Developing Leadership Join a project that changes lives on two continents ‘If this experience does not change some element of your outlook on life, or business, nothing will...’ Neil Evans - Sales Director Velux Company Ltd.
‘We may have started something which will have a profound effect on economic development and conservation in East Africa.’ John Elias - Executive Trustee Ol Lentille Conservancy
Bring out the best in yourself by bringing out the best in others… Get involved… It’s said that the truest test of leadership is when you’re confronted with the unexpected, in a strange environment with people you barely know. We invite you to take part in this unique opportunity to test and develop your capabilities in a way you will have never experienced before. This is a development programme that will test not just your leadership skills but your physical, mental and emotional capabilities as well. At the heart of our programmes is the recognition that the ability to coach people to success is a key attribute of the effective leader. And by developing your skills on this course, you’ll be helping yourself, your team and communities in a remote and impoverished region of Kenya.
Be inspired… On the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro river, in the shadow of Mount Kenya, and in the company of elephants, hippos, lions and hyenas, with no power or no running water and hot showers delivered by a bucket, the location is as far removed from the standard hotel conference room as you could ever imagine. But creature comforts don’t seem important in the wilderness, and this unique learning environment offers a constant reminder of the challenges and context for our programme; the long term sustainability of this spectacular region. You will learn alongside, and coach, Kenyan managers who are working hard to balance the needs of conservancy, tourism, and community and business development, with the ultimate goal of a shared prosperity that could hold the key to economic success in Sub Saharan Africa. Your experiences will be different… but the challenges of developing economic and social sustainability and resilience may be more similar than you think…
Learn, lead and live in the wilderness Working alongside course leaders with experience from the battlefield to the boardroom, you will have to think differently, explore new perspectives, work collaboratively and coach local managers to solve live business issues. You will be guided through experiences that will help you define your own personal leadership values and enhance your capability to release the potential of others by: Leading authentically Coaching for success Enabling others to act.
You will learn valuable lessons on how to tap into your own personal power and release the power of others…
A world away - Get used to a world without phones or e-mail.
In this remote environment you’ll have to use all your interpersonal skills to work alongside colleagues from the UK and Kenya. Your home for 7 days will be a basic banda or tent. We’ll provide you with the essentials you need to live and survive in this environment, but you’ll need to bring your own grit and determination to deal with some of the challenges you’ll face along the way.
During the programme you will: Learn about the economic landscape of Northern Kenya and understand how people with diverse and often opposing interests are turning aspirations into reality. Participate in a four day workshop based around the themes of: Anticipate: developing effective strategies Align: understanding how you need to lead to achieve your goals Act: developing the attitudes, mind sets and systems that enable others to act.
The workshops are tutor-led discussions introducing key leadership/management models, case studies and simulations. Each day will include leadership ‘clinics’ where you will facilitate and coach Kenyan entrepreneurs/community leaders/aspirants to solve business challenges and explore areas of opportunity. After 4 days learning in a workshop you will take part in our unique leadership challenge. This is learning in an extreme environment, under the guidance and support of ex-SAS major and adventurer Ken Hames. The heat is unrelenting and herds of elephants are one of the more obvious and visible dangers that the teams have to consider during an unforgettable 24 hours in the wilderness. By the end you’ll be physically and mentally drained, and in need of a hot shower and a rest, and having got this far your reward will be in the hot showers and comfortable beds of a nearby conservation ranch. You’ll have the opportunity to explore ideas and actions for on-going communication/learning facilitated through our web based learning resource centre (donated by Good Practice Ltd.) Back in the UK, you’ll have a further coaching session to reflect on your Kenyan experience and identify personal learning goals for the future.
