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Case Study – Leadership Development – Jonas

SituationTraining and Development

Jonas Software is a global software business with significant presence throughout the UK, with the UK Group office headquartered in Oxfordshire.

Task

Working closely with the Jonas Steering Committee to support the company’s leadership and development vision; to design, implement and deliver a 12-month Talent Development Leadership Programme to provide Senior Managers within the Group the opportunity to develop the skills and competencies to meet the business goals.

At the most basic level the programme sought to provide an awareness of how teams function but, most importantly how, as Leaders, individuals need to operate commercially while retaining a mindfulness of their impact on their employees.

The programme’s objectives were various: to support the overall Group’s UK acquisition strategy; prepare Jonas Group UK employees to take on senior roles within the UK Group companies; provide people management and business skills to effectively steer and lead group companies; enrich learning and development; and, embed the core organisational competencies.

Action

Following an initial meeting with their Head of Human Resources and Regional Business Unit Managers we developed a modular programme of activity.  This included psychometric assessments to understand behavioural preferences, and was supported throughout by individual coaching, wrapped around the workshop sessions.

The Programme was launched and run over a 12 month period and required delegates to actively put into practice learnings from each session and feedback their progress.

Day-long workshops (run in collaboration with internal sessions) enabled participants to interact with their peers and share learnings and experiences.

Throughout the programme we also provided 1-2-1 coaching with our executive coach; this enabled individuals to explore, more fully, their own behaviours and developmental needs.

Results

Nine delegates, some of whom were already running Jonas UK businesses, successfully graduated from the programme in September 2017.  Since graduating 2 of the 9 delegates have been promoted.

Spin-off training sessions were subsequently requested by the Organisation for middle managers and the wider employee base within the businesses.

Daniel Haywood, General Manager at Cap2 – Jonas. Feedback on the Leadership Training Programme.

“I’m very lucky as I have a great team who are open to change and have welcomed the initiatives I have introduced recently as a result of the programme. We have all worked on our Time Management (including recognising Time Bandits) as well as how we communicate with each other, to ensure we are as productive as possible.
The real-life task of working with other companies has provided great insight into how other Jonas companies operate and helped build a network of colleagues to call upon for advice support and good practise (shout out here to the Tucasi team for hosting me for the day!).
Toolkit/Manager/Administration – I love learning and the programme has really helped me broaden my knowledge of how to run a Jonas business and particularly develop my leadership skills to my great team….”