Starter for ten - new Top Team Programme
Published 2 May 2012
The IEED is piloting a new Top Team programme. Ever since the first owner-managers graduated from LEAD, there have been calls for ‘a LEAD programme for our senior managers’. The Top Team programme answers that call. Drawing on the integrated learning model approach, and using some of the same interventions as in LEAD, the new programme will last seven months. A cohort of fifteen senior managers from companies run by LEAD alumni will attend the launch meeting on May 22nd.
Ian Gordon, Co-designer of the programme and founding entrepreneur in residence in the IEED said, “the Top Team programme recognises that LEAD alumni have senior managers working for them who have enormous technical expertise. They are good at doing their jobs. This programme aims to make them better able to make a meaningful contribution to strategic debate within the company. The purpose of that is to support the owner-manager as they develop the business.”
As well as programme introduction activities, the group will attend an masterclass to be given by Chris Moon, a motivational speaker who walks the talk. He was blown up in Africa clearing landmines and lost his lower arm and leg. Less than a year after leaving hospital he completed the London Marathon and now runs the world's toughest ultra-marathons. He’s one of the few
The Top Team cohort will, over coming months, embark upon a mixed programme of events, including an overnight experiential event, business shadowing and exchanges, mentoring and a company-specific project.
Head of Strategic Partnerships Magnus George added, “the Top Team programme benefits from our experience in running LEAD for eight years, and it draws on a lot of the expertise that has built up in the department. We see this new programme having great relevance for the LEAD alumni, who now number over 1,500. For that reason, this pilot is a great opportunity for us to refine our approach, and we will be running the Top Team programme at a full cohort scale, with 25 members, from the late autumn of 2012.”