NGK Sparkplugs UK signs two-year Leadership and Management Training agreement with Impellus

NGK Sparkplugs UK have today announced a leadership and management training initiative designed to develop happier and more effective teams throughout the business.


Speaking at the launch event, attended by the whole UK Management Team and Jon Dean of Impellus, Marko Wowczyna, NGK’s Director of Automotive said that the company saw investment in management training as key to rising above many of the challenges faced in the sector.


‘Improving the already high standard of management within the organisation helps us to build a more engaged, happy and productive business and place to work for all of our staff’, said Wowczyna. He praised the company’s Managers for their strong leadership and announced that the initiative should help them develop further as a management team and as a business. The company is seeking to accredit every Manager in the organisation with an Institute of Leadership and Management Award.

On the decision to choose Impellus to deliver management training, HR Manager Christine Hurley said that the open course format offered by Impellus provided flexibility, national coverage and a unique opportunity for their Managers to meet peers from other organisations and industries. Hurley also cited the fact that newly appointed Managers could enjoy the same management training in the future as a major advantage for NGK.

Commenting after the launch, Jon Dean of Impellus said, ‘NGK are a worldwide leader in their marketplace who want to ensure they maintain that position through strong leadership and management. The ILM Award process will help them to bring skills directly back into their business which will provide benefits for their performance, their staff and their customers’.

Twitter – sharing the #training experience!

Twitter can hold the key to many business opportunities. We’re using it to open a new window into the Impellus management training experience.

Twitter is providing Impellus with the opportunity to engage with its customers and those interested in Leadership and Management training in a whole new way. We’re now able to share the interactive learning of our training courses with a wide audience through social interaction.

An opportunity for Impellus is to share action shots from our management training courses and give an insight into what we’re all about. We’re tweeting real-time action shots of our trainers delivering courses, Managers getting involved in training activities and images of our management training environments to bring the Impellus experience to life on a broader scale.

So to continue sharing the Impellus experience with those who haven’t been on our courses yet, here’s ten of our favourite leadership and management training snaps from across the UK in 2014.


Welcoming Managers for registration in Holborn, London

Welcoming Managers for registration in Holborn, London

A bright welcome to Managers in Bristol

A bright welcome to Managers in Bristol

Going through the gears - Impellus trainer explaining Situational Leadership styles

Going through the gears – Impellus trainer explaining Situational Leadership styles in Birmingham

Senior Managers making valuable notes to apply in their workplaces

Senior Managers in Leeds making valuable notes to apply in their workplaces

Managers having an enjoyable lunch in London

Managers having an enjoyable lunch in London

Enjoyable Learning - Managers working together to solve Team Game

Enjoyable Learning – Managers working together to solve Team Game

Interactive Training - Managers practicing their coaching skills in Birmingham

Interactive Management Training – Managers practicing their coaching skills in Birmingham

Interactive Training - Impellus trainers get involved in activities to support learning

Interactive Management Training – Impellus trainers get involved in activities to support learning

We always seek quality venues for our training courses - our venue in Manchester is no exception

We always seek quality management training venues –  Manchester

We always seek quality in our training venues - that's crystal clear!

We always seek quality in our management training venues – that’s crystal clear!


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Management Training – Does your Manager still have a lot to learn?

A major study by Impellus, a specialist leadership and management training company, shows that the UK’s Managers are secretly keen to develop their skills


At what point does a Manager feel they’ve been in their role so long that there’s nothing left to learn? Traditional thinking suggests that Managers who have a year or two’s experience in their roles should be competent.

But a study of nearly 2,000 Managers from all over the UK by Impellus, a leading provider of accredited leadership and management training and development, informs us otherwise.


If your boss could be better at their job it may be that they secretly know that too.

“Our research shows that even Managers who had been in the roles as long as 20 years report a measurable difference in their ability after engaging in structured development training”, said Jon Dean, Managing Director of Impellus.

