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Name: Ashley Aiken
Company: Oxford Academic Health Science Network
Course attended: CMI Level 5 Leadership and Management programme
Course date: 14.09.19
Overview of company:
The Oxford Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) was set up in 2013 by NHS England services. The purpose of the Oxford AHSN is to act as an innovation arm of the NHS, specifically we get innovation into clinical practices to improve patient safety, outcomes experiences and generate economic growth.
We achieve this through effective collaboration between the NHS, industries and universities. We cover three million people living in the areas of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire.
Our main challenge is around our growing team and being able to sufficiently support the Director, in terms of leadership and management. I have been selected to be part of the leadership team and this is my personal challenge as I have never been in a line manager role before.
We have a lot of different personalities and skill sets in the team and organisation as a whole, so trying to manage all these personalities can sometimes present a challenge.
The Learning Experience:
I was very keen to attend the CMI Level 5 Leadership and Management programme to help me rise to the challenges mentioned above, as well as learn the skills to help me in the future with more project management tasks and managing the procedures and processes involved.
After finishing the three days training, I felt more confident and reassured as a leader. I’ve never been in a manager’s position so performing as a line manager is new to me, yet whilst on the course I realised that I knew more about leadership and management than I first thought, and more importantly I realised that I was spending far too much time doing activities that could’ve been delegated.
I found our tutor, David, to be very welcoming and friendly. He was really in tune with the class and I was impressed with the way he accommodated to the differing requirements in the room. I felt like I walked away from each day with valuable lessons learned.
David has ignited a desire in me to learn more about coaching and mentoring with the aim of doing more of that within my own team. I have recommended this course to one of my colleagues (and my husband!) and I’m already badgering my manager to let me do the level 7 course ASAP.
Since attending the course I feel like I’m in a stronger position to make day-to-day decisions and I’m very mindful of and actively implementing the six ego states that I learnt on the programme. The main aim of implementing this is so I can lead more effectively by acknowledging the negative ego states of others without being drawn in.
I have to say that teaching my colleagues about the six ego states has helped our team massively. I now find my team catching themselves when they’re entering a negative state and they then take the necessary steps to modify this. The six ego states model has been incredibly beneficial to our working environment and as a result, my team can now identify negativity triggers within their role and resolve their issues quickly, with very little input from me.
In addition to this, Eisenhower’s principles for delegation have been extremely useful to me and I have already started to implement them into my team.
The course was very enjoyable and insightful and didn’t feel laborious. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a course to improve their leadership skills as well as their management skills. I’ve walked away from the course believing that pretty much anyone can be a manager but it takes someone who is really mindful of others to be a true leader.
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