Workshops

Performance on Demand provides a wide range of highly interactive performance and well being workshops. Our dedicated team has a huge amount of experience designing & delivering training courses and as such all of our courses are/can be bespoke.

We are not in the 'sausage machine' business and all courses are bespoke and delivered on request. In addition we would also be delighted to put together a workshop from your own brief or you can combine elements from the below list.
Below are some examples of our most popular workshops with a short synopsis of each.

Resiliency and Health & Well Being Workshop - £95 (½ day)

Course Description

Resiliency, Health & Well Being are not just the latest business buzz words but are, and always have been, key attributes that allow us to able to perform.

POD has created this ½ day workshop specifically to make it both affordable from a time and financial aspect. With start times at 10am and 1.30 pm and run from our central Donington Park training centre this is reachable to most in the UK. With East Midlands Airport, 5 minutes away and East Midlands Parkway Railway Station (1 ½ hrs London) 10 minutes away we are perfectly placed. Of course the M1 motorway is also less than 10 minutes away and we have ample free parking for all.

Objectives

  • Have a basic grasp of fundamental performance principles
  • Have a framework for developing performance
  • Develop strategies for coping with stress
  • Resiliency, what and why
  • Understanding the principles of Health & Well being
  • Learn self-management through on line tools
  • Gain confidence in the use of tools and techniques

Included

  • Half day workshop - 10am or 1.30pm
  • Workbooks
  • Pre and post course on line Well Being Profilers
  • Pre & post course individual bespoke reports
  • Tailored advice for key areas of deficiency
  • Post course Distance Travelled report
  • Tea, Coffee & Water
  • Free car parking

Options

  • Pre/post course accommodation from £45 per head
  • Transfers from East Midlands Airport & East Midlands Parkway Rail Station (1 ½ hrs London)

Who Should Attend

This course is suitable for Team Leaders, Project Managers, Middle Managers, Supervisors, Executives and Team Members and anyone else who is interested in improving their Resiliency, Health & Wellbeing.

How to book

This course is simply booked on-line by reviewing our calendar or by calling 01332 810007

An introduction to mindfulness

Overview and Objectives

To provide delegates with an understanding of mindfulness and the science that underpins its success. The objective is to show delegates that mindfulness meditation is easy to do and can be done quickly anywhere to help relax and de-stress. We will actually practice two simple mindfulness meditations, which only last for 1 and 4 minutes.

This session is interactive, coupled with high energy and engaging delivery. We provide delegates with useful, practical tools and techniques that will help them learn the simple skills of mindfulness, helping them to relax and refresh.

Outline of Key Learning covered

End the end of the course delegates will learn:

  • What is mindfulness and how it began
  • The benefits of practicing mindfulness
  • How to be in the Here and Now and block out worries
  • How to increase your gratitude to make positive changes to your biochemistry
  • How to communicate mindfully
  • Simple one minute and 4 minute mindful Meditation
  • Simple mindful posture exercises
  • Mindful eating habits
  • Learn a range of 5 minute mindfulness techniques you can do anytime and anywhere

Duration

This session is just 2 hours in duration

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for all employees

Healthy leaders

Overview and Objectives

To provide delegates with an understanding of the principle elements of what builds a healthy leader and a healthy performing team. Using the principles of the Performance cycle and constant and never ending improvement you will learn the key principles and techniques to help you and your team through turbulent times. In particular you will learn how to build resilience, how to deal with critical moments and bounce back from difficult times and situations.

This session is interactive, coupled with high energy and engaging delivery. We provide delegates with useful, practical tools and techniques that will help them learn the simple skills of healthy leadership; leading to greater confidence, belief and personal and team performance.

Outline of Key Learning covered

End the end of the course delegates will learn:

  • How to use the performance cycle
  • The key elements of constant and never ending improvement
  • How to build your resilience through mindfulness
  • Effective nutrition to sustain brain function
  • How to deal with critical moments using a range of techniques
  • How to use the simple conflict management tool kit
  • The 3 key elements of bounce back and dealing with adversity
  • How to build confidence and find your power
  • How to develop an opportunity mindset
  • The key elements of building trust in the team

Duration

This session is just 3 hours in duration

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for all managers and leaders

Introduction to building resilience

Overview and Objectives

This session provides delegates with an overview of how to build their stress resilience through using simple tools and techniques that impact on their physiological, emotional and cognitive resilience and well-being. It also provides advice and guidance on how to improve energy levels and sleep. You will get to practice these simple and easy to use techniques that bring immediate benefits in building your resilience and dealing with the stresses of work and home. You will also receive a little booklet "Younger next year, a whole new you" 25 simple tips to help kick- start building your resilience.

This workshop is interactive and fun, with high energy and engaging delivery. This workshop also provides delegates with useful, practical tools and techniques they can use anywhere and they only take a minute or two. Time is allowed for delegates to make informed choices on what they can do to make positive changes to their health and wellbeing and enhance their energy and resilience.

