Do Managers think that the British can remain tight-lipped about the election in the workplace?

With a very close election coming in just under two weeks’ time, a survey of Managers by Impellus reveals the impact it is having in the workplace.

With predictions of a high turnout and a close result it’s not surprising to find that almost exactly three quarters of Managers are expecting that the election will become a topic of conversation in the workplace. Most of these conversations are expected to stay restrained though, with only one in ten Managers expecting there to be negative consequences on productivity because of the election.

 

How do Managers think voting patterns differ between them and their staff?

Maybe no negative consequences are anticipated because it would appear that Managers expect that within their organisations there’s little difference overall in the way in which they and their staff might choose to vote. 72% of Managers said it was unlikely that the election would cause a ‘them and us’ situation between management and their staff.

If Managers weren’t greatly expecting workplace political differences, though, they were expecting that there would be a difference between whether Managers and their staff would actually go and vote. A staggering 82% of Managers are expecting to vote themselves, but only 66% think it’s likely that most of their staff will vote. Either way, those figures would represent a very high turnout.

 

Managers expect to give staff time to vote on the day

On polling day a third of Managers are expecting to be generous and allow staff to vote during office hours, and one in five were undecided as to whether to allow it. That would mean that up to 50% of all staff could be allowed to vote during working hours.

 

Cultural values at work

The survey shows that despite a hotly contended election and the ‘return’ to left- and right-wing politics, the British practice of not getting drawn on politics in the workplace is alive and well. It also shows that within many organisations it is anticipated – correctly or otherwise – that people are working with others of similar values regardless of whether they are at different levels.

 

 

For those not tasked with managing the government in the United Kingdom, Impellus offer training in Leadership Skills Development, an essential course for everyone in management.

Management Myths – #1: Leading by example

Common myths surrounding management and leadership which we regularly uncover and challenge on our management training courses. They’re usually handed down like old wives tales and can become mental barriers to high performance.

 

#1: Leading by example

“Leading by example” is one of those phrases which is easily banded about and normally generates nods of unequivocal agreement. But there are two distinctly different ways of looking at this – one is helpful, the other can ruin your success as a Manager or Leader.

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Leading by example. As it says it’s about ‘leadership’ and ‘example’. Not to be confused with ‘doing it instead of somebody else’

The crux of it is how we understand example.

Leading by example is useful when we set how we want things done. The example is the work ethic, the care level, the dedication and the focus (on sales, quality, service, margins, punctuality, process or whatever you choose). In other words leading by example is a fundamental principal of good management and leadership when the example provides the culture.

The myth is that leading by example means doing the tasks you should be asking others to do.

This sucks your times away from the management and leadership activities which are most valuable. It turns you away from being a Manager in to an expensive operative. It can destroy authority. It shatters focus and it can even undermine you and disengage team members.

As unsurprising as it sounds then, leading by example is about ‘leading’ and ‘example’! Not, as the myth would have it, ‘doing instead’.

 

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‘First class’ management training helping Young Enterprise to lead by example

Young Enterprise are proactively developing the leadership skills of key Managers. By employing management training experts Impellus to enhance team performance they are really delivering on their core values.

A team of five Managers from the UK’s largest business and enterprise education charity came to an Impellus’ open training course with the objective to develop their management and, more specifically, leadership skills, which will aid more effective communication and greater motivation amongst staff.

 

Commenting on the style of management training YE were looking for, Head of HR and Volunteer Support Kevin Cull reported that the open course format Impellus provide delivered exactly what they were after; the blend of theory and practical examples allowing Managers to apply learning on the day to their specific requirements.YE management training courses Impellus

‘All five Managers described the training as quite superb, not only in terms of its organisation and trainers – both of which were first class – but also the course content which was outstanding in every respect’, commented Cull.

Cull went on to say that Impellus, who are an ILM Approved Training Centre, has helped YEs Managers develop ‘significantly more skills in which to lead their teams’, a viewpoint shared by senior Managers who attended the course in London on 10th February.

Senior Development Manager James Chappell described the practical examples of skills as ‘thought-provoking and relevant to the workplace’, while Head of Marketing and Events Julie Morrow said she came away with ‘more confidence’.

 

Further to Managers developing their leadership skills, Impellus spokesman George Squires praised YE for their proactive demonstration of delivering on their core principle of ‘learning by doing’.

‘The steps Young Enterprise have taken to develop its management team shows a real connection with its values of learning and applying practical skills to succeed’, said Squires.

Squires also underlined the enthusiasm expressed to bring new leadership skills back into the charity will have a more profound, long term impact on performance for YE.

