Manage | Lead | Inspire - Senior Management Development Programme

'How you lead today will define how successful you will be in the next 5 years'. 

Learning Waves Skillnet has worked with its trainers to develop a new flagship programme for Senior Managers across the Independent Commercial Radio Sector in Ireland.  This course will allow you, as a Senior Manager, within the Radio Sector in Ireland the time to invest in yourself in order to :

  • Re-imagine leadership as a result of Covid 19
  • Enhance your skills to enable you to unlock the human potential in your organisation
  • Learn how to effectively lead others by understanding yourself


This unique course blends the theory with the practical and also offers the unique element of coaching, 4 hours of individual coaching as part of the programme.  The course will be delivered over a 4 month period allowing participants the time and space to engage with the programme but at the same time allowing space for the implementation of learnings between modules. 

Course Modules

Module 1: Communicating Station Vision

Module Content:

This module will focus on:

  • Designing a clear and concise Vision statement that is impactful
  • Build a Content Strategy and Style Guide to reflect the Vision
  • Creating Purpose, Point of Difference and Performance
  • Tips on effective ways to communicate the Vision to your team and wider audience
  • Delegating to build team solidarity and collective ownership


Module 2: Leading and Managing Teams (remotely)

Module Content:
This module will focus on :

  • How personal realities impact virtual working and collaboration.
  • How to allocate work, set goals, prioritise, monitor and manage performance.
  • The importance of connection and belonging in the workplace and the impact of micro exclusions on productivity, morale and team spirit.
  • How to communicate, including how to run effective meetings.
  • How to collaborate for creativity.


Module 3: Self Awareness as a Manager

Module content:

This module will focus on:

  • The need for leaders to focus on themselves, in order to best support their teams.
  • How our realities are all different and the impact that age and personality have on people's perceptions, responses and needs.
  • The impact of factors outside of work and how our emotions create bias and influence how we see things.
  • The key values a leader wishes to reinforce, what they might be signalling (intentionally or not) as being acceptable practice and how to adapt accordingly.
  • The importance of taking care of yourself and the creation of a personal balance wheel and action plan.
  • How to manage stress levels using circles of control.


Module 4: Managing Difficult People/Situations

Module content:

This module will focus on:

  • Why effective conversations are critical to successful performance management.
  • Why we find performance conversations difficult and the neuroscience behind giving effective feedback and praise.
  • The importance of listening and how to improve listening skills using a Thinking Environment approach.
  • How to recognise and overcome self-deception and positioning.
  • Recognising conflict styles and associated conflict handling strategies.
  • How to prepare for difficult conversations using a 1st, 2nd, 3rd perspectives technique.
  • Getting the basics of any conversation right: location, time, honesty, bravery, clarity of message, purpose and desired outcomes.


Training Method

Online via Zoom, 2 x 1 hour sessions, 4 x 2 hour sessions, coaching session for one hour between each module, 4 coaching sessions per participant

  • 2nd March 2021 – 9am to 10am – Introduction to Course
  • 9th March 2021 – 9am to 11am - Communicating Station Vision
  • 20th April 2021 – 9am to 11am Leading and Managing Teams
  • 25th May 2021 – 9am to 11am Self Awareness as a Manager
  • 29th June 2021 – 9am to 11am Managing Difficult People/Situations
  • 6th July 2021 – 9am to 10am Programme Close


Target Trainee Profile

Senior Managers across the Independent Radio Sector, limited to 2 participants from any one of Learning Waves member organisations.

Assessment & Certification

Certificate of Completion and CPD points from Learning Waves Academy.  Participants must attend and complete all modules in order to gain the Certification.




Russell Beck – Imagine ThinkDo

As an engineer Russell is not your average people person.  He blends an engineers desire for knowledge, an inquisitive need for evidence and a belief that things can be better with an inspirational, charismatic and thought provoking style.  Russell draws on a diverse background having worked as an engineering project leader in 26 countries as a Managing Director of a €120m outsourcing business. 


Garrett Harte – Harte Media

Garrett is the Managing Director of Harte Media, a strategic communications agency working with companies and individuals on business development, media relations, media training and content creation. His client portfolio ranges across sectors to include broadcast media, finance, public sector, education, technology and advertising. He is a Senior Industry Advisor with the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development and visiting Lecturer at the School of Communications with Dublin City University.

As the former Editor in Chief of Newstalk, he has led and shaped the national current affairs debate on critical political, financial, social and cultural events for many years, and during this time has mentored a host of leading Irish broadcasters including Ivan Yates, Claire Byrne and Pat Kenny. Garrett also coached and mentored scores of producers, researchers and reporters, many of whom are key leaders in Ireland’s broadcast media today.


Alison Beck – Imagine ThinkDo

Alison has a rich history of working in the UK and internationally as a strategy and change consultant, executive coach and facilitator with a very broad mix of clients.  She enjoys working with teams at every level in organisations and has a great respect for difference and a passion for drawing out the unique perspectives of everyone.

In her coaching role Alison has supported executives to successfully lead transformational change, to become more strategic and to communicate and influence more effectively.