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Springboard in Oxford – early bird discount extended

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Springboard Women’s Development programme starts in Oxford on 28th April.  Early bird discount has been extended to 4th April and further discounts are available to women on lower incomes.  Go to bit.ly/springox where you can also view a video.

Springboard helps women to make changes in their working life, career management and personal life.  Women learn how to take responsibility for their own development.  Organisations all over the UK use Springboard to develop talent.

Participants over a 10-year period reported evidence of

  • ·         being better at managing change
  • ·         taking more responsibility
  • ·         greater motivation at work
  • ·         greater assertiveness

For more information about the benefits go to Personal Development has Legs.  Springboard is also the winner of a National Training Award.

Springboard can enable you, or a member of your staff, to analyse what they already have going for them and set goals for developing further, in skills, career advancement, personal confidence, work/life balance, interpersonal skills, and more.  Many goals are achieved and attitudes change during the course.

I’ve learnt how to recognise my skills and use them to advantage”

“I’ve noticed a difference in people’s perception of me already.”

“I feel I’ve really benefited from the positive, supportive atmosphere of the course.”

“My behaviour has already begun to change.  I am more assertive where before I may have been passive; I speak up more at meetings.  Overall, my self-confidence and self-image have been boosted.  My attitude to certain people and/or situations has changed accordingly.”

“The course was incredibly helpful with identifying goals and seriously thinking about where I am, and where I want to go – top marks for this!

“Confidence has grown, I feel that I’ve started to have more direction and self-knowledge.”

“I found the book and coaching sessions good at making me set small, achievable goals and achieving them.”

“I have a better understanding of how to approach situations to get a good outcome.”

(Testimonials from Springboard Oxford Open course participants)

For more information about the course and to view the recorded webinar:
https://www.syntagm.co.uk/peopleskills/springnav.shtml#springboard  

Early bird discount is available to all until 4th April and further discounts are available to people on lower incomes who contact valerie.fawcett@syntagm.co.uk

Please pass on this information to a colleague or friend who may be interested.

Springboard Women’s Development Oxford – early bird booking until end March

Sunday, March 9th, 2014


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Places are filling on the Springboard Women’s Development Course starting in Oxford on 28th April. An early-bird discount is available until 31st March.  Springboard is a work and personal development course which encourages women to take the initiative in their own development, set and achieve goals, and build their skills and confidence.  Participants have been found to be more open to change and better at managing change.  They learn how to change attitudes, feelings and behaviours which hold them back.   A 10-year survey of benefits is available at bit.ly/springox

Here’s what managers and employers have said about Springboard:

I have a different view of her now.  She will take a high level of responsibility rather than expect direction and instructions.  I feel more confident about giving her responsibility.

It has helped me in my own workload…I can concentrate on what I need to get done…it has overcome my delegation problem.

Springboard is an excellent, comprehensive and innovative course which has been very well received by both the women who have participated, and managers who have commented on the positive changes in the women’s attitude in general and their behaviour in particular.  Bristol City Council

The Springboard programme is highly relevant to the NHS today, as it goes through a major period of change.  The programme is cost effective and meets the organisation’s needs by developing the individual who becomes more effective at work. Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust

And here are more testimonials from the participants themselves:

I would recommend this course to anybody. It has already helped me immensely, with both work and personal subjects, in such a short space of time. It has kick-started my motivation and I will continue working towards my goals with help from the workbook. Jacqui Stanley, National Grid

An excellent opportunity to learn more about yourself and how to maximise your potential.  A supportive structure to identify personal issues and overcome them. Suzanne Read, Vodafone Global Enterprise

Springboard has taught me about myself that I can be assertive, I can be confident, and that I have to change my exposure and image to make people realise how well I perform. Nina Ewerhardy, Sony Professional Solutions Europe

The course helped me to think more clearly about how to achieve my own goals. At the same time it provided valuable insights into how to improve confidence and engagement within my team. The course couldn’t be more aptly named – it provides a springboard to taking the next career step with confidence.  Sue Bale, Publishing Director, ELT Dictionaries, Macmillan Education (gave this testimonial 20 years after attending Springboard)

Women find out about the open programme from their places of work and from their friendship networks.  Please pass on this information to colleagues or friends who may be interested or might know someone who will benefit.

