Masterclass and Shortcourse Testimonials

The Centre for Leadership Performance assisted the management team at Eastman Chemicals in Workington to leverage key skills to maximize management potential. You can read the case study here.

' I think the Centre is a terrific asset, and the quality of the input they offer is remarkable, not just in terms of the Masterclasses but other short courses and which I have attended with members of the Eastman Management team. '

' The real test of this sort of initiative is if it stays with you and helps you do your job better, and that's certainly been our experience. You learn something new from each of these events, you take something away and even if you apply small lessons as you go along it makes a real difference. '

' To have that right on your door step is hugely beneficial. '

Peter Roberts, Site Manager, Eastman Chemicals

 

On October 1, 2014, the Centre for Leadership Performance welcomed Nigel Risner for a 'Leadership@Lunch' workshop aimed at organisations across the supply chain. At this High Impact Leadership presentation Nigel explained the skills all leaders must develop to impact their people and organisations. Nigel went on to provide his practical, realistic blueprint for helping individuals develop the skills they need to take their performance to unbelievable new heights.

' Fantastic inspirational speaker '
Emma-Jayne Gooch, NuExec Consulting Managing Director

' Excellent and inspirational session '
Mark Watters, Director Doosan Babcock

' Excellent, very inspiring '
Paul Terry, Doosan Babcock

' Great, kept everyone entertained '
Kirsty Somerville, Finance Director North Associates

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On October 9, 2013, the Centre for Leadership Performance welcomed Ian Cooper to Energus Workington for a Masterclass on the theme of Business Growth. These quarterly Leadership Masterclasses aim to encourage and nurture aspirations of local business leaders and help to develop leadership capabilities across all sectors of Cumbria.

' Straight forward, very reassured, great authority, hung on every word. The team made themselves very approachable, encouraging us as a business to engage better with the organisation. '
Fred Story, Story Homes

' Excellent thought provoking back to basics session. Very interesting and informative. '
Anonymous

' Very engaging speaker. High impact, relevant examples. Gave me clear ideas for actions I will take to improve customer experience. '
Jackie Wilkinson, Nutrition Coaching

' Not rocket science but thought provoking and well presented. Good pace and very interesting. '
Anonymous

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On September 26, 2013, the Centre for Leadership Performance and our main sponsor BAE Systems welcomed back as our Masterclass guest speaker Kevin Gaskell who joined us to share his wealth of knowledge on the theme of Business Growth.

' Excellent Speaker – Thought provoking and illuminating, very professional. Comforting to know CFLP are working to help business in Cumbria. '
Ian Quayle, Furness Building Society

' Thanks very much, very informative & a great moment for reflection. '
Richard Longman, Sellafield Ltd

' Very inspirational and informative. I've changed my way of thinking. '
North West Recycling Ltd

' A thoroughly enjoyable, inspirational and motivational event, thank you everyone. '
Anonymous

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Following the theme of the John Peters Masterclass on Coping and Decision Making Under Pressure, Core Training Ltd offered a one-day shortcourse on how to manage pressure effectively. The course on May 22, 2013 was designed for managers and leaders with responsibility for teams experiencing any type of pressure.

' One of the courses where you come away from the day and realise that you have gained new knowledge. The Manager's Standard Tool will be a very useful tool for me in the future. '
Val Robinson, Funding and New Start Manager, Furness Enterprise Ltd

' Really great presentation. Catherine is very warm and welcoming and she is certainly very knowledgable. '
Anonymous

' Very well organised and interesting content '
Kelly Sanderson, Sales co-ordinator team leader, Playdale Playgrounds Ltd

' Lovely venue and excellent workshop, a thoroughly enjoyable day '
Thomasina McNaughton, Furness Enterprise

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On April 23, 2013, the Centre for Leadership Performance in association with the Ulverston Business Alliance was delighted to welcome best-selling author, performance coach, and former RAF pilot, John Peters. John first came to the world's attention in January 1991 when his bruised and battered image appeared on our television screens and in newspapers around the world, following his capture by Iraqi forces after being shot down alongside his navigator during the Gulf War. As a pilot under fire, John often had to make split-second and potential life-altering decisions under extreme pressure. His dramatic and harrowing experiences as a captive, and the 7 week ordeal of torture and interrogation which tested him to the absolute limit and brought him close to death, was used to demonstrate how we can cope and overcome, even in the most difficult of circumstances.

John applied lessons learned in the Gulf to the business of leading under pressure, as well as providing attendees with insights and tools to improve their ability to cope with uncertainty.

