Our Approach to People Development...
We develop people as well as teaching them knowledge and providing skills training. Our approach ensures that the knowledge and skills we give people are appropriate for their stage of development. View the following approaches:
Development occurs when people change how they think, feel and act. These changes will only be sustained in the long term once people have become consciously aware of their learning through their thoughts, emotions and behaviours. We call this the Whole Person Approach to development. Research shows that developing the emotional intelligence as well as the cognitive intelligence of individuals results in increased performance, improved relationships and sustainable results. Our programmes, workshops and one to one sessions ensure that individuals develop as a whole person, they increase their capacity to self-regulate how they think, feel and act, therefore ensuring that their response is appropriate for the varying situations they face.
To enable people to develop the psychological flexibility they need to succeed in their workplace and progress through the stages of development we use well researched and validated mindful, acceptance and commitment (MAC) techniques.
We train people to use MAC techniques to build their resilience, wellbeing and effectiveness. We also use MAC techniques in our leadership and management development, team building, change management, coaching and career counselling.
To enable people to develop their psychological flexibility we use well researched and validated mindful, acceptance and commitment (MAC) techniques. These techniques are grounded in recent research conducted by leading UK Universities (Flaxman, Bond & Livheim) and by evidence collated by National associations such as the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health. They estimate that Mental ill health costs UK businesses in the region of £26 billion per annum. The Centre for Mental Health (2010) report concludes with an estimate that mental health problems carry a larger cost to English society than crime. The evidence is therefore startling.
As individuals, managers and leaders we are able to respond to this, and develop ours and others resilience to the stresses and challenges that surround us in modern society. The MAC programme and techniques are proven to improve the psychological well-being and behavioural effectiveness of working individuals.
We train people to use MAC techniques to build their resilience, well-being and effectiveness. We also use MAC techniques in our leadership and management development, team building, change management, coaching and career counselling
Research from a range of sources has found that adult development tends to occur in stages. People develop through stages as a result of facing challenges where their current way of thinking, feeling and acting doesn’t provide a solution. As a person progresses through the stages they gain greater psychological flexibility allowing them to cope with greater levels of complexity in their workplace.
When a person’s psychological flexibility matches the complexity in their environment they will be able to deliver their best work. When they face greater complexity than they can handle without being prepared or supported they will experience psychological distress and a decrease in their performance.
We also use MAC techniques on our development programmes to enable people to gain the psychological flexibility required to support their accelerated development to their next stage. People can accelerate their development by facing workplace challenges aligned with their next stage of development. With the right type of preparation and support, new ways of thinking, feeling and behaving emerge as they overcome the challenge allowing them to transition to this next stage. Through the use of a wide range of psychometrics profiling thinking, feeling and behaviour we can help people to determine their current stage of development and map their capability against their organisation’s competency framework.
Through our collaboration with EBSCO we provide participants with the knowledge they need for their next stage of development. EBSCO deliver the knowledge through a range of online resources such as articles, films, and book summaries. This time efficient, flexible approach to acquiring the most relevant and up to date knowledge is well suited to the busy schedules of the people we develop.
Our experiential workshops engage people through a wide range of activities utilising, drama, art, music, games and film. This approach ensures the participants on our programmes actually start to experience the new skills in a safe and supportive environment before transferring them into the workplace. Our skills workshops can also be focused on the organisation’s competency framework.
Participants on our programmes can also use the online resources, provided by our sister company Create Wise Leader, to enable then to engage in self development activities in their own workplace. Wise Leader also provides Apps and a Leadership Knowledge Base.
To support people as they face workplace challenges we provide coaching. The coaching is confidential and can be tailored to each person’s individual needs.