Thank you.

Valerie Fawcett
Springboard Tutor
valerie.fawcett@syntagm.co.uk; 01235 522859

 

 

Springboard Women’s Development Oxford – Very Early Bird booking

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

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A short video presentation on my website www.bit.ly/springox  will help you to find out about how Springboard Women’s Development programme can enable you, or a member of your staff, to develop themselves in 2014 and beyond. Springboard is mostly run in large organisations so this open course in Oxford provides an opportunity for individuals and smaller organisations.

I’ve learnt how to recognise my skills and use them to advantage”

“I’ve noticed a difference in people’s perception of me already.”

“I feel I’ve really benefited from the positive, supportive atmosphere of the course.”

(Springboard Oxford Open course participants)

For more information about the course including online booking, go to
www.bit.ly/springox  Two stages of discounts are available.  The Very Early Bird booking period runs out at the end of February.  If you are an individual who would have difficulty with the cost, please contact me for a possible discounted place.  

Springboard Women’s Development Programme helps individuals to analyse their skills, qualities and experience, set and achieve goals and develop their abilities in whatever way is appropriate for them.  The benefits for both individuals and organisations have been assessed in a 10-year survey of over 600 participants, and they make impressive reading.  Springboard is the winner of a National Training Award.  There is a link to the survey on the website page.

Please pass on this information to a colleague or friend who may be interested.

Valerie Fawcett
Springboard Tutor

 

 

Developing People using your new Coaching and Mentoring Skills – ILM course

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

During my part-time work with Oxford Brookes University, I have been co-designing and delivering an ILM Certificate Course in Coaching and Mentoring (level 5).  We have experienced some really excellent development of skills by colleagues in the University and we are now opening up places on the course to people from other organisations.  The next course starts on 15th October.

This is a practical course which also gives you the necessary theory to understand what is going on in the coaching relationship, how it facilitates people’s thinking and the part you need to play.  You will undertake 12 hours of coaching as part of the course and receive coaching supervision.    There’s more information on our Brookes blog at http://ocsld.brookesblogs.net/2013/03/21/ilm-level-5-certificate-in-coaching-and-mentoring/ where you will also find instructions for getting the full details about the course and applying for a place.

 

Springboard in Oxford – see the video – early bird booking ends 28th February 2014

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

 

 

Springboard Women’s Development programme 2014 starts in Oxford on 28th April.  This award-winning programme has an excellent track record of helping women like you (or your staff) to identify and make the key changes at work and in life which will be significant for their career and personal success.  

Very Early Bird discount is available until 28th February and other discounts are available (up to end March) and to women on lower incomes.  Go to bit.ly/springox  for more information where you can also view a video.

Participants over a 10-year period reported evidence of

  • ·         being better at managing change
  • ·         taking more responsibility
  • ·         greater motivation at work
  • ·         greater assertiveness

For more information about the benefits go to Personal Development has Legs.  Springboard is also the winner of a National Training Award.

Springboard can enable you, or a member of your staff, to analyse current experience and qualities and set goals for developing further, in skills, career advancement, personal confidence, work/life balance, interpersonal skills, and more.  Many goals are achieved  and attitudes change during the course.

I’ve learnt how to recognise my skills and use them to advantage”

“I’ve noticed a difference in people’s perception of me already.”

“I feel I’ve really benefited from the positive, supportive atmosphere of the course.”

“My behaviour has already begun to change.  I am more assertive where before I may have been passive; I speak up more at meetings.  Overall, my self-confidence and self-image have been boosted.  My attitude to certain people and/or situations has changed accordingly.”

“The course was incredibly helpful with identifying goals and seriously thinking about where I am, and where I want to go – top marks for this!

“Confidence has grown, I feel that I’ve started to have more direction and self-knowledge.”