Outline of Key Learning covered

End the end of the course delegates will learn:

  • What we mean by resilience
  • How our resilience is compromised and how it affects our body
  • To use biofeedback (Cardio) and how to control our biology by manipulating our heart
  • A range of tools and techniques to help them increase their energy
  • How positivity can be used to increase levels of positive hormones
  • What their current level of positivity is and how to change for the better
  • How to develop their mental toughness
  • How to use the freeze frame technique to help solve problems
  • The skills of mindfulness and how to meditate in the moment

Duration

The session is 3 and half hours in duration (including a 15 minute break).

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for all employees

Optimising your mental toughness

Overview and Objectives

To provide delegates with an understanding of mental toughness and how to deal with stress in a rational way. We will show you how to maximise the capacity of your brain's power and in particular when you are under-pressure how to access your key thinking areas to help you make better decisions and take control. You will learn how to control your own brain wave patterns to help you both concentrate and relax.

This session is interactive, coupled with high energy and engaging delivery. We provide delegates with useful, practical tools and techniques that will help them learn the simple skills of mental toughness, leading to greater confidence, belief and cognitive ability.

Outline of Key Learning covered

End the end of the course delegates will learn:

  • What the 5 key elements of Mental toughness are
  • Your current level of mental toughness
  • How to get the most from your brain
  • How breathing plays a key role
  • Simple brain-wave control using simple biofeedback
  • How to control the Controllables
  • Using freeze frame technique to solve problems
  • Effective nutrition to sustain brain function
  • Finding your power
  • Controlling brain wave patterns for focus and control

Duration

This session is just 2 hours in duration

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for all employees

Successfully managing pressure

Overview and Objectives

To provide delegates with an understanding of how pressure turns to stress, be able to identify the causes and early warning signs of stress in themselves and others, understand the legal responsibilities for managing pressure and stress at work, develop positive coping strategies, identify ways of supporting others under pressure and be aware of organisational resources to help.

This session is interactive, coupled with high energy and engaging delivery. We provide delegates with useful, practical tools and techniques that will help them and their staff deal successfully with the pressures of work and home.

Outline of Key Learning covered

End the end of the course delegates will learn:

  • How to recognise stress in themselves and others
  • The procedure for dealing with employee stress and what their responsibility as a manager is
  • How stress affects our physiological and cognitive states
  • Techniques to control these effects
  • The concept of Hardiness and how to build their resiliency
  • Tools to help them deal with work-related problems and come up with solutions to reduce stress
  • Importance of goal setting in reducing stress
  • What resources are available from your employer

Duration

The session is 4 hours in duration (including a 15 minute break).

Times usually are 08:30-12:30 or 13:00-17:00

Who should attend?

Managers at all levels with line management responsibilities.

Effective Leadership (2 Day)

Course Description

Good leaders have always been expected to be able to solve new problems, capitalise on new opportunities and navigate through the ever-changing landscape of business. Leadership is a complex process by which the leader influences others to perform and achieve. The leadership attributes - belief, values, ethics, character, knowledge, and skills - are all traits, which can be learned. This course provides the basis for understanding what leadership is and what leaders do to be successful.

Objectives

At the end of this 2-day workshop, the participants will be able to:

  • Define what leadership is and how it is applied at all levels of organisational management
  • Understand the basics of leadership and motivation
  • Determine what is necessary to lead teams and organisations, and how to integrate this with business management
  • Develop skills in communicating, influencing and negotiating with peers, subordinates and senior managers
  • Become adept at assessing leadership traits and qualities in ourselves and others
  • Learn how to develop leadership in ourselves and others
  • Appreciate the importance of organisation culture and the leader's role in establishing it
  • Understand key success factors (KSFs) for successful rollout of Management of Change in dynamic organisations

Who Should Attend

This course is suitable for Team Leaders, Project Managers, Middle Managers, Supervisors, Executives and Team Members and anyone else who is or will be responsible for managing teams or individuals

Giving & Receiving Feedback (1 Day)

Course Description

This 1-day course, Giving and Receiving Feedback, teaches the skills that are necessary to both give and receive constructive and positive feedback in a way that maintains relationships and increases performance. Feedback opens the door to discussion and problem solving, and it is important to personal growth and development.

When feedback is given constructively the receiver of the feedback is more likely to listen non defensively and take appropriate action. The receiver of feedback has equal responsibility in creating a comfortable interaction between the giver and receiver.

An important influence technique in giving feedback of any kind is the ability to speak in observation terms versus judgment terms. This important technique is taught using lecture, video, and practice.

