Heathcotes are 'Leading from the Front'
Building on the success of the “Going for Gold” management event in 2013, Mick Murphy and the Learning Team were asked to plan and deliver a similar residential event in 2014. It was agreed that the central theme to this year’s event would be leadership, so the concept “Leading from the Front – Inspiring Excellence” was born.
Heathcotes recognises the importance of developing our leaders, who are key to taking our business forward in a challenging environment. In partnership with Chesterfield College, we currently have 2 cohorts of managers undertaking a CACHE Level 5 Leadership in Social Care qualification. Additionally we have a well-developed and successful scheme for “trainee” managers, each of whom mentored by a more experienced colleague/manager, as well as a rigorous, well-utilised and documented recruitment, supervision and appraisal process.
“Leading from the Front” was aimed specifically at developing an esprit de corps among our management team, fusing the knowledge, skills and aptitude of those more experienced, and less so, to form a common and consistent leadership style, which would conform with our unique brand and value-set.
Through participation in a packed programme of discussions, presentations, team and practical tasks, managers worked in fluid and task based groups throughout the 2 days. They discussed questions like “how do we incorporate our values into everyday practice?”; planned cultural change in organisations; reviewed different leadership models; looked at good practice in recruitment, maintaining and improving morale through psychological contracting, and carried out an honest appraisal on what was working and not working in key operational areas across the organisation.
The highlight of the programme was undoubtedly the evening motivational fire-walking event which saw all participants meet their fears head on and walk barefoot across glowing coals. The practical leadership challenges early the following morning were easy by comparison!
All came away from the event buzzing, and eager to take on the challenge of the next 12 months. Based on foundation work from “Leading from the Front” Heathcotes are now formulating an organisational action plan that will take us forward, and ensure we maintain and increase our position in the forefront of good practice in the sector.
Watch this space!