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Business bosses leave their Ulverston office for lessons in leadership

Published Tuesday, 19 May 2015

BOSSES at a pharmaceutical firm swapped their normal working environment for the Cumbrian countryside in an attempt to gain skills in leadership.

Leading figures at GSK in Ulverston left the office to undertake a series of tasks designed to test their mettle as managers.

The 30 staff members were tested in areas such as delegation, giving effective feedback and adapting their approach to the role, as part of the company's commitment to effective team building through its Leadership Skills in Action programme.

Delivered by the Centre for Leadership Performance, based in Cockermouth, the programme has attracted a wide range of private and public sector organisations throughout the region to develop leadership skills.

Nikki Brown, who works in environment, health and safety at GSK Ulverston, said that much of the training was based on a series of outdoor exercises which got trainees to identify the types of behaviours they used and those which they intended to develop.

She explained: "An exercise which sticks in my mind was a form of chess in which human pieces had to be moved about the board using limited communications. This presented a series of challenges and frustrations which had to be overcome and was a great learning process."

Phil Wilson, site director at Ulverston, said, "At GSK we are passionate about continually developing our staff and this ongoing investment in our winning team is vital to continue our success at Ulverston.

"Our first-line leaders get tremendous benefit from the CfLP experience as part of their on-going development.

"Leaders at all levels throughout the site regularly take part in development activities and workshops as part of extending their skills and helping them to lead their teams effectively"

Sue Roberts, of CfLP, said: "The success of this programme is based on its pragmatic approach.

"The leaders have the opportunity to develop over a longer time period, to identify challenges and get support from colleagues on how to overcome these."

North West Evening Mail, May 2015

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