‘Aligning behaviours and beliefs builds stronger relationships between Managers and their teams, thus working by organisational values has a deeper and long lasting impact on culture and performance. This not only influences a harmonious environment but motivates staff and Managers alike to realise their potential.’

Construction industry building strong future with Management Training

Businesses from right across the construction industry are investing in their management teams to consolidate growth and ensure that talented staff are hired and retained.

A number of high profile Executives from the sector have warned recently that ignoring skills development may have serious economic consequences. Madani Sow, CEO of Bouygues UK, went as far as to say that a lack of skills development could even undermine the whole sector as a contributor to the UK economy.

Developing talent – particularly at a management level – is seen as a key challenge and many firms are working out that developing from within provides a competitive advantage over the alternatives of unreasonably higher salaries, less skilled employees and staff churn.

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Impellus – one of the UK’s largest management training companies – has recently reported a 300% increase in activity from the construction sector in just 12 months. Its clients include large players such as Taylor Wimpey and Travis Perkins (both of whom reported significant profit increases in February) as well as a number of specialist companies from the sector.

Helen Ash of LUC, a fast-growing environmental planning agency, has recently chosen Impellus to deliver training to its management teams across the country. Ash cited stronger workplace practices and greater strategic awareness throughout the management team as being core to the company’s decision to invest in training.

Jon Dean of Impellus said, “Companies from the construction industry are waking up to the fact that there’s a serious financial gain to be had by upskilling management teams. Companies of all sizes and professions within the sector are also taking advantage of the 50% funding that’s available to them on certain management training courses too”.

Impellus to launch Personal and Professional Impact course for key staff and aspiring Managers

New ILM Level 2 course to support management training and development at all levels

Personal and Professional Impact is the new leadership and management training course for key staff and aspiring managers is available to book from Wednesday 25th February 2015.

50% funding is available towards the course, including the option to take as part of an ILM Level 2 Award.

 

Here is the course outline, scheduled dates and venues:

 

Personal and Professional Impact

Discover and implement the skills that turn proficient and aspirational individuals into high-performing team members and team leaders.

 

Who is it for?

A one-day training course for proficient staff members who are looking to either work more effectively to increase the impact they have on their organisation or work at a more senior level within their team.

 

What does it cover?

The course covers the key skills that turn a competent individual into an effective team player or aspiring team leader. Delegates study how effective teams perform, the ways in which they communicate and the practices that allow focus and openness around performance feedback without creating conflict or miscommunication.

 

What will delegates be able to do differently?

  • Be able to encourage and drive teamwork amongst peers
  • Communicate with colleagues and Managers more effectively
  • Be able to assess own performance as well as that of others
  • Establish how to improve personal impact on current job role
  • Provide feedback on performance and encourage higher contributions from others
  • Help overcome conflict within the team

 

Programme overview

  • Understanding the characteristics of high performance teams and how to achieve them
  • Establish how individuals strengths can be uncovered and channelled
  • How to enhance your own performance and impact
  • Identifying and tackling the barriers to effective communication
  • Methods for communicating and providing feedback at different levels
  • Skills to avoid or reduce conflict in the workplace

 

ILM Level 2 Award in Effective Team Member Skills

Management Training Courses. ILM Level 2 Award in Leadership and Management. Impellus.

 

launch dates:

  • 8th May – Birmingham – SOLD OUT
  • 12th May – Newcastle – SOLD OUT
  • 28th May – London (Holborn) – SOLD OUT
  • 16th July – Manchester – SOLD OUT

This course will be charged as one delegate day (£299.50 +VAT). If you would like to take the Level 2 Award programme an additional delegate day will be charged for ILM registration, follow-up, assessment and marking.

LUC sees the foundations for growth in its management team

LUC, a specialist environmental consultancy, has announced a major investment in its management team by enrolling them on the Impellus ILM Award programme as the company continues to deliver on its corporate strategy.


In order to continue its successful growth strategy the company understands that engaging Managers with the vision of the business will help it to foster a culture of continuous improvement.LUC-Impellus-Management-training

The company’s HR Manager Helen Ash reported at the launch, ‘We were looking for a programme that would deliver structured management training courses and provide a high quality experience for our Managers’.

‘Selecting the right training is important’, continued Ash, ‘so we trialled an Impellus course first to judge everything from the learning environment to the quality of the trainers’.

LUC has offices across the UK and wants to ensure that Managers facing the challenges of growth will continue to assert their competitive edge. Impellus were able to provide open management training courses in the same geographic areas as LUC’s offices – chiefly London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Bristol –which also provided opportunities for Managers to network with peers from other sectors.

