Strategic leadership and management development short courses

Coaching yourself successfully through change – the RIDFEAR® way

Free half-day taster event – Jan 12th p.m.

In this time of change we are all facing new and different challenges: uncertainty and change at work; unfulfilling careers or relationships; financial pressures, or maybe just our general loss of direction in life.

The one person best placed to look after your life, career and future is you.

This short taster workshop will help you begin the process of living the life you want and also take you through the methodology behind our COACH YOURSELF THROUGH CHANGE course – an innovative, two day course designed to give you control in this uncertain world.

Book on Eventbrite here for this free event.

Improving Productivity – Where do you begin?

Free half-day taster event – Jan 12th a.m.

If you want to improve productivity either to stay in business, increase output from scarce resources, improve margins/profit or pay higher wages, then where and how do you start?

  • The first obvious, but not very clever options are cost-cutting, wage suppression, job sharing, redundancies and just working harder and faster. But what are you going to do when eventually all these options are exhausted – as you’re probably already discovering.
  • You could then run around like the preverbial headless chicken randomly ‘fixing’ whatever appears to be the problem?
  • Or you could step back, spend half a day on this free ‘21st Century Leaders‘ taster workshop and gain some valuable insights into determining where your ‘bottlenecks’ are, how they are strangling your output and then consider how you can elevate them to improve your throughput and raise productivity.

Alternatively you could do nothing! Good luck with that one……

Book on Eventbrite here for this free event.

Leading in the New Normal – Have you got what it takes? – Nov 24th

Have you got what it takes?‘ is a unique workshop that explores how you compare against the key attributes that make for successful intrapreneurs or entirepreneurs. These are those incredible, transformative, versatile individuals who successfully combine the skill sets of entrepreneur, manager and leader to build and develop outstanding organisations in today’s complex business world called the New Normal.

In this intensive, short workshop, co-hosted by John Thompson, Emeritus Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Huddersfield and David Broadhead, founder of Partners in Management, you will;

  • Appreciate the implications of the New Normal business world.
  • Explore the concept of intrapreneurship, in other words the entire-preneur.
  • Self-score yourself against the proven key attributes of Talent, Temperament, Technique and Discernment, that are proven attributes to getting things done.
  • Plan your own appropriate future development, understanding why.

Using the proven methodology behind The Entirepreneur and the analogy of a deck of playing cards, you will determine;

  • How strong is your hand?
  • How balanced is your hand?
  • What’s missing?
  • Can you find these attributes in a colleague?
  • Can you build and improve your hand?
  • Do you care enough to do it?

As this is a special launch event for this new joint venture, all participants will also receive a signed copy from John of his book ‘The Entirepreneur.’ They will also be entitled to a £100 discount off the next ‘21st Century Leaders‘ course, should they decide to take their personal career development to the next level.


Breakfast and networking is at 8.30 prior to the workshop commencing at 9.00 a.m.

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Has the apprenticeship levy damaged learning and development? – Nov 17th

A provocative title maybe but the Apprenticeship Levy has significantly disrupted the learning and development strategy in a large number of organisations. If it hasn’t in yours yet, then why not?

The UK has a critical skills shortage and subsequent productivity problem. The Apprenticeship Levy has been introduced as one way to overcome this long term skills crisis. However, anecdotal evidence so far would suggest that this is not entirely the case, and it may actually be counter productive. This event is intended to be an open discussion where we can establish reality and suggest alternatives if they are required.

A Government Commons education and business select committee, the British Chambers of Commerce and the Institute for Fiscal Studies have all expressed various concerns about the Levy. So, since the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, can we determine amongst others;

  • Have organisations cut back on essential short term training?
  • Have organisations cut back on future focused training?
  • Have providers experienced reductions in participant numbers and delivery expertise?
  • Is the focus now on utilising the levy rather than overcoming critical skill shortages, particularly in leadership and management?
  • Has the focus shifted away from recruiting younger staff to training existing older employees?
  • Are apprenticeships the right solution to resolve the re-training needs of the over 40’s?
  • Should the levy support more focussed, shorter, accredited courses with less extensive time commitment and assessment?

There is a nominal £10 charge to cover refreshments and ensure commitment as places are limited. Any surplus income will be donated to charity afterwards.