“I found the book and coaching sessions good at making me set small, achievable goals and achieving them.”

“I have a better understanding of how to approach situations to get a good outcome.”

(Testimonials from Springboard Oxford Open course participants)

For more information about the course and to view the short video introduction go to:
https://www.syntagm.co.uk/peopleskills/springnav.shtml#springboard  

Very Early bird discount is available to all until 28th February (Early bird discount to end March) and further discounts are available to people on lower incomes who contact valerie.fawcett@syntagm.co.uk

Please pass on this information to a colleague or friend who may be interested.

Valerie Fawcett
Springboard Tutor

 

 

Springboard Women’s Development in Oxford – latest news

Friday, March 8th, 2013

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Places are filling on the Springboard Women’s Development Course starting in Oxford on 15th April. An early-bird discount is available until 28th March. Here’s what managers and employers have said about Springboard:
“I have a different view of her now. She will take a high level of responsibility rather than expect direction and instructions. I feel more confident about giving her responsibility.”

“It has helped me in my own workload…I can concentrate on what I need to get done…it has overcome my delegation problem.”

Springboard is an excellent, comprehensive and innovative course which has been very well received by both the women who have participated, and managers who have commented on the positive changes in the women’s attitude in general and their behaviour in particular. Bristol City Council

And here are more testimonials from the participants themselves:
I would recommend this course to anybody. It has already helped me immensely, with both work and personal subjects, in such a short space of time. It has kick-started my motivation and I will continue working towards my goals with help from the workbook. Jacqui Stanley, National Grid

An excellent opportunity to learn more about yourself and how to maximise your potential. A supportive structure to identify personal issues and overcome them.
Suzanne Read, Vodafone Global Enterprise

Springboard has taught me about myself that I can be assertive, I can be confident, and that I have to change my exposure and image to make people realise how well I perform. Nina Ewerhardy, Sony Professional Solutions Europe

The course helped me to think more clearly about how to achieve my own goals. At the same time it provided valuable insights into how to improve confidence and engagement within my team. The course couldn’t be more aptly named – it provides a springboard to taking the next career step with confidence.
Sue Bale, Publishing Director, ELT Dictionaries, Macmillan Education (gave this testimonial 20 years after attending Springboard)
Springboard is a career and personal development programme for women which won a National Training Award. An open course will take place in Oxford on 15th April, 13th May, 17th June, and 5th July. For more information and to download a free short webinar about Springboard, please go to:

https://www.syntagm.co.uk/peopleskills/springnav.shtml#springboard

Women find out about the open programme from their places of work and from their friendship networks. Please pass on this information to colleagues or friends who may be interested or might know someone who will benefit.
Thank you.
Valerie Fawcett
Springboard Tutor

Monday, February 18th, 2013

The very-early-bird discount on the Springboard Women’s Development Programme in Oxford is available until 28th February. See below for full details.

You can now download a free webinar to find out about how Springboard Women’s Development programme can enable you, or a member of your staff, to develop themselves in 2013 and beyond. The webinar and further information is available at https://www.syntagm.co.uk/peopleskills/springnav.shtml#springboard

Springboard enables women to assess their skills, experience, values, qualities and confidence, set goals for themselves and develop the skills and confidence to achieve them. A 10-year survey of participants shows impressive feedback on the benefits. Springboard is mostly run in large organisations so this open course in Oxford provides an opportunity for individuals and smaller organisations.  Springboard is the winner of a National Training Award.
“The course was incredibly helpful with identifying goals and seriously thinking about where I am, and where I want to go – top marks for this! It gave me some groundwork for starting on being more assertive.”

“Springboard has made me re-evaluate situations and face them directly without fuss or emotion. It has given me “phrases in my head” as prompts when the going gets tough!”

“I intend to approach the way in which I deal with work related issues with my manager differently and set myself more goals.”

(Springboard Oxford Open course participants)

I sent the details of this course to participants in my course in 2010 to send out to their friends and colleagues. One participant replied with an update about herself: “I did get promoted to manager in the next annual promotion since attending the course (I do believe these to be related).”