Models make it easier for participants to learn "how to" do what they are learning. Because models make it easier, there is a four-step model for how to give constructive feedback and a three-step model for how to give positive feedback. These models are taught and then a robust skills practice with feedback follows. One of the most difficult aspects of giving constructive feedback is anticipating and responding to the receiver's response. Participants engage in an activity that explores how to handle when the receiver gives a difficult response.

This class finishes with an important but sometimes forgotten skill of how to receive feedback. During an activity called What Would You Say? participants explore appropriate responses to a variety of feedback scenarios.

Objectives:

  • Define feedback.
  • Identify guidelines for giving feedback.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use observation versus judgment.
  • Apply steps to giving constructive feedback.
  • Apply steps to giving positive feedback.
  • Identify guidelines for receiving feedback.

Who Should Attend

This course is suitable for Team Leaders, Project Managers, Middle Managers, Supervisors, Executives and Team Members and anyone else who is or will be responsible for managing teams or individuals

Improving People's Performance (2 day)

Course Description

Despite the experience of many organisations, it is possible to turn strategies and plans into individual actions, necessary to produce a great business performance. But it is not easy. Many companies repeatedly fail to truly motivate their people to work with enthusiasm, all together, towards the corporate aims. Most companies and organisations know their businesses, and the strategies required for success. However many corporations --- especially large ones --- struggle to translate the theory into action plans that will enable the strategy to be successfully implemented and sustained. This module will take you through the basic principles, in a way that equips you to develop your own robust strategy plans.

Objectives

  • Have a basic grasp of fundamental performance principles
  • Understand the specific features of development strategy and tactics
  • Have a framework for developing performance
  • Gain insights into the fundamental components of personal effectiveness
  • Have confidence to use some tools and techniques
  • Be able to relate ideas and principles to your specific area of responsibility

Who Should Attend

Ideal for any manager responsible for the performance of people within the team.

Effective Communication (1 day)

Course Description

Quite simply, the workplace can be a far better place to be if you consciously sprinkle your communication with positive feedback. Good communication in the workplace is often sabotaged by too many unconfirmed assumptions. When people sense that their feelings and needs are valued - and heard - it immediately helps to reduce tension, aggression and hostility, opening the door for peaceful resolution.

Objectives

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Apply a number of learned skills to help communicate more effectively in the workplace
  • Build confidence and trust to aid open and free communication with others
  • Remove barriers to positive communication
  • Communicate better, verbally and non-verbally
  • Develop better relationships through listening
  • Deal more effectively with conflict in the workplace

Who should attend

This course is designed for managers, executives and all other staff whose role requires them to interact or communicate effectively with others. This is a highly participative course, with content tailored to the needs of your organisation.

Team Building (1 or 2 day versions)

Course Description

Fast-track your work teams and project teams to better results with this team training. Designed for the entire team to attend, this team development workshop will get your team on track with high-performance team skills and improved team results.

Objectives

This is a high-impact team development event! The workshop will challenge your team's current perceptions of performance limits, engage team members in the development of their individual contributions, and enhance the entire team development process.

This training enables team members to identify behaviours and actions that enhance or inhibit team performance. The team then initiates a critical change process by identifying alternative, more productive actions and behaviours. The result is a team that is more focused, more effective and more powerful!

Training Benefits:

  • Create or increase a sense of identity and purpose for a new team.
  • Create or refine team norms.
  • Create greater team cohesion leading to greater team effectiveness.
  • Improve the goal-setting process of your team.
  • Give teams time and structure to evaluate their systems, customer satisfaction levels, and measurable results.
  • Give teams time and structure to create action plans for new projects, or for improving processes on current projects

We also have a wide range of practical activities that can be added to this workshop to bring the theory to life. Please ask for more detail and options.

Who should attend

This training is for all members of any intact project or work team, including brand new teams, established teams, or dysfunctional teams.

Strategic & Analytical Thinking (1 day)

Course Description

Strategic thinking abilities really can improve your own performance and that of your company. Strategic thinking is all about dealing with uncertainty, questioning the status quo and using a mixture of creative and analytical skills. Our Thinking Strategically course will show you why strategy is important and how to start thinking strategically within your own organisation. You will discover some of the key strategic theories, learn how organisations develop and implement strategy and strategic planning, and try out the key tools used in strategy analysis and formulation.

Objectives

Strategy - the basics

  • The five steps strategic planning model
  • Where are we now? SWOT & PESTLE analysis
  • Where do we want to get to? - defining success & the role of the mission & vision
  • What have we got to be good at to get there
  • Creating an identity & values
  • Translating into SMART objectives - strategy & leadership
  • Translation into commercial plans
  • Forecasting & budgeting - the financial implications
  • Project accounting - discounted cash flows
  • Risk analysis
  • Reviews
  • Strategic business planning
  • Improving margins through delivery value
  • Cost control and efficiency programmes
  • Short term action planning
  • Long term vision setting

Who should attend

This course is for managers who want to develop their commercial awareness, and strategic thinking capabilities, so that they can influence the direction of their business and deliver to their full potential.

