Practical leadership training for practical people

Practical leadership training for practical people

Alistair Gibb, a senior consultant at Cedar Associates and host of TIAH's next webinar, talks about the value of leadership and delegation training, and how farmers and growers are using it to make more of their time.
Farm managers are making time savings, thanks to leadership training.
Farm managers are making significant time savings, thanks to leadership training, says Alistair Gibb.
Farm managers are making time savings, thanks to leadership training.
Farm managers are making significant time savings, thanks to leadership training, says Alistair Gibb.
13/02/24

At Cedar Associates we are delivering a four-module management development programme kindly supported by TIAH. Working with a group of managers and assistant managers who are involved in farm management, estate maintenance and vegetable packing.

The first two modules we covered were focused on delegating organising and developing their staff and then looking at what motivates people and how do we get the best out of them, engaging them within the business. 

The real benefits of a development programme is the opportunity to gauge the implementation of applied learning back at work. The first review allowed us to catch up with what people have been able to implement from the delegation plans they developed in the first module. As always, the great reward is hearing what people have put into practice and the benefits they've gained. 

There were great examples of time savings gained, from two hours per week to 12 hours per week, by virtue of delegating tasks they'd identified that they could transfer.
Alistair Gibb
Senior consultant - Cedar Associates


In this instance there were great examples of time savings gained, from two hours per week to 12 hours per week, by virtue of delegating tasks they'd identified that they could transfer responsibility for to one of their staff. 

Not only that, there were other time savings when it came to briefing staff at the beginning of the day. Again, there were good examples of being able to be more concise and to the point with their staff whereby there were savings of around 20 minutes at the start of the day. Briefing a team of five people equates to 100 minutes saved per day, all helping with productivity. 

Increasing motivation in the team

Looking forward to hearing what progress the group have made when we meet again. We shall review where they've been able to increase motivation and engagement with their team. The last half of the programme will be looking at applied communication at work, which underpins their leadership behaviours. In the final module we'll look at how they lead and what they can do to enhance their leadership effectiveness. 

On completion of the programme and associated assignments, the delegates will gain the ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management, which is a nationally recognised qualification promoting professionalism in management. 

Alistair Gibb is hosting our next webinar, Coaching or mentoring: what's right for you?, offering advice on how you can make the most of the recruitment process to give yourself the best chance of hiring the right person for whatever role you're looking to fill on-farm.

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