28 Feb 2020 Supporting Professional Development: Management Training For Ecologists
BSG Ecology is committed to the professional development of staff at all levels in the organisation.
Our second management training day was delivered to our Senior Management Group (SMG) on 27 February 2020. The training was bespoke, and reflected feedback from a previous broader-based training day on leadership and management in mid-2019.
Overview Of Training
During the morning we concentrated on the differences between operational management and leadership, how to develop and make time for strategic thinking, and the critical importance of effective communication if strategic plans are to be effectively implemented. During the afternoon session the focus changed to approaches to motivation of staff, effective delegation, and how to deliver difficult messages. The training was delivered through a mixture of group exercises and facilitated discussion.
The level of participation in the exercises and discussions clearly demonstrated there was a high level of engagement in the room. It was reassuring to get positive feedback on many of the systems and approaches we already have in place, and helpful to discuss some of the issues that many of us find the most challenging aspects of our roles with our colleagues.
The Training Provider
The training was provided by Graham Stagg of Jewel Training and Development, an Oxfordshire-based consultancy established in 1999.
“It was great to see such a good level of engagement by our senior management team at today’s management training course. There were some interesting discussions and some useful pointers for us to take away and apply.” Steve Betts, Associate Director
“Management training allows the senior management team to collaborate on team management, improve our individual management skill set and share our experiences. It’s something that could easily be lost in day to day project work, but is essential to ensure we maintain a happy and effective team.” Rachel Taylor, Principal Ecologist
“Thought provoking training – good business-focussed discussions particularly around what generates and retains staff motivation in the workplace.” Kirsty Kirkham, Director
“It was good to have an opportunity to get the team together to learn about new strategies and techniques to take the company forward and meet the challenges ahead, with the help of a great trainer.” Guy Miller, Principal Ecologist
“Effective people management is a vital but sometimes challenging element of being a consultant ecologist. The training we have received has provided a useful structure to help me reflect on this aspect of my role, and provided proactive ways to help me develop this skill set.” Neil Beamsley, Principal Ecologist