Finance for non Financial Managers (2 day)

Course Description

This finance for non financial managers training course demystifies finance. It will give you a thorough grounding in organisational finance and how it works, so that you can understand and communicate about the finances of your organisation, team or project. Using layperson's language, it looks at a range of financial tools and concepts and gives you the confidence to use them. This is finance training at its best - clear, informative and fun!

Objectives

This two day training course will cover:

Financial accounts
  • Profit and loss accounts and how to understand them
  • Reading an income and expenditure account and analysing the finance flows within your organisation
  • Cash and accruals accounting showing how each is used
  • Terminology associated with income and expenditure accounting
  • Communicating effectively with finance professionals
  • Analysing trends in financial flows and formulating appropriate questions
  • Reading a balance sheet and analyse the financial position of the organisation
  • How an asset register is used
  • Analysing your accounts
  • Constructing a cash flow statement from narrative information
  • The different rules for charity accounting under the Charity SORP and the presentation of company and housing association accounts
  • Management accounts
  • The budgeting process
  • How budgeting relates to strategic objectives and good governance
  • Constructing a budget
  • Estimating costs and income accurately for budget purposes
  • Using management accounts to understand the past and forecast the future
  • Cost centres and income streams - understanding how they are used in your organisation
  • Nominal, purchase and sales ledgers
  • Using benchmarking in constructing a budget
  • Distinguishing between fixed and variable costs
  • Using the concepts of break-even pricing
  • A template to forecast the effects of changing costs, sales volume and price
  • Evaluating opportunity costs

Who should attend

This course is for budget holders and anyone who needs to know about organisational finance, including managers and board members

The 'finance for non financial managers' training course will help you understand your organisation's finances and how your own budget and expenditure fits in. It will give you an understanding of some basic financial tools as well as some useful spreadsheets to take away. It will help you communicate on equal terms with financial professionals including your treasurer, finance officer or accountant.

*We also run a one day in-house course on evaluating financial performance, designed to provide participants of not for profit organisations with the understanding they require to evaluate the financial performance and to develop strategies to address any weaknesses. This course would be particularly useful for trustee boards.

Personal Effectiveness & Time Management (2 day)

Course Description

This comprehensive course provides participants with the opportunity to take stock of their current working practices, examine a range of techniques for time-management and personal effectiveness and determine an action plan to make more efficient use of time - both their own and other peoples. The course also provides participants with the opportunity to review their work-life balance and develop their understanding of stress and stress coping strategies.

'Time Management & Personal Effectiveness' also encourages individuals to plan their own personal development and reviews mechanisms and skills they can use to help in this process.

Objectives

To help participants manage time better and control personal stress and to provide an opportunity for participants to explore the skills and principles of time-management, exchange ideas, tips and techniques

To provide an opportunity for participants to take stock of their current working practices and decide on an action-based strategy to 'work smarter'

To encourage participants to be proactive in their continuous professional development and to provide them with a range of tools to support their learning.

Course Outline:

  • Action plans and personal effectiveness
  • Costs of poor time management
  • Time stealers and constraints
  • Making and handling requests
  • Balancing priorities
  • Personal planning tools
  • Handling interruptions and e-mails
  • Personal styles and personal pitfalls
  • Continuous personal and professional development and learning skills
  • Getting the best from meetings
  • Desk management
  • Conquer procrastination
  • Improve meetings
  • Develop the power of focus
  • Making the most of office technology
  • 'Rapid composition' - efficient and effective writing
  • Planning projects - Critical Path Analysis
  • Understanding and coping with stress
  • Action planning

Who should attend

All managers, professionals and administrative staff who have some discretion over how to manage their time and the need to balance priorities to meet both immediate demands and longer-term objectives.

Workshop Summary

Timings would normally be from 09:30 until 16:30 and the workshops are delivered from our facilities at Donington Park Race Circuit (DE74 2RP) with prices starting at just £95 + Vat per head (1-day courses based on 10 delegates). This includes all workshop material, venue hire, refreshments and a light buffet lunch.

It also includes a pre and post course Performance on Demand Stress/Performance Management Assessment. This innovative and in house designed on line tool gives the users instant feedback reports and the 'group' administrator very useful individual and group feedback. This can be upgraded to the annual programme that provides monthly assessments for just an additional £10 per head.

Car parking is plentiful and free of charge and East Midlands airport is just 5 minutes away; Derby and East Midlands Parkway rail stations are less than 15 minutes away. A plethora of local accommodation is also available to suit all budgets and we would be delighted to book this for you.

The Workshops can of course also be delivered at any other suitable location; prices available on application, either call us on 01332 810007 or go to http://www.performanceondemand.co.uk/contacts and we'll get back to you right away.

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