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Taking time out to reflect as we move into autumn

The past few months have been a gruelling time for many business leaders – meaning it’s now probably a good time to reflect alongside peers.

East Midlands Chamber will launch its 2020 edition of the Director Development Programme this autumn, offering an opportunity for business owners and directors to learn new skills that could push their business vision forward – while also taking time to think with like-minded leaders, share ideas as well as worries and concerns.

The traditionally five-day course has been running for 12 years, with hundreds of senior leaders from across the East Midlands and beyond attending, but this year there’s been a new approach as the programme has switched to both face-to-face and online sessions.

Learners can now pace themselves over several weeks or months on the modular programme, enabling them to “have a go” back at work and then return to discuss outcomes with their peers.

Vicki Thompson, business training manager at the Chamber, said: “Taking time out regularly to reflect can be as good for you as a great night’s sleep – yet how often do business leaders take this opportunity?

“Information overload can leave you stressed, drained and prone to poor decision-making. Reflection time gives people the opportunity to consider their experiences, think about it, evaluate it and improve your future performance and that of your business.”

The first face-to-face delivery of the Director Development Programme starts on 20 October and runs over five days at the Chamber’s Nottingham office under social distancing measures.

Craig Harbron, mechanical design engineer at Loughborough-based engineering consultancy Bennett Engineering, has previously taken part in the programme. He said: “It’s been highly motivating and inspiring. I was optimistic that something good would come out of attending the programme but I had no idea that my level of motivation would be as great or that I would learn so much in those days. In that respect, it has been a phenomenal experience.”

Alternatively, the Chamber has also redesigned the programme for online delivery, which has been welcomed by delegates attending throughout June and July.

Running over ten half-day sessions, the programme has proven that online delivery via Zoom can be as inspiring and supportive as face-to-face.

Richard Hewitt, production manager at Codel International, had previously worked with trainer Charles Barnascone in the face-to-face sessions. He added: “Charles is able to keep the material engaging and insightful by promoting group discussions. The range of topics tackled by the course is extensive and it has really helped me gain a useful insight into areas of my company that I previously thought did not need to concern me.

“As a whole, I would say that undertaking this course has had a tangible impact on the way I operate within the senior management structure, but also with my direct reports and team members."

To book onto a Director Development Programme, including a free online taster session, please click here

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