‘Networking with Managers from other sectors has the hidden benefit of showing our people that the challenges of leadership are universal and not an LUC or industry-specific issue’.

At the launch, George Squires of Impellus said, ‘We’re delighted to be able to provide such an ambitious company with the tools their Managers require to develop further. The ILM Awards will provide more competitive edge for LUC through stronger workplace practices and greater strategic awareness and understanding of its external environment.’

LUC is looking to have a fully accredited management team by the end of 2015.

Impellus to launch Personal and Professional Impact course for key staff and aspiring Managers

New ILM Level 2 course to support management training and development at all levels

The new leadership and management training programme for key staff and aspiring managers is available to book from Wednesday 25th February 2015.

50% funding is available towards the course, including the option to take as part of an ILM Level 2 Award.

 

The programme is set to launch in April 2015. Here is the course outline, scheduled dates and venues:

 

Personal and Professional Impact

Discover and implement the skills that turn proficient and aspirational individuals into high-performing team members and team leaders.

 

Who is it for?

A one-day training course for proficient staff members who are looking to either work more effectively to increase the impact they have on their organisation or work at a more senior level within their team.

 

What does it cover?

The course covers the key skills that turn a competent individual into an effective team player or aspiring team leader. Delegates study how effective teams perform, the ways in which they communicate and the practices that allow focus and openness around performance feedback without creating conflict or miscommunication.

 

What will delegates be able to do differently?

  • Be able to encourage and drive teamwork amongst peers
  • Communicate with colleagues and Managers more effectively
  • Be able to assess own performance as well as that of others
  • Establish how to improve personal impact on current job role
  • Provide feedback on performance and encourage higher contributions from others
  • Help overcome conflict within the team

 

Programme overview

  • Understanding the characteristics of high performance teams and how to achieve them
  • Establish how individuals strengths can be uncovered and channelled
  • How to enhance your own performance and impact
  • Identifying and tackling the barriers to effective communication
  • Methods for communicating and providing feedback at different levels
  • Skills to avoid or reduce conflict in the workplace

 

ILM Level 2 Award in Effective Team Member Skills

Management Training Courses. ILM Level 2 Award in Leadership and Management. Impellus.

 

Scheduled dates:

  • 8th May – Birmingham
  • 12th May – Newcastle
  • 28th May – London (Holborn)
  • 16th July – Manchester

This course will be charged as one delegate day (£299.50 +VAT). If you would like to take the Level 2 Award programme an additional delegate day will be charged for ILM registration, follow-up, assessment and marking.

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.

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‘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’.

The £88bn return on Management Training investment

A recent study suggests that a lack of ‘soft skills’ training is costing the UK economy a staggering £88bn per year. Soft skills, most notably management training, have a big impact on productivity, and productivity in the UK is below the rate of many other leading nations.

 

The report, backed by the CBI, concludes that investment in management training and areas such as communication, team work, time management and leadership skills could provide the last piece in the much discussed ‘productivity puzzle’. By investing in management training, companies can see a significant return on their training investment as Managers derive greater productivity from their staff. In times when productivity holds such prizes, organisations investing now can deliver excellent return on the management training investment.

 

Leading businesses agree.

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NGK Spark Plugs, the brand leader in the UK spark plug market, has recently invested in a two-year management training programme with Impellus. The company has identified that encouraging Managers to create motivated and effective teams will yield strong long-term results.

 

Impellus Operations Manager, David Shimkus, commented, “We’re not surprised by these recent findings. With the UK lagging behind in terms of productivity there’s a real financial incentive for businesses to invest in management training courses and skills development. Add to that the 50% funding that’s available on many of our open management training courses and our clients are reaping rich rewards”

Management training 16.3% more effective in January

Impellus study discovers management training turns resolutions into results

 

New Year’s resolutions are typically associated with poorly-considered personal promises. Not in the world of leadership and management training it would appear. A study by Impellus, an ILM Approved Centre, reveals that Managers who undertake leadership and management training in January are more likely to take real action.

 

A study of over 2,000 Managers* reveals that the impact of training leaps by 16.3% when taken in January. Analysing when Managers attended their training, there was a significant rise in those stating that they were putting new skills directly back into the workplace when trained at the beginning of the year.

 

Is this just a coincidence, or is the New Year vigour helping Managers commit to making a real difference in their role? It would appear that the drive to implement change and resolution needs structure. Training provides Managers with the framework and processes to implement their goals, thus management training in January really is likely to give a better result.

 

So what are your Managers’ New Year’s resolutions? Training Managers with the desire for improvement now should provide a measurable and lasting impact in 2015.

 

*Sample of 2,337 Managers who have participated in Impellus Leadership and Management training.