"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 had a very positive experience on the ION programme. The delivery staff were enthusiastic and engaging, whilst I felt that the content had just the right amount of theory, together with the valuable tools to put it into practice. It was comforting to realise that my fellow participants all had similar business challenges to me and most importantly, I learnt the value of forcing myself to take regularly time away from business to better focus on improving it, which has reaped great rewards.”
"The last 8 months on the ION course have been a really positive change. It has been a big reflection on self awareness I have been able to unearth some good strengths and some weaknesses. I have been able to act on them and has made a big difference to my company and to myself."
I came here knowing the kind of Leader/Manager that I was, but not wanting to accept it, and through the journey, I’ve learned to accept it, change it, and implement small things to try and better myself.
"Albeit on face value, you might not realise what the benefit of doing the course could be, at the end it is very evident. It gives you confidence as an individual and the ability to go back to the work environment and take on the challenges of leadership."
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 thought I was a good leader but the course made me aware that I need to trust my staff more. It made me reflect on myself and how I lead. The experiential event was one of the hardest two days of my life...they strip you bare and they build you up again. This course is absolutely superb, I would recommend it to anyone who is coming up through the ranks...employers will see a real change in their employees.
I took two big things out of the course. First, the access to masterclasses from people who are masters in their field. This year the change masterclass was really pertinent to what I was looking at in my business. Secondly, the importance of the group: we are in different industries but we have very similar problems and you can learn a lot from the people attending the course with you.
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.”