Helping Your Team Make the Leap


Change is happening at a rapid pace in the public sector. It can be difficult to keep your team on board with all of the changes taking place and make sure they have the right skills to adapt.

I’ve designed the Leap Programme to help team leaders and managers transform their teams for the new working environment.

“My issue was getting people to understand the need for change and come along with it.”

Why The Leap Programme?

Austerity has become a fact of life for local authorities and managers are seeing their budgets cut like never before. Many are responding creatively and finding innovative ways to boost their budgets by embracing commercialism.

Often the leaders and senior managers understand the need to adapt to a new funding model and being more innovative but their employees want to “do good things” and may never have had to think about the financial aspect before. Which makes it hard for leaders to get their teams to understand why they need to adapt.

But the only way an organisation can change is by taking their employees with them, updating and developing their strengths. Starting with recognising the strengths they already have – which is where the Leap Programme comes in.

Public sector leaders I’ve worked with have found that the Leap Programme has brought about long-term changes in their team’s behaviour, attitude and performance. And helped them to become more flexible, innovative and willing to experiment - in fact attributes that are more associated with entrepreneurs.

The Leap Programme is designed to address the need for local government to find solutions to the funding gap to enable it to deliver services.

The programme enables staff to be more creative, entrepreneurial and commercial so they can find the solutions to help bridge the funding gap to deliver services so needed by our communities.

You need to develop your team to:

“I needed my team to work differently to deliver differently to be able to meet those challenges of less money and also a different service delivery”

At the heart of this programme is for managers to create an environment where their teams and individuals feel safe and supported to try out new ideas, new ways of working - be more experimental and innovative - yes more entrepreneurial.

By the end of the programme your staff will feel empowered. They’ll be more resourceful and feel able to embrace the challenges of a new financial environment. And, perhaps most importantly, they’ll feel motivated to do so and believe in what they’re doing, rather than relying on their managers to tell them what to do.

“We needed staff to step up to the plate and take responsibility”

If you’re ready to help your team take The Leap please get in touch for a no obligation chat, and feel free to ask me any questions about the programme.

How would we work together?

Phase One

  • After an initial phone call, we meet to ensure we have clarity on your particular needs and outcomes,
  • Each member of staff completes the TotalSDI on-line assessments
  • Whole team development day which includes full facilitation and feedback on the TotalSDI assessments and group reports. The final part of this day is the team deciding and prioritising what strengths and behaviours they need to use to apply and meet business needs.
  • The above day feeds into individual and team development plans,
  • During this phase I also share with you the key elements that you can put into place with your team at no or very low cost to ensure maximum success to your team,
  • A follow up meeting (usually a half day) to review and plan next stages.
  • TotalSDI

Phase Two

The follow up meeting at the end of Phase One helps us to plan the way forward with Phase Two - which tends to include some or all of the following:

  • Managing change workshops for managers
  • Coaching skills for managers
  • 1-1 coaching / mentoring
  • Action Learning Sets for managers - key to support on-going development

Do you have a team that needs to be more pro-active, more experimental with behaviours, more innovative - yes, more entrepreneurial?

I would love to hear from you - do email me or call me 023 9225 5232

Great team development day yesterday working with Claire Godwin and the Communications and Communities teams from East Hants District Councl and Havant Borough Council.

Understanding our personal strengths to apply to the business -  who would have thought business planning could be such fun!! Fantastic to be working with an organisation that invests in its staff​.

Looking at team drivers and current behaviours.

Another team looking at what motivates each member of their team.

Fun with learning!

Team re-prioritising their core strengths.

New team core strengths. More innovative, entrepreneurial and commercial.

Jacqui Evans
Community Manager

​We've taken a huge step forward - or should I say Leap!

Using the TotalSDI behaviours to shape the team's new behaviours and people to understand the change they need to make, that realisation means that they are now fully “on the train” (of change)

Now it's more than just because it's their job, now they are on the train because they understand why and what they need to do to be on that train.

Claire Hughes
Head of Communications and Community Engagement

Thank you for yesterday, really enjoyable, informative, enlightening – I could go on!

Natalie Meagher
Head of Neighbourhood Support

If you’re ready to help your team take The Leap please get in touch for a no obligation chat, and feel free to ask me any questions about the programme.

Claire's style is very relaxed and honest which gives me the confidence to challenge myself, to look at strengths and weaknesses in a constructive manner.

The benefits to me in my job will be giving me the tools to manage my time workload and colleagues more effectively. 

H.S.
Supporting Troubled Families Manager

The training enabled me to identify the strengths I needed to be more productive and the confidence to utilise these strengths for bigger gains. It has helped me realise my potential by utilising strengths that I wouldn’t have usually identified with.

A.W.
Neighbourhood Quality Manager

​Thank you so much for showing me how to find my way to the light at the end of the tunnel. I couldn't have done it without you!

N.E.
Performance Management Officer

Claire's style as a coach and mentor is fantastic! Claire takes time to explain the theory using relevant and easy to grasp examples. While being very supportive Claire raises thought provoking questions that really hone in and examine how you see yourself and how you function.

The benefits to me in my job are that I have a more confidence day to day as I have a better understanding of my strengths and weaknesses and a greater awareness of the fact that others have different motivation points to me.

S.D.
Neighbourhood Quality Office Supervisor
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