Manage | Lead | Inspire - Senior Management Development Programme.

Course Details

  • Date Thu, 5th September 2024
  • Time 09:00 to 10:00
  • Duration 7 days over 4 months (Please book directly with teresah@learningwaves for this course.)
  • LocationBlended, in-person and online (venue tbc)
  • Trainers Russell and Alison Beck, Imagine ThinkDo

Course Aims

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 your leadership style, enhance your skills, effectively lead others and to manage difficult people. This unique course blends the theory with the practical and also offers the unique element of coaching, 3 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 Content

Module 1: Understanding your Leadership Style

This module will focus on:

  • An introduction to personality type and how it can be used as a perspective for understanding yourself and others
  • Exploration of four personality elements : where we get our energy from, how we take in information, how we make decisions and how we approach life
  • Review of a personalised report
  • Exercises to explore and bring to life different applications of this knowledge

Module 2: Inclusive Leadership

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 importance of connection and belonging in the workplace and the impact of micro exclusions on productivity, morale and team spirit
  • 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

Module 3: Leading and Managing Teams

This module will focus on :

  • How to allocate work, set goals, prioritise, monitor and manage performance
  • How to provide focus and minimise distractions using circles of control
  • How to delegate effectively using the IDEALS model
  • The tyranny of the urgent : how and when to say 'no'
  • How to manage communication challenges
  • How to run effective meetings

Module 4: Managing Difficult People and Conversations

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.

Module 5: Managing Change

  • Internal and external perspectives on change: understanding what might be heading your way
  • Understanding the different phases of change and why each is important
  • How to recognise the impact of change on yourself and your people and how to handle the likely emotional responses
  • Your role as a manager: how to successfully manage through the change journey
  • Quick wins: how to use nudges to encourage new behaviours
  • Stakeholder management: how to harness support and overcome resistance









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.

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. 

Who is this content for?

Target Trainee Profile

Senior Managers across the Independent Radio Sector, limited to 2 participants from any one of Learning Waves member organisations.  You must seek approval from your manager to sign up to this course.

Assessment & Certification

Participation will receive a certificate and membership of the Institute of Leadership and Management on successful completion of the course.

Training Method

This course will be delivered using a blended approach, 3 online sessions and 4 in person sessions.  The dates for the course for 2024 are as follows:

5th September - 9am to 10am - Introduction Call - online

18th September  - 11am to 5pm - Understanding your Leadership Style - in person

19th September - 9am to 1pm - Self Awareness and Inclusive Leadership - in person

17th October  - 9am to 12noon  - Leading and Managing Teams - online

20th November - 11am to 4pm - Managing Difficult People and Conversations - in person

21st November - 9am to 1pm - Managing Change - in person

12th December - 9am to 10am - Close out call - online

In addition to the above, participants will be able to avail of 3 one to one coaching sessions during the 7 months.