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Solving our productivity crisis by developing Intrapreneurs – not MBA’s – Sep 15th

Leader looking for new ideas

A thought-provoking free workshop exploring why we need Intrapreneurs not MBA’s, and how we can affordably develop them.

This short, thought-provoking session will explain the concept of Intrapreneurship, the combination of leadership, managerial and entrepreneurial skills, that historically has been the real driver of innovation, growth and prosperity. It will also explore our CMI recognised ’21st Century Leaders’ course and how it’s unique approach helps develop true intrapreneurs.

If you think developing management skills is a pointless exercise, have a read of our blog article for an alternate view

  • The event will take place 13.30 start and 16.00 on Friday 15th September 2017 at the Media Centre, Huddersfield HD1 1RL
  • Click here for more details and Eventbrite on-line booking.

Fourth Revolution Organisational Learning and Knowledge Management – Sep 8th

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is evolving at an exponential rather than a linear pace whilst disrupting almost every industry across the globe and transforming entire systems of production, management and governance.

Is organisational learning currently evolving at the same rate? How will it cope with the emerging technology breakthroughs in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, the internet of things, autonomous vehicles, 3-D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, materials science, energy storage, quantum computing and, of course, cyber-crime.

Our 20th century Taylorist production line learning and knowledge management systems are fatally flawed in 21st century ‘knowledge worker’ organisations in which most individuals have probably reached ‘peak memory’ and are overloaded by both information and process. So;

  • How do we maximise learning in both individuals and organisations from a formal, informal and collaborative perspective?
  • How do we generate, capture, share and profit from knowledge in the most cost and time effective ways?
  • How does the learning profession adapt and facilitate collaborative systems?

In collaboration with Noddlepod, these are the questions we will try and begin to answer through a mixture of guest presentations, open forum discussions, system demonstrations and case studies.

‘The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn.’ – Alvin Toffler

  • The event will take place between 9.00 for 9.30 start and 12.30 on Friday 8th September 2017 at the Media Centre, Huddersfield HD1 1RL
  • Click here for more details and Eventbrite on-line booking.

Recruiting and re-skilling the over 50’s

By 2020, one in three of the working age population will be 50 or older. By 2030, half of all adults will be 50 or older.

The UK is facing a massive skills gap and older workers are vital to filling it but yet less than a fifth of over-50’s receive workplace training compared to two fifths for the over 35’s. More than 50% of the over 50’s are forced out of their jobs, much higher than any other age group.

Leading employers like Barclays, Aviva, Atos, Mercer and the Co-operative Group have pledged to increase the number of their older staff by 12% within five years.

The over 50’s have so much to offer, but how do we make the most of their talent, knowledge, experience and goodwill in a rapidly evolving world?

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Mature Apprenticeships & Levy Funding

A discussion session for leaders and practitioners who want to explore how changes to funding through the new apprenticeship levy and trailblazer apprenticeships can support the skills development of their entire workforce. There will be a particular focus on management and leadership development throughout, this being an issue many organisations are likely to address first.

  • The event will take place between 8.30 and 12.20 on Friday 27th January 2017 at the Media Centre, Huddersfield.

Investment: £10 including refreshments and light breakfast.

  • Click here for more details and on-line booking.

2017 – What could possibly happen next?

adult-education-concept-effective-learning-style-brain-storming-self-contained-problem-solving-52237238‘The future has a way of arriving unannounced.’

George Will

If 2016 has thrown up a few surprises like Leicester City, Brexit and President-Elect Trump, then what could 2017 have in store for us?

Whilst obviously no-one can accurately predict the future, it might be possible to anticipate certain alternative events or outcomes, and then potentially plan for them accordingly. That way we are less likely, both personally and in our organisations, to be caught out by the unknown unknowns!
A snap general election, the pound at parity with the dollar, Brexit alternatives, the EU fragmenting, the decline of social media, alien invasions or Huddersfield Town winning the Championship?
Who knows what we will discuss at our final event of 2016, supported by FSB Kirklees as well as the CMI on this occasion, but as ever, we expect lively debate and discussion throughout!
As always we will be continuing our deliberations and social networking afterwards at The Head of Steam…..
For more information contact David Broadhead: or call 01484 500404

Online booking: 

Time: 13.30 / 16.30 Friday December 2nd – The Media Centre, Huddersfield HD1 1RL