Board Development - Masterclasses

Board and Executive Team Development – In-house Masterclasses

Based on our research, and feedback from our clients, we have designed a series of highly interactive masterclasses that can be shaped to suit the learning and development needs of a Board and it’s individual Board Members.

Being mindful of the demands on Board Members’ time, each masterclass is an intensive half-day session and can be delivered in your offices on a date that suits – indeed, clients often choose to tag a half-day masterclass on to an existing Board meeting.

We are also conscious of the various pressures on training budgets – should Boards wish to pool together with Boards or Executive Teams from other organisations to purchase a masterclass, they are welcome to do so. This can work particularly well for Boards that have complimentary or overlapping remits; or for Boards that operate in more rural/remote locations.

Each masterclass is:

  • an interactive half-day session (full-day sessions can be created to cover a particular theme in greater detail or to include two of the masterclass topics listed below)
  • designed for a maximum of 20 attendees (although we can adapt the format to accommodate larger Boards or Executive Teams)
  • valued at £1,950 per session

*Venue and catering services can be sourced and recharged at cost, if a client prefers not to host the session at their offices.*

If you have any queries or would like more information, please contact Mark on 0131 344 4611 or drop him an email at mbellamy@policyhubscotland.co.uk

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Masterclass Themes

Our catalogue of masterclasses can be viewed in PDF form (here) or via the list below –

> Boards in Crisis: learning lessons from other Boards and avoiding hidden traps
> Building the Board Team: working as a team while maintaining independent director perspective
> Emotional Intelligence in the Boardroom
> Enhancing the quality of boardroom conversations: Dialogue in the Boardroom
> Evaluating the Performance of Boards and Board Members
> Leadership styles and influencing behaviours in the boardroom
> Setting the tone for the organisation
> Sharpening prioritisation and decision making
> Stakeholder engagement: ways of bringing your stakeholders into the strategy development process
> The Board’s role in leading organisational change
> When relationships break down: handling conflict and confrontation in the boardroom
> Working in partnership: collaborative public sector planning and delivering shared outcomes

Boards in Crisis: learning lessons from other Boards and avoiding hidden traps

  • Simulation based approach to handling crises based on a real case scenario
  • Review of common situations that lead Boards into crisis and how to avoid them
  • Exploring the hidden traps in your own strategy
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Building the Board Team: working as a team while maintaining independent director perspective

  • Vision of the Board working together
  • What personal styles exist in our Board team?
  • What impact do they have on the way we work together?
  • Mapping Board competencies, where are the gaps?
  • Team exercise and reflection
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Emotional Intelligence in the Boardroom

  • Introduce concept of emotional intelligence
  • Increase awareness of preferred personal styles
  • Learn to make decisions in the face of disapproval
  • Develop resilience
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Enhancing the quality of boardroom conversations: Dialogue in the Boardroom

  • Explore different forms of conversation
  • Introduce principles of Dialogue
  • Experience Dialogue
  • Explore the barriers to open, effective conversation and how they can be addressed
  • Learn how to handle conflicts
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Evaluating the Performance of Boards and Board Members

  • Introducing different ways of evaluating the Board and Board Members
  • Undertake role play(s) of real situation(s)
  • Self-evaluate using different assessment models and tools
  • Create a Board Development plan
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Leadership styles and influencing behaviours in the boardroom

  • Introducing different models of leadership
  • Assessing personal leadership and influencing styles
  • Exploring competencies
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Setting the tone for the organisation

  • Board’s role in setting climate
  • Relationship between leadership styles and climate
  • Board values and organisational values
  • Modelling preferred behaviours
  • Generating healthy creative tension
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Sharpening prioritisation and decision making

  • Introducing different prioritisation models
  • Working with case studies of real situations
  • Noticing and managing our own behaviours when making difficult decisions
  • Introducing techniques for decision making
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Stakeholder engagement: ways of bringing your stakeholders into the strategy development process

  • Introducing examples of good practice in stakeholder engagement from elsewhere in the public sector
  • Reviewing tools and techniques
  • Exploring barriers to effective stakeholder engagement and how they can be overcome
  • Considering how we take account of stakeholders’ views
  • Balancing conflicting stakeholder demands
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The Board’s role in leading organisational change

  • Introducing different models of organisational change
  • Organisational metaphors
  • Exploring the Board’s role
  • Building capacity to do things in a new way
  • Modelling desired behaviours
  • Staying on track
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When relationships break down: handling conflict and confrontation in the boardroom

  • Exploring different ways of handling conflict
  • Self-assessment of conflict handling styles
  • Exploring power relationships in the Board
  • Case study based on real situation
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Working in partnership: collaborative public sector planning and delivering shared outcomes

  • Exploring perceptions of partner organisations
  • Appreciative approaches to Board-level collaboration
  • The ‘ladder of inference’ and its impact
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