My talent and expertise lies in working on the mindset and behaviours of leadership. Whether that’s about revealing hidden strengths, building lasting, positive relationships or just working on the self belief that you can do it! Yes, I do draw on much of the research in the field of leadership but I don’t limit myself just to that. I also investigate neuroscience, bring in some of the fascinating discoveries from the world of strength based development and absorb the lessons being learned about marketing and 21st century connecting and influencing. All these are at the foundation of what I do.
So how do I do it?
Historically learning has taken place with a group of people gathered together in one room, quite often from 08.30 in the morning to 18.00 at night – if not longer – and as much as possible is crammed into the day. I don’t believe this works – or not very well. Adults learn by doing and if I’ve learned anything over the last 20 years it’s that smart people are very good at theorising what they should do, the difficulty is in actually implementing it the next day, back in work, with the routine pressures facing them. By the way, we’re also not good at learning new information for more than 5 hours at a time. Once that time is done the brains starts to fizzle – out.
We are also members of the internet age with all the possibilities that brings to the learning environment. But sitting in front of your computer all on your own doesn’t appeal to all (nor does the discipline to find the time to do it). So when I work with clients I try to get the best of both worlds into the design of a programme – in-person, on-line live, on-line self-directed and some 1:1 support. Which means at Jo Dale Consulting I offer the following:
Usually set at a maximum of 12-15. These are normally half days focused on specific topics so that we have the chance to get under the skin of it and discuss and debate solutions and actions to take.
These are many and varied and can work as a great follow up to workshops. Providing new content or bolstering current work being done, they take the form of live on-line webinars with Q&A, videos to watch at the individuals’ convenience, podcast interviews etc. If there is a cascade approach to the learning then notes for managers, ideas for how to take the learning out to their teams can all be done online.
I believe that every member of an organisation should have access to coaching. It gives people space to think, to make decisions, to fathom out what is going on. Sadly, coaching is often deemed as too expensive for the level that most needs it – that first level of management, those who are new to leadership and finding their way. For this reason, I offer coaching clinics, where I set up a clinic in an organisation for a day or two and managers book in for 45 minute sessions. This makes it affordable and accessible and the results are high impact.
Next level retreats
Sometimes the only way we can see clearly is to step away from the day-to-day, give ourselves space to reflect, plan ahead, breathe, decide and reboot to move to the next level. That’s what these retreats are about. Arranged at a variety of venues, often in and around the New Forest, and designed to provide a blend of intense work with personal time carved out to recharge. The days have a blend of individual work, group work, board sessions, walking workouts and last from 24 to 36 hours.
If you would like further information on any of these things we offer at Jo Dale Consulting, or to talk to clients who have experienced them, just contact me HERE.