In a recent webinar we participated in, it was suggested that in the next ten years, 50% of jobs will require new skills. This is music to a business trainer’s ears, but exactly what kinds of skills development are we talking about?
With the rise of digital working, competency in these areas is essential, although not necessarily in the form of programmers or coders. What we are talking about is digital thinkers, and such people need to have ‘human skills’ to bridge the ever-developing technology that many businesses use.
Developing leadership and management skills is the overarching umbrella for a business that wishes to develop the organisation as a whole – its senior people, its teams, its business performance - and there are numerous leadership programmes available for those who want them.
But how do you know that your leadership development is taking into account the skills development you will need for the future?
We know that effective leadership can be learned and that leaders are made, not born, although like the saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, it isn’t something that can be addressed on a 2-day course with some handouts.
Making the changes that you need to employ in order to develop yourself to be the best you can be takes time. It requires developing critical thinking skills in order to be able to reflect on your thoughts or actions and try a different approach when needed and problem-solve with your teams; it requires communication skills in order to develop your teams to be the best that they can be; and it requires knowledge management to improve your business performance and create a step-change in the engagement of your people.
Our leadership programme, LEAD™, takes you on your own journey that goes much deeper than just learning about leadership and management. We work with you over many months and help to deconstruct why you lead or manage in the way that you do, reflect on what kind of leader or manager you need to be in order to deliver in your business, and the steps you need to take to get there. We work with you in a group of like-minded professionals where you also learn from each other and create life-long business relationships, and we work with you individually in monthly coaching and mentoring sessions where you train and practise finding the solutions to the issues or challenges you are facing in your role.
We also provide the opportunity to shadow and be shadowed by a partner in your group, providing one of the most powerful and privileged access points to other businesses. Working in this wider Community of Practice provides you the discussion and the social learning you need to test and develop your ideas.
The two main ‘learning’ methods that describe our way of working is experiential and work based. This means that everything you work on to develop yourself personally and professionally, everything you implement in your business, and every tool you are given to achieve this is directly relevant to you and your organisation, and is carried out by doing it in your organisation, for your organisation. This also means that you don’t need to have any previous qualifications to join our programmes, because it is your professional experience that counts.
One of our recent programme participants shared the following with us, “Working with QuoLux™ allows you to grow both personally and professionally in a safe environment with like-minded people who all support each other. Each Masterclass had something to offer me and our business that was simple, practical and usually cost-free to implement. Since completing LEAD™ I am more focused, determined and confident than ever before and this is solely down to the excellent coaching, the sincere peer support and the practical tools delivered by every expert I met on the way.” – Nicola Bird, Safety & Business Development Director, Bell Contracting.
The well-known saying, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and he can feed his family for a lifetime” conveys so well what we achieve with our development and training. We don’t just help you to learn what you need to know, we coach you how to incorporate and develop these skills into your everyday professional practice; we develop you to develop yourself and your teams.
Afterall, we believe that being an effective leader is about increasing your self-belief and your confidence; it is about inspiring belief in your team, providing them with a sense of purpose allowing them to go further than they thought possible.
We’d love to hear from you so please get in touch here with Jo Draper or Dr Stewart Barnes and speak to them about joining our next programme. The November cohort is now full but applications are open for the April programme.