
Employees want to feel as though they are progressing in their chosen career path and improving their skill-set. Ensure you invest in your employee’s professional development. If you fail to do so, this could lead to your employees leaving in search for other opportunities. After all, if employees feel you are investing in their future, they will be more willing to remain where they are, ultimately reducing your costs.
Gain competitive advantage
Maintaining a competitive advantage against your competition is vital. Ensure your managers are equipped with the essential skill sin order to distinguish your business from competition. Whether it is a short intervention to instantly improve an individual or a company-wide training programme, we are able to successful development your managers.
Management succession planning allows a business to keep moving forward when the inevitable occurs. Succession planning encourages staff development and makes employees aware that you are serious about developing people. Having a successor from within the company can also save time and expenses as well as aiding continuity.
Pattonair is a leading global Aerospace and Defence supply chain service provider – working with a wide range of customers across the world with over 40 years of experience in the industry. With its headquarter in Derby, the company employs around 1,000 people in the UK, USA, Singapore, France and Italy.
Having grown significantly over the past four years and invested heavily in the development of processes and procedures, Pattonair identified the need to develop leadership and management skills across the company.
Pattonair has a policy of promoting from within the company and recognised that a training programme was required to support senior managers whether they were recently in post or had been in that position for longer periods of time.
Although the company supports staff with practical training through apprenticeships and higher education support and whilst senior managers were promoted on the strength of their ability to do the job – there was widespread recognition that the softer skills of people management and team motivation often needed to be addressed.
The company also recognised that, in a competitive recruitment market, it was important to clearly demonstrate to applicants that Pattonair is a company that values and invests in its workforce.
Pattonair worked with us to develop the bespoke PILOT programme – focusing on the ‘softer skills’ linked to relationship building, such as communication, personality profiling, delegation and conflict resolution.
The objective was to support senior managers in their role and to give them the ability to better manage and disseminate skills across their teams to increase efficiency, raise standards and boost productivity.
The company therefore brought together 70 managers from across the company for a series of monthly training sessions over 12 months.
The programme is unique in a number of ways.
It is bespoke to the company with all theoretical training directly linked back to the company ethos and practice.
PILOT was developed in line with the company’s core values and behaviours which are at the heart of the company’s operations:
- Building with integrity, fairness and trust
- Challenge and innovate
- Always putting outstanding service first
- Making ambition work
PILOT was totally inclusive and open to all senior managers regardless of their previous qualifications and training with graduates working alongside vocationally-trained former shopfloor workers who had worked their way up into management roles.
Managers from across the business were divided into groups – enabling them to work with colleagues from different aspects of the business.
Training was classroom based our associates travelling to the USA and Singapore to deliver training there and then European managers travelling to Derby College for the majority of training.
The final sessions, focusing on Pattonair’s financial and achieving zero defects models, were held in- house.
The programme concludes with each team completing a community project which has so far included refurbishment work at a homeless charity’s premises, maintenance projects at an animal sanctuary and dry stone walling in the Derbyshire Dales.
Due to the positive feedback received so far, Pattonair has already returned to us to launch Co-Pilot, which is aimed at section leaders and is planning Auto Pilot as a follow up with the management teams to embed further learning into the workforce development programme.
Pattonair will also be working with Derby College to allocate its employer apprenticeship levy on the expansion of its apprenticeship programme (for young apprentices and for existing staff). This will continue the shopfloor training programmes including warehousing and business improvement techniques and expand into new customer service and administration apprenticeships.
Have you ever considered your own leadership style? According to findings, there are four fundamental leadership styles, these being Pragmatist, Idealist, Steward and Diplomat. Leaders can be effective or ineffective with each of these four styles, and there are vast amounts of subtle variations which can determine what kind of a leader a person is.
We take a look at the defining features of all four categories – Can you identify your leadership style?
• High standards and expect themselves and their employees to meet those
• Driven and competitive
• Bold thinkers
• Least common of all leadership styles.
• High-energy achievers
• Believe in the positive potential of everyone
• Want to learn and grow
• Open minded
• Prize creativity from themselves and others.
• Loyal and helpful
• Values rules, process and cooperation
• Stabilising and calming.
• Kind, social and giving
• Typically develop deep personal bonds with their employees
• Resolve conflicts peacefully
• Socially adept.
There isn’t a correct style of leadership and it certainly cannot be defined into a specific role. Often leaders today take defining features from each style in order to develop their own leadership style and capabilities. It’s incredibly important to understand your own style as you can then start to think about how to develop this further to achieve even greater results.
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