Leading the future

Developing leadership skills

Leading the future of business in our country will be down to group of very special individuals.  Great business leadership is the correct application of a set of leadership tools. The tools are applied in a way that suits the individual leaders style.  When done really well,  the leader  achieves the aims of all of the business stakeholders.  We know good leaders learn how to get the best from these tools from other good leaders.

That’s why we were really pleased to be part of the initial BEIS Peer Network  which comes to a close at the end of March.  We have had the joy of running two cohorts for the Cumbria LEP

Peer groups to share leadership experience

The twenty businesses we worked with had eight action learning sets to learn from each others experiences. They were all held online and facilitated by the wonderful Jacqui Jackson and Tina Cook  . Over fifty topics were covered:

Barriers and Enablers for 2021
Brexit impact on farming
Building confidence
Building new opportunities without face-to-face relationships
Cashflow and Financing growth
Closing deals under COVID. How much virtual work v face to face can be done ?
Communication internal and external
Continuous Improvement approaches
Creativity using SCAMPER
Delegation
De-risking and scoping options for growth
De-risking new initiatives
Difficult decisions in partnerships
Entrepreneurial Leaders and the role of good managemet
Family business issues
Finding the right role as a Director in an SME
Forward planning and what COVID Lockdown 3 has done to that plan
Future planning
Getting staff engagement and ownership
Home v office working
How and when to change accountant
How to make inroads into new market/sector with existing capabilities
Improving productivity using technology and taking your customers with you
Leadership & management
Leadership & management (balancing urgent and important)
Leadership Styles
Letting go and developing a new role
Managing relationships in a family business
Managing staff
Marketing ;brand, usp ,social media
Marketing and launching new product into marketplace
Marketing and using external providers
Measuring people performance effectively
New technology
People and team accountabilities (right bum on right seat)
People, retaining motivated employees through delegation and autonomy
Pivoting
Planning for growth but need to fix internal systems (CRM)
Pricing
Prioritising decisions
Prioritising tasks
Promoting someone to managerial role in an SME
Quality standards
Quality systems
Recruitment
Recruitment (Kick Starter Scheme)
Restructuring
Restructuring and digitising sales systems
Risk management ; communication and transparency in Tier 5 situation
Situational leadership
Skills & confidence
Social media
Staff benefits
Succession planning
Time management and prioritising
Use of good open questions

One to one conversations to develop the use of business tools

The one to one sessions were ran by Jacqui Jackson and Keith Jackson.  In the sessions we gave the businesses focused time to explore the opportunities open to them.

The sessions were built around five types of conversations:

  • Business Focused Coaching

We worked with the business to help develop/improve the business skills they felt needed attention.

  • Mentoring

We acted as an honest confidential mentor.  This allowed us to work with the business leader to develop and improve their leadership style within their business.

  • Business Model Canvas

We used Strategyzers Business Model Canvas to help reassess or develop their business plan.

  • Value Proposition Canvas

We worked with the business on their Value Proposition to help develop a product idea or scope a market.

  • Vision (BHAG) and Objective Setting

This was for some real open future thinking, we used a mixture of tools to help the business define their ‘Big Hairy Audacious Goals’ and set objectives on how they could get there.

Towards the future

It was a joy to work with these businesses as we all moved in and out of lockdowns in the transition from 2020 to 2021.  Leadership is about learning from your surroundings and having the confidence to take people forward. We have learned from the cohorts and are sure they have learned from 2020 and 2021.  Thomas Jardine & Co is looking forward to the future and we would be happy to share your journey with you.

To find out more contact us Hello@thomasjardineandco.co.uk