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Raising the Bar

Subject Area
Business & Professional Short Courses
Start Date
November 2024
Study Mode
Full cost
1 day
Next course start date
21st November 2024

Lift your leadership, ace time challenges, exceed your expectations!


This course is suitable for leaders, managers or supervisors who would like to improve their skills, discover how to manage time more effectively and raise the bar.

In the workplace we make assumptions that:

  • Everyone knows how to be a leader or manager or supervisor.
  • We can all manage our time perfectly.
  • We know how to set those big hairy audacious goals.

We forget that is not necessarily so. Together we will share experiences, solutions and questions to help each other make a start on raising the bar, creating effective teams and managing our time effectively.

Taking time to invest in your professional development as a leader, manager or supervisor will pay dividends. Sharing your challenges, ideas, questions will help others learn and grow. Consequently you will benefit from others experiences, ideas and solutions. Together we will design a safe space in which professionally and compassionately we can support ourselves and each other to achieve desired outcomes.

Throughout this F2F workshop, interactive exercises, case studies work individually, in small groups, as a whole ‘team’ and group discussions will engage and challenge participants. The workshop will aim to empower leaders, managers, and supervisors with practical tools and strategies for personal and professional growth, effective time management, building high-performing teams and identify effective leadership strategies.

The day will be highly interactive and practical with breaks incorporated. You will leave with tips, tools & techniques that you can apply immediately. As well as a plan. Remember what you put in is always what you will get out.

We cannot change our past.

We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.

The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.

I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.

And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes.

Charles R. Swindoll, Author


Introduction and Icebreaker (30 minutes):

Icebreaker activities to help participants get to know each other.

Setting the tone for a collaborative and engaging environment.

The Myth of the Bar and Achieving Results (30 minutes):

Exploring the concept that the "bar" is a myth and understanding how to overcome self-imposed limitations.

Strategies for achieving desired results versus settling for.

Discussing the importance of influence and how to leverage it effectively in leadership roles.

Raising the Bar (1 hour):

Strategies for setting BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) both personally and professionally.

Developing personal and professional development plans.

Exploring accountability and ways to hold oneself and others accountable.

Encouraging participants to go beyond expectations and strive for excellence.

Time Management (1 hour):

Starting with the premise that everyone has enough "clock time."

Identifying and eliminating time wasters.

Strategies for managing time effectively, including prioritization techniques and goal setting.

Dealing with interruptions and managing others who consume your time.

Creating personalized time management plans that suit individual needs.

Effective Teams (1.5 hours):

Exploring leadership and management strategies for effective team building.

Identifying the characteristics of high-performing teams.

Discussing team theories such as the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team and methods for transforming dysfunctional teams into cohesive units.

Understanding team dynamics, including how to communicate effectively with team members and leverage their strengths.

Design a team exercise.

Interactive Activities and Application (45 minutes):

Group activities and discussions related to the workshop content.

Apply the concepts learned to real-life scenarios.

Facilitating peer learning and sharing of best practices.

Conclusion and Action Planning (45 minutes):

Summarise key takeaways.

Reflect on their learning

Identify actionable steps for implementation.

Resources and support for ongoing development – how to access them.

Programme Delivery and Costs

This course is delivered over 1 day from 9.30am to 4.30pm

Individual cost: £110.00

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Further Information and Booking

If you're interested in this course then please contact us:

Business Partnerships, York College, Sim Balk Lane, York, YO23 2BB


Tel: 01904 770368 option 1

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