Today’s world is a place where results are needed quickly, but time and resources are scarce.
My Mentoring and Executive Development Programme recognises this new reality and is designed to provide for the training and development needs of current and aspiring executives in a convenient and cost-effective manner.
The Focal Points
This approach combines the very best of mentoring and executive development and is designed to deliver results quickly and affordably.
There are two essential elements. The first is a strong executive development component, that provides up-to-the minute training in core management disciplines that can include strategy, foresight, leadership, change, decision-making and innovation. The second component is mentoring. Usually, the mentoring process (i) helps participants to apply these essential disciplines in their own areas of responsibility and (ii) helps participants to identify their career aspirations and address the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of them.
My Mentoring and Development programme can be part of an organisation’s overall training and development strategy or I can be engaged directly by managers and leaders who wish to personally fast-track their own development.
Each programme is unique and is specifically designed to meet the needs of the individual participant, but key characteristics embrace:
- A One-to One Relationship: A personal one-to-one relationship that helps each participant to reach their career goals.
- A Tailored Structure: A structured executive development programme is a core component, carefully tailored to career objectives and learning needs. Independent, specialist support can also be provided at the start of the programme to help each participant to identify their own career goals, personal development needs and the best approach to learning for them.
- A Goal Focused Programme: Each programme is built around a ‘development contract’ between myself and the participant. This clearly defines objectives, outcomes, specific business issues or projects to be addressed, the learning syllabus, meeting frequency and a feedback structure.
- Focused Development: Applied executive and leadership training are the distinguishing features of this approach. The ‘development contract’ defines where learning must be focused and the syllabus of topics to be covered. Subject area examples include:
Strategy: What is strategy? * Identifying competitive advantage * Selecting the right process to build a strategy * Understanding your customers * When to use planned strategy – when to use ’emergent’ strategy * Analysing markets and competitors * Building a balanced product portfolio * Creating future vision * Crafting the business plan * Communicating and implementing strategy * Understanding performance management and the Balanced Scorecard * Creating strategy in an uncertain world * How does strategy fail? *Why do organisations fail?
Change Management: Understanding organisational change and its different forms * Understanding organisation failure syndromes * Analysing the organisation * Defining the change pathway * Understanding each change episode * The role of leadership * Pitfalls, risks and success pointers.
Innovation: Beyond product and process innovation towards 21st century innovation * The six types of innovation you must understand * Why innovation scope is so important * The role of the innovation leader * Building the innovation story * Finding innovation barriers * Building cross-functional innovation teams * Using innovation to build a learning organisation.
Decision-Making: Why are bad decisions made? * Understanding individual and group biases * What is ‘groupthink’? * Building the right environment for decision-making * How do you make decisions when you are surrounded by uncertainty? * How do you make decisions during a crisis? * Decisions and change leadership * What decision-making style should you use?
- Focused Application: Learning only really takes place when new ideas and approaches are applied in practice. For this reason, the mentoring element helps participants to apply techniques either by working on real business projects or using simple simulations and role-play.
I personally deliver this programme working on a one-to-one basis. Usually meetings are held on a face-to-face basis supplemented by telephone discussions and online conferencing. Please do contact me to find out more.
Dr Robert Davies has provided development services to a wide range of organisations in addition to his experience as an executive and leader of change. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School, London where he teaches on MBA and Executive Development Programmes embracing areas such as Strategy, Change Management, Innovation, Decision-Making and High-Performance Team Working. He teaches decision-making in the international context at City University, London.
Robert is also part of Westminster University’s International Mentoring Programme and in 2016 he was nominated for the award of Mentor of the Year.
You can find out more about Robert here.