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Take a look at our video above, we hope you will come and join in with this excellent funded opportunity.

Aspirin Business are delighted to be asked to partner with the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Dorset Growth Hub to  deliver ‘Developing tomorrow’s Business Leaders’, a programme specifically developed by Aspirin Business and funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Traditionally, Leadership and Management skills were learned on-the-job, through observation and experience of what worked well and didn’t. This was a slow process, resulting in disengaged employees and sub-optimal performance.

The best performing organisations accelerate development, recognising the increased challenges for today’s organisations, which include:
• global competition & opportunities
• uncertain market conditions
• more informed and demanding customers
• fast-paced technology changes and automation
• employees with higher-expectations

The course details:

  • The course is free to eligible participants.
  • You will receive a short induction via a one-to-one telephone call with Aspirin Business to understand your training needs
  • You will be expected to commit to three group workshops, of 4 hours duration each, i.e. a total of 12 hours.
  • The course also includes an e-learning programme to accelerate and embed learning. Participants will need to complete some modules before the first workshop.
  • Each delegate will design and manage a 30-day work-based project to focus and practice their skills.
  • Workshop dates: 18th September 2018, 2nd October 2018 and 16th October 2018

Course Objectives:

  • A clear understanding of Leadership and Management
  • Skill building – knowing and practising how to be a more effective leader and manager.
  • Increased emotional intelligence
  • Interactive, enjoyable and confidence building sessions – which also contain enough variety and knowledge so there’s something for everyone.
  • Networking skills and relationship building between the attendees.
  • Practice at speaking and presenting in front of groups.


Session 1:  Goal Setting and Project Management of 30 Day Projects

  1. Taking ownership and being proactive
  2. Time Management
  3. Designing and Managing Business Improvement Projects                                                                                                a. SMART goal-setting, including the John Lewis Steering Wheel, KPIs and OKRs                                                  b. Project planning tools and skills:                                                                                                                                         – Plan Do Check Act (used in ISO Standards)                                                                                                                   – GROW                                                                                                                                                                               – Forcefield                                                                                                                                                                         – Mind-mapping                                                                                                                                                                 – Pareto                                                                                                                                                                               – FMEA                                                                                                                                                                                 – One Page Project Plans using Now-Where-How and 30 Day Roadmaps                                                               – Gantt
  4. SMEAC – a model used by the Royal Airforce to plan mission

Session 2:  Personal Effectiveness

  1. Updates on 30 Day Project Progress
  2. Be Proactive/ Locus of Control
  3. Stress Management
  4. The differences between leadership and management
  5. Raising the bar – Identifying ideal behaviours
  6. People Management, including:                                                                                                                                              a. Coaching Matrix                                                                                                                                                              b. Delegation                                                                                                                                                                      c. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Session 3:  Getting the best from your Team

  1. 5-minute Presentations on 30 Day Project Outcomes
  2. Raising the bar – evaluating our own leadership & management behaviours
  3. Situational Leadership
  4. Managing Difficult Conversations
  5. Managing Disengaged and Demotivated People
  6. How to increase Employee Engagement to increase productivity and staff retention                                                 a. Including: Listening Skills
  7. How to increase Motivation to help people perform at their best                                                                                   a. Including: introduction to emotional intelligence and recognition

This course utilises blended learning to enhance and embed learning and increase knowledge retention.


 Businesses excluded from DBGP support funded by ERDF:

If your business falls under any of the categories below, you will be unable to receive a funded place on this training programme. You will still have the opportunity to attend at a fee of £250+VAT.

  • Non Dorset based businesses
  • Undertakings in difficulty
  • Fishery & aquaculture sectors which are supported through EFF
  • Primary production, processing and marketing of agricultural products
  • Coal, steel and shipbuilding sectors
  • Synthetic fibres sector
  • Establishments providing generalised (school age) education should not be supported as this is a statutory duty on local authorities
  • Banking & insurance companies and brokers
  • Decommissioning or the construction of nuclear power stations;
  • Investment to achieve the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Manufacturing, processing and marketing of tobacco and tobacco products;
  • Investment in airport infrastructure unless related to environmental protection or accompanied by investment necessary to mitigate or reduce its negative environmental impact
  • Retail facilities are usually excluded from ERDF support. The general principle is that support for retail facilities will not assist economic development and that improved performance for one facility is regarded as displacing* similar activity elsewhere

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