' An excellent inspirational presentation which gave great food for thought. The work that you are doing and the quality of the events is fabulous for Cumbrian Business '
Anonymous

' Inspiring speaker, wonderful session, couldn't recommend more highly '
Thomasina McNaughton, Furness Enterprise

' Spellbinding. Gripping. Tangible parallels for Leadership learning '
Anonymous

' Wow '
Anonymous

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On March 19, 2013, the Centre for Leadership Performance was delighted to welcome Deirdre Bounds as guest speaker at the Times Britain's Energy Coast Forum and Leadership Masterclass. As a successful entrepreneur and self made millionaire, Deirdre has been voted one of the North's top 100 entrepreneurs and is officially recognised as one of the top 50 influencers in the region. Based on her own real business experience, Deirdre shared with the audience her successes as well as her failures for others to learn from. Deirdre offered useful tips and gave practical advice on what is needed to succeed: the drive, the passion, the vision and the belief, that help deliver both personal and business improvement.

' Very interesting, very off the wall, different for West Cumbria, and more people need to think this way, take risks, believe in dreams to make them reality. Very inspirational for the area. '
Kerry McPhee, Cumbria Food Direct

' Excellent speaker - kept it simple and interesting. '
Anonymous

' Refreshingly different to many business speakers. '
Chis Macleod MD Oaktree Accountancy

' Good insight into how to think more laterally about opportunities and take on a challenge. '
Anonymous

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On January 30, 2013, the Centre for Leadership Performance was delighted to welcome Kevin Gaskell for a Masterclass on Achieving Organisational Effectiveness through Managing Performance. Kevin Gaskell has led three of the world's iconic car brands, Porsche, BMW and Lamborghini, to new levels of success and managed successful turnarounds of failing international companies. A business leader and entrepreneur, he is recognised as one of the top 40 leaders under 40 in the UK and is now recognised as one of the most capable managers of his generation. Based on his 25 years experience of managing significant companies and achieving extraordinary results, Kevin shared his story of success with the audience and offered advice using highly topical and pragmatic examples of how organisational effectiveness is achieved through managing performance.

' Kevin is one of the most engaging speakers I have seen and I have taken away so much from him in terms of people management and the vision focus strategy he uses. '
Collette Butterworth, Stobart Group

' A very inspirational talk by a proven leader who has been there and done that but with the humility to lead from the back. '
G W Lamont, Lamont Pridmore

' Very inspirational and engaging speaker. Talk was pitched at all different levels so everyone could relate to something. '
Rebecca Foster, Stobart Group

' Very motivational, engaging, A real personal account of leadership! '
Peta Leigh, Age UK West Cumbria

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On September 26, 2012, the Centre for Leadership Performance was pleased to welcome best-selling author, performance coach, and former RAF pilot John Peters for a Masterclass on Coping and Decision-Making under Pressure. As a pilot under fire, John often had to make split-second and potential life-altering decisions under extreme pressure. His dramatic and harrowing experiences as a captive, and the 7 week ordeal of torture and interrogation which tested him to the absolute limit and brought him close to death, were used to demonstrate how we can cope and overcome, even in the most difficult of circumstances. Here's a selection of what our attendees said:

' Perfectly executed event and a real opportunity for small businesses in Cumbria to gain access to inspirational thought leaders. '
Alignsense

' Thought provoking and inspiring , keep up the good work in finding inspirational speakers. '
Alison Wild, NDA

' Excellent event and as always excellent networking opportunities. '
Anonymous

' Really enjoyed the Masterclass. Excellent way to explore leadership and what this means to an individual 'you' and the reality of what 'you' can do. The choice is yours to make. '
Ronald Fletcher, NSA Nuclear

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The short course Strategic Collaboration: Leveraging Relationships was part of our Theme: Collaboration delivered during April – July 2012. Here's a selection of what our users said:

' Very insightful course for seasoned business practitioners to understand why what they tend to do naturally is important and therefore should be given more structured discipline. For lesser experienced individuals the course offers a very good guide for an effective approach to determining which collaborations to pursue and the likely value of each. '
Dick Monaghan, Laboratory Impex Systems Ltd

' Both [tutors] were very good. I liked the style of teaching. '
Wendy Forster, Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust

' Glad I went and keen to attend others. '
Anonymous

 

The short course Leading Across Boundaries, delivered in association with Ashridge Business School, was part of our Theme: Collaboration delivered during April – July 2012. Here's a selection of what our users said:

