Managing Without Power

Are you a manager or leader, and do you want to successfully manage high-performance teams or organizations while maintaining that crucial element of humanity and accountability? This course will teach you how.

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1, 2 or 3 days*
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A private training session for your team. Groups can be of any size, at a location of your choice including our training centres.

Balancing high performance and hard work with humaneness is essential if you want to ensure your organization - and employees - are at peak performance. This new style of management is called managing without power.

This course focuses on helping managers and leaders unlearn the unconscious use of power and nurture high-performing, inclusive teams through human leadership. You’ll learn how to move away from promoting ‘survival of the nicest’ and ‘survival of the toughest’ cultures and consciously create an environment in which you’re actively investing in your teams.

By the end of the session, you’ll have learned how to implement techniques that will foster productivity, reduce employee burnout, and increase talent attraction and retention. Above all, you’ll leave knowing what it takes to build a truly diverse and inclusive culture built on trust and intrinsic motivation.

*This Managing Without Power course is available as a private session, and will be tailored to your needs. The most common set-ups are:

  • For management teams or groups of leaders: one or two days face-to-face with a focus on building organizations that balance a high bar for performance with humane leadership. This option is very suitable for management off-sites.
  • For groups of managers: two or three days face-to-face, focusing on the five brilliant basics of management and building high-performing teams.
  • For individual managers or leaders: a custom journey of five half-days, one-to-one online, with practical assignments in between each session so that you can apply the principles of Managing Without Power within your own team or organization.

Course overview

Who should attend:

This course is ideal for organizations of any size; whether you’re working in a start-up, scale-up or at a larger organization looking to regain your original culture that may have been lost during a growth period, you’ll benefit from learning what you can do to boost your performance the human way.

What you'll learn:

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply the ten crucial behaviors of great managers in order to build trusted relationships and motivate your teams
  • Manage effectively in a remote environment
  • Utilize feedback to optimize performance and have meaningful conversations with employees about growth
  • Set healthy team norms and create clarity with OKRs
  • Create psychological safety, and balance this with accountability
  • Make diversity, equality and inclusion a reality
  • Create space for innovation in your organization

Course agenda

Module 1: Brilliant Basics - Part One
  • The 10 behaviors of great managers and how to apply them
  • Applying the five brilliant basics to build trusted relationships and intrinsically motivated teams
  • How to manage effectively in a remote environment
  • Optimizing your performance through manager feedback
  • How to run personal and meaningful conversations about career and personal growth
Module 2: Brilliant Basics - Part Two
  • Creating direction and clarity of expectations with OKRs
  • Making meetings effective
  • Setting and cultivating healthy team norms
  • Tracking progress, course correcting and providing timely feedback
  • Running fair and predictable performance evaluations
  • Creating accountability the human way
  • Dealing with low performers effectively and respectfully
Module 3: High Performance
  • What makes a high-performance team?
  • How to combine high performance and humaneness
  • Creating psychological safety through your actions
  • Balancing safety and accountability
  • Recognising moments of truth to re-inforce team culture through your actions
  • How to make sure all types of people can succeed
  • How to make diversity, equality and inclusion a reality, not just words
Module 4: Org Transformation Space for Change
  • Keeping your vision actionable
  • Five enablers to retain or regain a start-up spirit
  • How to create an organization that can reinvent itself over and over again
  • Using data-based experiments to optimize your people strategy
  • Creating space to innovate in a growing organization
*The course agenda will be customized as per your requirements. Modules may vary depending on your needs.
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