For more information about the course and online booking, go to
https://www.syntagm.co.uk/peopleskills/springnav.shtml#springboard

Two stages of Early Bird Discounts are available. The first runs out at the end of February. If you are an individual who would have difficulty with the cost, please contact me for a possible discounted place.

Please pass on this information to a colleague or friend who may be interested.
Valerie Fawcett
Springboard Tutor

Springboard in Oxford – latest

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

A free webinar on 11th February 12.30 GMT (and subsequently downloadable) will help you to find out about how Springboard Women’s Development programme can enable you, or a member of your staff, to develop themselves in 2013 and beyond. Springboard is mostly run in large organisations so this open course in Oxford provides an opportunity for individuals and smaller organisations.

“I’ve learnt how to recognise my skills and use them to advantage”
“I’ve noticed a difference in people’s perception of me already.”
“I feel I’ve really benefited from the positive, supportive atmosphere of the course.”
(Springboard Oxford Open course participants)

For more information about the course and to register for the webinar, go to our Springboard page.

Two stages of Early Bird Discounts are available. The first runs out at the end of February. If you are an individual who would have difficulty with the cost, please contact me for a possible discounted place.

Springboard Women’s Development Programme helps individuals to analyse their skills, qualities and experience, set and achieve goals and develop their abilities in whatever way is appropriate for them. The benefits for both individuals and organisations have been assessed in a 10-year survey of over 600 participants, and they make impressive reading. Springboard is the winner of a National Training Award.

Performance Management – two important skills may be the key

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Performance management isn’t only about how a manager communicates with staff, but out of nine qualities employees rate in reports of good managers in best companies to work for (www.bestcompanies.co.uk), qualities of communication come into all of them (more details below).

My observations from studies on successful management in organisations, and from my work with staff and managers, is that the core of performance management is getting the best from your people and there are two main skills which good managers need which apply to most performance management needs, whether it is the annual review, the everyday briefing of individuals and teams, the feedback on a project, etc.:

1. Share information (not opinion!)
2. Ask questions (and listen to the answers!)

It sounds simple but I am on the side of managers when I say that I don’t think it necessarily comes easily to people for very good reasons:

1. Managers feel that their role requires them to make value-judgements – about the work of the department, the performance of the team and of individuals. And that is true, but in making the value judgements, they need to make sure that they are standing inside the situation and not making assumptions from the outside.

2. Managers think that giving feedback is about expressing value judgements. Fine when things are going well, but when they’re not, this feels uncomfortable – they wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end themselves. Being clear with people about what you need them to do and how they are doing it means holding the value judgement in mind, but not leading with it in what you say. Feedback needs to follow the information/questions model to be effective.

3. Managers don’t want to give people bad news, let alone consult them on it. This, too, feels unpalatable. You know it is likely to be uncomfortable, people may be angry and they may be justified. However, learning to deal with the situation constructively while managing your own emotions will be better for your relationship with your staff than hiding behind an email.

4. Most of us equate the management role with the parental role (both managers and staff) and indeed the exerting of social responsibility as a manager is very close to the role of parent. Our experience of our own parents, or of being a parent, doesn’t necessarily prepare us for being a successful manager.

I have found that an understanding of these key issues and working on the skills of sharing information and asking questions, using examples, discussion and role-play, provides managers with the tools and the confidence they need to do a good job of managing people. Seven out of ten people who leave organisations leave a manager. These are important skills and acquiring them requires a mixture of:
• Self-awareness
• Insight into others
• Behavioural skills

For more information on my work with managers on performance management please go to http://www.syntagm.co.uk/peopleskills/managing.htm

If you are still wondering about the nine top qualities of a good manager as rated by employees of best companies to work for, they were:

Talks openly and honestly
Shares important information
Expresses appreciation
Supports and cares
Listens more than talks
Helps fulfil potential
Motivates us to give our best
Is a good role model
Demonstrates leadership skills

Valerie Fawcett (valerie.fawcett@syntagm.co.uk)