Leader to Leader Cohort 1 (January 2014)

Our next Leader to Leader cohort starts soon.

Places are limited, so please contact the Centre now on 01900 824 822 or email info@cforlp.org.uk to register your interest in joining this unique leadership development programme.

 

The first of a series of Leader-to-Leader programmes launched at the start of 2014 brought together senior people from different companies operating in the nuclear sector to work as a West Cumbrian task force, developing their personal leadership capabilities and applying their collective talents to issues facing the nuclear sector.

 

The group comprised delegates from Sellafield Ltd, LLWR (Low Level Waste Repository) Ltd, specialist steel fabricators Hold Engineering Ltd, and international engineering, project management and services provider Nuvia Limited.

The programme kicked off with an overnight residential (see below).

As part of the programme, the cohort worked on a consultancy challenge researching the perceptions of young people towards the Nuclear Sector.
 

 


 

Overnight Experiential

Nuclear company bosses sampled the serious business of producing perfect desserts when they were challenged to don aprons and head for the kitchen as part of a leadership development programme organised by the Centre for Leadership Performance.

Dave Pattinson, Paul Winthrop, Ivan Baldwin, Michelle Lambon-Wilks, Donna Connor, Andy Pringle, Paul Skelton

Leader to Leader delegates ready to cook (left to right): Dave Pattinson from Hold Engineering, Winder Hall chef Paul Winthrop, Ivan Baldwin from Nuvia, Michelle Lambon-Wilks and Donna Connor from Sellafield, Andy Pringle from LLWR, and Paul Skelton also from Sellafield.

The surprise after-dinner task was just one ingredient in a carefully balanced recipe for improving performance through interaction with their industry peers in the Leader to Leader programme devised as part of the Centre's support for businesses and the wider Cumbrian community funded by Nuclear Management Partners.

The Leader to Leader programme brings together senior people from different companies operating in the nuclear sector to work as a West Cumbrian task force, developing their personal leadership capabilities and applying their collective talents to issues facing the nuclear sector.

It involves intense activity and engagement on nuclear sector specific issues, but also employs innovative routes to building collaboration, such as the surprise cook-off which tasked the six delegates with making their own sophisticated desserts following instruction from the hotel's head chef!

The group comprised delegates from Sellafield Ltd, LLWR (Low Level Waste Repository) Ltd, specialist steel fabricators Hold Engineering Ltd, and international engineering, project management and services provider Nuvia Ltd.

Leader to Leader programme director Paula Lernelius explains: "The programme is designed to take business leaders out of their comfort zones and examine how they perform as leaders, and how they work and interact with others. It helps to identify where they can improve, examines different perceptions of leadership, and also equips them with skills that will benefit their current and future roles.

"The cook-off was a fun element of the programme, but of course high achievers take any challenge pretty seriously and the two teams rose to the occasion to impress the head chef."

The cook-off came at the end of dinner at Winder Hall Country House during the initial 2-day residential stage of the programme designed and delivered by the Centre's leadership experts to enable the team to explore their experiences of leadership and build relationships.

Head chef Paul Winthrop explained: "I gave the teams their instructions to prepare two dishes – pears poached in red wine and a spiced apple crumble stack. They really rose to the challenge."

The Leader to Leader programme will continue into the summer. Over the coming months the delegates will undertake a range of different development activities including a further six one-day workshops, pairing up to shadow each other in their respective roles, and combining as a group to examine and report on a specific issue within the nuclear sector.

Centre for Leadership Performance former Chief Executive Al Mather explained: "The programme is an excellent opportunity for nuclear-focused companies to collaborate. The challenge for businesses in West Cumbria's nuclear supply chain is to recognise that the competition is less with each other than with other UK and global supply chains, and appreciate that by working together they can strengthen West Cumbria's position as world centre for nuclear excellence."

Delegates were also encouraged by the first stage of the programme. Ivan Baldwin from Nuvia Ltd commented: "It was truly collaborative, working alongside an impressive group of peers. I have never quite experienced such rapidly formed levels of trust between people on a professional level, which makes me feel excited about the challenges ahead of us on Leader to Leader."

Paul Skelton from Sellafield Ltd added: "The leader to leader residential offered a rare opportunity to take a step back and 'compare notes' with peers from other areas of the nuclear industry. The course should be an essential for all those looking to develop as leaders, and supports the opening up and maturing of relationships throughout the local supply chain."
 

Leader to Leader Testimonials

' The leader to leader residential offered a rare opportunity to take a step back and 'compare notes' with peers from other areas of the nuclear industry. Delivery was through an excellent mix of sharing experiences on key topics, well facilitiated by the CfLP and on an excellent balance of large group, small group and self review exercises. The venue added a unique dynamic to the learning and was innovatively used a part of the team building exercise. The course should be an essential to all those looking to develop as leaders and supports the opening up and nurturing of relationships throughout the local supply chain. '
Paul Skelton, Business Change Manager, Sellafield

 
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