The class of January 2011 and some reflections on programmes past... UK participants: ‘A truly unique programme and experience. I feel sure that the combined effect of the people, cultures, environment and course content will have a tangible and long-lasting impact on me.’ Graham Laybourn - Head of Regulatory Risk Baillie Gifford ‘Sometimes it can help to just see things differently and this was definitely one of those times. From meeting the other delegates at the airport, to our first glimpse of the real Kenya, sleeping under a banda in the bush, facilitating workshops and most importantly sharing the experience with both British and Kenyan delegates, I can honestly say it had a big impact professionally and personally. And it was great fun!’ Gordon Adam - Managing Director Head Resourcing ‘Stretching both mentally and physically; hugely humbling and rewarding to work alongside such positive people. Balances theory with reality; if this experience does not change some element of your outlook on life, or business, nothing will.’ Neil Evans - Sales Director Velux Company Ltd. ‘I came thinking it would be an experience rather than I might learn something. I was wrong - I learned... about openness, receptiveness, respect, a real thirst for knowledge. It sounds a bit pretentious saying ‘it was a life-changing experience’ but I think it was.’ Mike Ward The Brand Inside ‘This has been a huge personal experience which will remain with me and influence the way I deal with day to day events.’ Paul Kennedy Intercell
The class of January 2011 and some reflections on programmes past... Kenyan participants: ‘I know my gaps and have been able to learn how to fill them. I will take it back to work and life with me. It has changed people here.’ Maraka Ewoi - Manager Soita Nyiro Wildlife Conservancy ‘Uplifting and reassuring that there is a world willing to help us in a non - handout way and make our mission possible.’ Antony King - CEO Laikipia Forum ‘It has challenged me. I have come out of my cocoon. I feel re-energised. I have all ideas in my mind. I am looking forward to Tuesday to share and re-energise others about collaboration.’ Tuni Mburu - Operations Manager Mpala Research Centre ‘I feel rejuvenated and renewed. What you have told us is very touching.’ John Kinoti - Community Manager Lewa Wildlife Conservancy ‘The programme was challenging, relevant and fun. We may have started something which will have a profound effect on economic development and conservation in East Africa.’ John Elias - Executive Trustee Ol Lentille Conservancy ‘Thank you for coming, the course has been so empowering.’ John Oleshine - Manager Il Motiok Conservancy
As well as learning from each other, you will also learn from leadership experts David Parkinson OBE David served in the British Army (Parachute Regiment) for thirty years. In the early 1990s he commanded the Parachute Regiment training company before becoming Chief Instructor at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. On his last tour, David commanded the British Army training organisation in Nairobi where he left the Army to join the growing Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Over the next 5 years he helped it grow into a flagship conservation and community development project.
Ken Hames Ken is one of the country’s leading motivational speakers and his experience of leadership ranges from the battlefield to the boardroom and world-wide expeditions with high performance teams. Ken served in the British Forces for 25 years and is one of the elite British Officers to have worn the red beret of the parachute regiment, the green beret of the Royal Marines and the sand beret of the Special Air Service. More recently, his television career has focussed on bringing challenging contemporary social issues into the public eye. Recent documentaries include ‘Beyond Boundaries’, ‘Mission Africa’ and ‘Scots at War’.
Shona Mitchell After a varied and extensive career in Organisational and People Development, Shona founded Peoplematters in 1996. Her passion is to create business success through harnessing the power and potential of people and she has an enviable track record of working with clients on a range of strategic learning and development initiatives. Shona is also a committee member of The Institute of Directors.
Peter Russian Peter is the Chief Executive of Investors in People Scotland (IIP Scotland). Since taking up this position Peter has led the development of a long term vision to establish IIP’s key role in improving the productivity and performance of Scottish organisations. He is a non-executive Director of the Centre for Enterprise and of Social Investment Scotland and has represented Scotland on the UK Advisory Panel on Leadership and Management.
Professor George Stonehouse George is Dean of The Business School at Edinburgh Napier University having previously been Associate Dean and Professor of International Strategic Management at Newcastle Business School. He has wide international experience in both business and academia and is Professor of International Strategic Management in NUBS, an Honorary Professor of the State University of Management - Moscow, Russia, and Visiting Professor at the University of International Business and Economics - Beijing, University of Wuhan, Qingdao University and University of Zhengzhou - Peoples Republic of China.
Practical information The programme will runs over 10 days with 2012 dates yet to be clarified (we are happy to provide advice and recommendations to those who wish to extend their stay). The basic cost is £3,000 (plus VAT) - that’s less than your average 4 day exec development programme. This does not include psychometric profiling and 360 degree feedback can be agreed on an individual basis and priced accordingly. In total you will spend around 10 days in Kenya; the price includes all accommodation, transport and food but does not include flights (around £550 from the UK) visa (£25), spending money (you won’t need much) and drinks.
What to do next? For a more in depth discussion, please call Shona Mitchell on 07771 595 104 or submit the following to: firstname.lastname@example.org A brief summary of your career to date (no more than 250 words) A summary of what you think you will bring to the programme (no more than 250 words) Confirmation that you, or your employer, will fund your participation in the programme A relevant referee for us to contact if necessary.
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Published on Sep 5, 2011