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Hands up who would drive a car before having lessons? by Tracy Powley

Posted by Tracy Powley 16/07/13

Most of us wouldn’t dream of trying to drive a car before we had lessons (formal or informal) or try scuba diving before we knew we could swim!
 
Why is managing people any different?

A recent article in HR magazine http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/hro/news/1077495/poor-leadership-planning-leaves-employers-facing-crisis highlights once again the lack of leadership talent in the UK and cites one of the key problems as lack of development.

The article suggests we should equip our leaders and managers to do the job early on. This is vital. We should be helping them build some self-awareness and giving them some tools and techniques to use before they move into their management role.

Learning from experience plays an important part of course – most of us would become better drivers over time or better scuba divers with practice. But we need the basics to get us started.

We learned a very pertinent fact from an Investors in People seminar just this week ... that the value of human capital in the UK is estimated to be somewhere in the region of £17.2 trillion (Office of National Statistics).... 2.5 times the tangible assets companies have.

Our people are immensely valuable; they are what makes the difference to our organisations and we need to give them managers and leaders who understand their value and treat them accordingly. Let’s give our leaders some support in doing that.

 

A recent article in HR magazine highlights once again the lack of leadership talent in the UK and cites one of the key problems as lack of development.

Tracy Powley
Tracy Powley

The way we behave towards each other in the workplace has a direct impact on individual wellbeing, team performance and organisational results. This belief has underpinned our work at Focal Point for over 20 years and has never been more relevant. We are privileged to work with a huge variety of organisations wanting to get workplace behaviour and culture right - and to tackle the inappropriate behaviour that may get in the way of this. Supported by our fantastic team of facilitators and coaches, we are able to make a real difference to peoples’ lives as well as organisational performance. Having worked in both large businesses at management level and in 2 start ups at director level, I am able to combine hands on experience of growing and managing teams - and the associated challenges in creating the right culture - with over 20 years in learning and development. I hold the Certificate in Training Practice and am a member of CIPD. When I am not supporting clients or developing the Focal Point business, you will find me in a calming yoga class...

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