Leadership and management development courses for the 21st century

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.

Booking details can be found at – https://leading-in-the-new-normal.eventbrite.co.uk

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.

Book here: https://has-the-levy-damaged-learning-and-development.eventbrite.co.uk

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 https://yorkshirepowerhouse.com/guides/growing-a-business/management-skills/.

  • 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: david@partnersinmanagement.co.uk or call 01484 500404

Online booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/2017-what-could-possibly-happen-next-tickets-28861263817 

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

Last funding opportunities

The LEP Skills Service* has supported many employees of eligible regional businesses to undertake the ’21st Century Leaders’ intrapreneurial leadership and management development 50% Funding Options
programme with a 50% funding contribution. Similarly, the Kirklees Working Smarter Voucher scheme has contributed up to £1000 for employees of suitable Kirklees based businesses to join and complete the programme.

As these schemes will be ending in the near future, the final planned ’21st Century Leader’ programmes that will complete in the funding utilisation timeframe start February 2017 in Huddersfield and Barnsley.

Don’t miss these final funding opportunities to undertake this nationally recognised programme, with graduate/masters level qualification options if required.

* Leeds City Region comprises the following local authorities:

ISO 9001:2015 – Strategy & Leadership


‘Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.’

Henry Ford

The next topic in our series of CMI supported END Result free CPD sessions to be held on Friday December 2nd 2016 at The Media Centre, Huddersfield, will be that of the proposed revisions to ISO 9001.

Technology, globalisation, risk awareness, complex supply chains and exponential information growth are a few examples of how the way we work has changed dramatically since the last major revision to ISO 9001 in 2000.

To ensure that ISO 9001 continues to serve the business community and maintain its relevance in today’s market place, the standard is being revised to address the changes in the business world with the key changes in the proposed standard being:

  • The emphasis on leadership
  • The focus on risk management
  • Emphasis on objectives measurement and change
  • Communication and awareness

Mike Brook of Brook Corporate Developments  well known for his significant expertise and experience in Business Planning & Strategy, Lean, Leadership, Coaching & Mentoring and Change Management, will open the first session on ISO 9001, it’s importance and the recent changes.

David Hodgson, MD at Automotive Electrical (Mirfield) Ltd and Chair of FSB Kirklees, will then discuss his recent experience of revisions and assessment to the latest standard.

Other inputs, time permitting, will include the role the EFQM model can play along with how strategy and leadership skills in organisations can be developed through CMI recognised programmes.

As ever we expect lively debate and discussion throughout and to continue the 100% endorsement of previous attendees that the facts and issues raised and discussed are of direct benefit to the organisations of those attending – which exactly supports our reasons for holding these events.

For more details contact David Broadhead – david@partnersinmanagement.co.uk

Online booking through the CMI is at http://www.managers.org.uk/events-and-courses/2016/december/strategy-and-leadership. Non-members please use the Registration link to enter your details.

Time: 9.30 / 12.30 Friday December 2nd – The Media Centre, Huddersfield HD1 1RL

EU Referendum – Facts, Fiction and Fantasy?

“You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.”

― Michelle Obama

Following directly on from our CMI supported END Result free CPD session on Decision Making – Rational or Irrational will be a totally non-political workshop session where we can try and unpick and understand the facts, fiction and fantasy surrounding the current EU referendum situation.

Knowledgable guest presenters have been invited to explain some of the relevant facts, figures and fantasy with which we are regularly bombarded and so allow us to form our own opinions and hopefully help us make rational decisions or at best live comfortably with our irrational decision making!

Attendees are welcome to bring along their own research and findings and are encouraged to share it with the group. Also if anyone has an issue they would like us to research around in advance then please do so via David Broadhead at david@partnersinmanagement.co.uk

As has proved popular in the past we will of course be continuing our discussions afterwards at a local hostelry adjacent to the railway station.

Registration details can be found at: http://www.managers.org.uk/events-and-courses/2016/june/eu-referendum-end-result

Time: 1.30 / 4.30 Friday June 10th – The Media Centre, Huddersfield HD1 1RL