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Manufacturing Improvement / Aspire Programmes

Front Line Management Training

Coaching & Mentoring
Our modular approach takes participants on a path of discovery. They first establish their own leadership style through self evaluation and compare this to the qualities of good leaders. This sets the scene for individual development which is built upon with the introduction of tools to become a good leader. Modules are split into 6 categories:

  • Understanding Good Leadership
  • Motivation & Feedback
  • Effective Communication
  • Team Communication
  • Visible Leadership & Time Management
  • Managing & Empowering Teams

Specific areas that challenge front line managers are covered in detail. For example, how to deal with conflict when it arises and how to generate, manage and empower effective teams.

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Meeting Coaching

Resolving issues through Action & Accountability
Effective meetings are the driving force behind business performance but unfortunately good meeting practice is far too rare. Our team has significant expertise in coaching managers of all levels into good meeting practice, and to ensure that an effective meeting structure is in place that supports improvement. Meetings are there to decide on actions to issues raised, and ensure that someone is accountable for the completion of that action. Issues should be raised based on facts, and accountabilities agreed, recorded, and followed up.

Where necessary, we can also recommend and implement simple systems that support decision making based on facts. For more automated information systems, we can help specify the exact information and reporting that is necessary to help drive improvement, and work with suppliers that can add value to your business.

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Results

Producing Excellence
Improved employee engagement, improved delivery of tasks and improved individual motivation are just a few of the changes seen as a result of Aspire programmes. Employees new to managing people have found the step less daunting; first line managers have gone on to successfully manage factories; whilst Directors, through the mentoring programme have developed key business strategies and relationships within their current roles and their personal development path at board level.

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Testimonials

Inspiring the people in our business to understand how they can improve and the business can therefore develop, is an important building block in our drive for improving efficiency within our business. Engaging everyone in the business to realise that we can be better and any little improvement drives down to the bottom line. This has been seen both in the way the staff have engaged and enjoyed the experience and the evidence of reduced costs has helped the business to become more efficient. This process never stops but it is the tools that have been developed by Lauras International that has allowed us to deliver this important work at both our potato pack houses.

Fraser Scott, Head of Farming Operations Arable/Potatoes

It must be said that the concept of change management which Lauras were asked to bring in was a very big ‘ask’. Their work on the floor was very beneficial to change management. Lauras try to problem solve by using the workforce. This has to be done tactfully. They achieved it. They had the respect of the people on the floor and the management which is a major credit.

Peter Barnett, CFO, KR Castlemaine