' Provided valuable information and learning outcomes. [Tutors] very knowledgeable and kept me involved... '
Philip Jardine, Philip Jardine Associates Ltd

' All three [tutors] really good and engaging. '
Matthew Clark, NDA

' Particularly enjoyed the exercise and the way in which it illustrated the topic. '
Anonymous

' [tutors] very good level, breadth and depth of subject and experiences. '
Richard Jewkes, NDA

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The short course Unifying People to Deliver Success was part of our Theme: Collaboration delivered during April – July 2012. Here's a selection of what our users said:

' I thought both [tutors] were excellent and meshed very well together. Very worthwhile for anyone considering engaging in collaboration, but are either unsure as to why or how to implement the same. Also useful to realise when not to collaborate. I am sure all that attended would have gained something from this course. '
Dick Monaghan, Laboratory Impex Systems Ltd

' Given this course is pitched to a wide audience – at different business and complexity levels – I think the course meets all participants' expectations. '
Anonymous

' [tutors] Great Combo! Welcome their trainings, insights and fun! Used the traffic light system the following day that worked a treat. Keep providing hands on, experiential learning. Great duo - thank you. '
Jennie Sutton, Enabling Success

' ...the course provided me an excellent insight into the importance of collaboration. '
Anonymous

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The short course Achieving Sustainable Growth through Strategy and Innovation was part of our Theme: Growth delivered during January – March 2012. Here's a selection of what our users said:

' If I had paid the full price of £400 I wouldn't have been disappointed ... Really useful interactive session that provided a great opportunity to step away from the coalface and actually think! '
Gill Marsden, NIS

' Excellent value '
D Tinnion, Sellafield

' Both lecturers were very knowledgeable and very approachable and made the course very interesting ... Thoroughly enjoyed the day and learning '
Anonymous

' [tutors] Great teamwork, obviously very well prepared and rehearsed. Both were great listeners, sound at responding to and discussing / giving credibility to our points and kept the whole event moving at just the right speed ... For me it was exactly the learning I needed at this time. The session allowed me to test and develop a new niche for my own consultancy / coaching business. It was top quality throughout ... I walked away delighted with the whole event. I had not expected it to be as good ... WOW! I've taken over two years to reach this point. My energy level is so much higher and I feel so excited again '
Frank Roe, Gain Success

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The short course Planning for Growth was part of our Theme: Growth delivered during January – March 2012. Here's a selection of what our users said:

' I went with an open mind but fairly low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. Given the course summary I expected a typical jargon fest with limited worthwhile content. In reality it was extremely useful, free of jargon and delivered by professionals who clearly had practical experience of management. I picked up some very useful guidance on business planning, targeted marketing and the need to simplify internal processes. It also highlighted the importance of constantly evolving as a business whilst providing a service which customers actually require '
Capita Symonds

' Highly motivating presentation by a speaker who knows his stuff! ... Excellent speaker & presentation '
David Thompson, St Thomas Cross Hydraulics

' I fully expected a day of meaningless management jargon. This could not have been further from the truth '
Anonymous

' It was all very informative '
Anonymous

 

The Driving Innovation and Creativity within a Team short course was part of our Theme: Teams delivered during October – December 2011. Here's a selection of what our users said:

' Very welcoming and friendly people running the course. Very relaxed and enjoyable and conducive to creativity '
Fred Story, Story Group

' Both lecturers made you very welcome, made you feel relaxed and got you involved. Some great points to take away and develop '
Tony Cook, Story Group

' Another high quality event in convenient high quality venue, provided to enhance businesses in the county – Well done and keep up the good work '
Anonymous

' Given positive feedback to a number of my colleagues '
Neil Gass, Story Group

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The Building High Performance Teams short course was part of our Theme: Teams delivered during October – December 2011. Here's a selection of what our users said:

' Robin Martin [lecturer] was an excellent communicator and enthusiastic speaker. His material was current and relevant and he had a wealth of anecdotes to draw upon. Questions were answered skilfully and knowledgably '
Peter Roberts, Eastman Chemical Workington Ltd

' The lecturer backed up the teaching with many examples '
Jason Farrell, Sellafield

' Excellent day – the content was exactly what I was looking to learn and found it very current and not too heavy on theory '
Anonymous

' As a new manager the course has helped me to understand the dynamics involved in building and running a good team and I now realise, that if time and effort is put into this on a regular basis, then a high performance team is the reward '
Judith Todd, University of Cumbria

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