“Most bosses are aware that they can improve. In fact our research shows that nearly nine out of ten Managers finds training has a significant impact on the day-to-day abilities to be a good boss.”


The research shows, however, that if you work for a boss who has been in the role for over twenty years you could be working for a Manager who feels they know it all.

“Whilst two thirds of Managers who have been in their roles for over twenty years still agreed that training helps them significantly in their roles, that’s still a marked drop off from those Managers who have been in the roles for up to twenty years”, concluded Dean.


So if your boss isn’t as effective as you think they should be, maybe they would benefit far more from some proper management training than they might admit!


Training - Managers continue learning

(Click thumbnail) Impact of training on Managers’ roles


Source: Impellus survey of 1,847 Managers who have completed ILM accredited Leadership and Management training, June 2013 – October 2014

For further information or journalist enquiries:

Quotes and background:     Jon Dean – 01727 790799
Research data:        George Squires – 01727 790794

When the latest Management idea doesn’t work

We note with interest that Zappos, a US online retailer of footwear owned by Amazon, is to embrace ‘holocracy’. Holocracy is a management ideal which suggests that everybody is co-dependent, teams are overlapping circles, and that happy workers breed happy customers.

HolocracyHolocracy as a management concept isn’t new, the term was first coined in 2007, but this coverage gives it exposure. Other businesses, organisations and consultancy groups have made claims to latest and greatest management methods in the past. Toyota shared lean manufacturing and GE its Six Sigma efficiency model. Quality was every consultant’s byword in the nineties, we’ve had the Spaghetti Organisation (honestly) and IBM are experimenting with ‘agile management’ in an attempt to be more like the lean start-ups of Silicon Valley.

So should you adopt the latest thing? Julian Birkinshaw of London Business School has studied management ideas and says that ‘Nine-tenths of the approximately 100 branded management ideas I’ve studied lost their popularity within a decade or so’. He also notes that even Google and its once-lauded “20% time” idea, where staff were given one day a week to work on projects, is quietly being sidelined.

Birkinshaw concludes that there’s no one-size fits all management ideal and it pays to at least be sceptical of ‘latest techniques’. Improving the core leadership skills of managers so they can provide the ability to adapt management and cultural norms to fit a department or organisation’s goals are the long-term keys to organisational success.

Legislation v Leadership is like the North Wind and the Sun

A recent study by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) shows that despite tighter rulings on working hours, a staggering 94% of the UK workforce claims to work more than their contracted hours with two thirds of them feeling pressurised to do so.

Of course this has been reported to show how ‘bosses’ are flouting the law and being irresponsible in the treatment of their staff.

We would agree with that prognosis in part, but it misses one sizeable and hugely significant finding. A third of those who work more than their contracted hours do so because, for one reason or another, they are motivated to do so.

In a parallel of Aesop’s Sun and the North Wind*, the study demonstrates that an organisation who’s management and leadership motivates and engages its staff can find that they are willing to give up some of their own time to continue work. Whatever the motivation; team dynamic and leadership; sense of achievement; career prospects; immediate financial gain; they remain in the workplace of their own free will.

The report stops short of suggesting whether these workers are more productive during their contracted hours, but it would be reasonable to assume that many are.

Together this demonstrates that if your business or organisation grudgingly pushes against legislative standards you might still be able to – illegally – gain a little extra time from your staff. However staff who feel motivated, engaged and valued will perform better for longer and be less likely to worry about contracted hours.

In a job market that’s becoming increasing competitive once more, your ability to honestly motivate the behaviours you’re after just like the sun did in the fable, has an even clearer competitive advantage.



* A fable describing how the north wind tries to lay claim to greater power than sun and challenges the sun to a duel by trying to blow the cloak off the back of a horse-riding traveller. The wind blows and blows but the traveller continues, holding on ever-harder to his cloak. When it is the turn of the sun, it simply shines. The horse-rider stops his horse and removes his cloak of his own will.