In a decade-spanning survey of what people found the hardest aspects of management, the top four responses were: not enough time to manage; managing others’ performance; dealing with differing personalities and dealing with conflict.
Do those sound familiar to you as a line manager? You can fix those things with experience and knowledge. It will take time; a management diploma will take a couple of years of part-time study and even then it may leave you a little short. I know, I did one. Where I found the really useful stuff was in studying psychology. Not many of us have the time, inclination or resources to study a degree in psychology part-time – it takes five years.
But you don’t have to. Here at The Wisdom Factory CIC we’ve taken the best bits of a management certificate course and added some really useful juice lifted straight from psychology to create what we think is the absolutely stripped back, essentials-only of becoming a better manager. It’s called Walk the Line and it’s made up of 9 half-day workshop sessions covering all the things people in the survey disliked, plus some more. The series is centred on the idea that, in order to manage people, you have to set aside automated judgements that have developed in us as a species over millennia, and take a good look at the absolute fundamentals of people: their motivation and identity. We give you the tools to identify those aspects of people and we give you the knowledge of what to do next.
We run this series only once a year, with a small group of between 6 and 10 people so that it’s very interactive and you get specific attention to your needs as an improving manager. We are about to start the 2015 series; about half the places have already been taken. We are offering the last few places for £540 for all nine sessions. That’s a 25% discount. The fee includes 6 months of one-to-one support afterwards, when you start to apply your new knowledge to your own workplace. Previous delegates have all been very positive about the sessions: all of the 2014 delegates (pictured here) said that the workshops either ‘gave me some new ideas’ or ‘revolutionised my thinking’. Would you like some of that? Thought so. Please get in touch so you can get into the 2015 Walk the Line series. You won’t regret it – and neither will your team.