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Bicester Meeting

26th April, 2018 @ 10:00 - 12:00

| £15 - £20

“The Myth of Bigger, Better, More” – why growing your business could be a bad idea

Do you know where your business has got to on its journey? How suited are you and your
management style to the stage it’s at? What are the pitfalls you are likely to meet and
how should you handle them?

Audience members will be given the opportunity to work out their own answers to these
questions and will leave with materials and insights that will enable them to take the first
steps to building and leading a brilliant organisation.

Results You can Expect
• You’ll be able to identify which stage your business is at.
• You will know the key indicators that will signal if your business is being hampered
from growing.
• You’ll discover that you don’t have to grow your organisation; you might be best
suited to stopping at the first stage or settling into the second stage.
• In fact, growing your business might not be the best option for you.

Key Contents
• Impact on choice of management style as the business grows – and therefore impact on how much you personally can / want to change your natural preferred style.
• Need for more emphasis on structure / processes / procedures as you move through 2G – some entrepreneurs really hate this bit.
• In particular, need to clarify roles and accountabilities in the early 2Gs, so that
accountabilities are unique to each role and not built around people’s preferences and skills as in 1G.
• Need to have straightforward goal setting and performance management based on the new roles early on in 2G – but light touch and not imported wholesale from a larger organisation.
• Tendency to depend on ‘social’ skills to manage people – real lack of ‘professional’ management skills training in recent years. This is particularly evident in professional services firms, such as property, where so much client management depends on ‘social’ relationships.
• Effect on recruitment – moving away from recruiting in one’s own image to looking at what the organisation needs, vs what kinds of people the leader or the team think will ‘fit’.
• Need to confront moving people out of the business as growth accelerates – people who are right at 1G and the early stages of 2G make not be able to make the transition to the later stages. This need not always be a failure in leadership, nor a disaster, though tricky for anybody to handle. Better to address it than to soldier on.

Kate Mercer

Co-founder of Leaders Lab, Kate is an inspiring coach, facilitator and trainer who works with business leaders to create healthy organisations. Over 30 years she has helped individuals and teams to really get to grips with their organisation.

At Leaders Lab, Kate and her co-director Amanda focus on helping people to develop the skills and resources they need to do a great job. The results speak for themselves: improved communication, real teamwork and streamlined working practices.

Kate has provided specialist organisation development and bespoke leadership programmes to businesses across the country. An acclaimed and thought-provoking public speaker, she is especially skilled too at enabling clients to gain clarity about what they are accountable for delivering and to develop action plans which ensure they achieve their goals.

Kate is an author and renowned contributor of articles and blogs to industry publications. Her 2016 business book, A Buzz in the Building: How to build and lead a brilliant organisation, channels the straightforward principles she has refined over a lifetime of working in and consulting with large and small organisations. It takes her wide experience of leadership and addresses issues simply, practically and directly.

Today she remains at the forefront of change management implementation, helping companies re- shape their behavioural mindsets, company values and organisation structures which support the achievement of their goals and strategies.


26th April, 2018
10:00 - 12:00
£15 - £20
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Janice Morrison
07849 697 939


This Event: The Manor Country House Hotel
Northampton Rd
Weston-on-the-Green, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX25 3QL United Kingdom
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