"As a busy business owner I was sceptical about taking two days a month out of a busy schedule. However I found this programme to be interesting and enlightening and, helped me make some very important decisions to increase profitability and reduce the time I spent working at the same time.
There were three main advantages for me:I met other business leaders and learned from them and many became new clients of mine as well ( as a bi-product)
I learned that 'bad' employees and clients force 'good' clients and employees from my business. I let go of six staff who didn't share the company vision and were a drain on my time and were a cancer in my business.
I also learned to concentrate on £1000 tasks and leave £10 tasks to others. This was the most significant thing for me and it has allowed me to let go of menial tasks and only work on what makes money. I employed more administrative staff to conduct simple tasks for my sales staff and myself to free up the time of key staff and reduce pressure on me. This increased my profitability over the next year by 30%.
without this programme I may never have made the decisions I did or it may have taken so much longer to get to the result. Since leaving the course my business has shown a 110% lift in profitability. The changes I made have had a massive impact on this.I would recommend it strongly. However busy you think you are, this is time well spent."
I have changed quite a lot, I am not the leader I thought I was. Now I interact with staff much better and the work environment is a lot smoother flowing. To be removed from the work environment helps you focus on what you have to do. It made me look at parts of myself that I never felt the need to look at or didn't want to, perhaps... and I came out with a completely different idea of what it was going to come and who I thought I was in a leadership role. I would totally recommend the course for anyone who has anything to do with staff.
I attended the programme that preceded ION leadership and it enabled me to progress in my career and secure a CEO role within Carers Trust Crossroad Care Sir Gar. Here I am again 6 months later, on the ION programme, learning the skills I need to implement change and move the business forward. I recommend this programme to other leaders in Wales, not only for their own satisfaction but also for the benefit it will bring to their businesses. It changed me from within and was key to my development.”
Though we had a great foundation and knowledge in construction, we knew little about business or running a company. The course enabled me to take a step back and view my business from the outside. Since starting the course, our company has seen a growth in turnover and profit, we have employed more staff and put into place better procedures which is making all of our lives a lot easier.
The programme uncovered and exposed my weaknesses and then it gave me the tools to rebuild and ultimately improve the structure, culture, enjoyment and turnover of the business.
The course content was excellent and surpassed my expectations. Our turnover increased by 30%, the business team blossomed, structure & strategy were created, implemented and resourced.
The programme has helped us to recognise that we cannot do everything ourselves. By using our leadership skills, communicating with and placing trust in the team, we have been able to free up valuable time to continue to grow our customer base. We are set to turnover £250k and for next year the targets will increase again to £350k.
I have to confess to be a little skeptical at first, but I am so glad I decided to take part - it was the best thing that I have undertaken in a long time. After running my business pretty much single handed for almost nine years I was feeling a little jaded. This programme was an eye opening, invigorating, fantastic, amazing experience.
The timing was excellent in joining the course, we had been trading for just over 12 months and we were not getting the anticipated traction. Several key lessons were quickly learned and are part of the business ethos today. We are seeing results and the fruits of the effort involved: over the last 12 months we have seen a 100% increase in turnover and 20% increase in profits.This programme had a profound effect but how do you value priceless…
In business it is vital to understand yourself and how you influence your team, as a leader. I definitely feel that the programme gave me the ‘time out’ to look at our business in this way. We are more creative as a company as a result of this learning; a professional team, which has grown in the last 18 months by 40%.
In order to advance our business, we needed to better understand where each other's strengths and weaknesses lay. As a direct result of the LEAD Wales programme, we have seen our turnover grow over 20% and an increase in profitability of 15%.