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Executive education from CIHRM

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We build our research and insights on HR into two executive educations programmes. These programmes, one which examines the effectiveness of the HR function and the second which focuses on improving people management practice, are strongly practice-based but informed by detailed research and theory. These programmes run for two days and are open-enrolment.

People and Organisational Effectiveness

Punting down the river Cam.

A three-day fast-paced, practical programme: In a working environment increasingly characterised by rapid change and uncertainty and an ever-strengthening imperative for higher performance, leaders and managers know they have to get the best from their employees and the best from themselves in order to develop an effective workplace.

This programme looks at how leaders and managers can increase the effectiveness of their team and their organisation through enhancing the attraction, motivation, development and retention of their employees.

We look at the approaches, mechanisms and practices that increase performance and commitment and build alignment with the strategic objectives of the organisation.

The programme also draws on latest research from leading organisations showing both current practice and innovative approaches to provide insights into how to increase organisational and team effectiveness.

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Creating High Performance Teams

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Teams are at the heart of organisational life and their effectiveness strongly influences the success of the enterprise overall. Striving for, and achieving, high performance in teams has therefore become a major business imperative, but bringing together individuals into a group and making them a cohesive and productive team is far from straightforward. 

The mix of differing personalities, skills, motivations, career aspirations, and leadership styles of individuals, as well as the complexities of the task and the process, means that building and shaping high performance teams is fraught with difficulty. We will explore the key elements of a high-performance team, drawing on examples from corporations, not-for-profits, consultancies and sports teams, among others. We shall look at the major areas of team roles and responsibilities, team dynamics, and team outcomes. We will look at the different kinds of people required to make a high-performance team and the important elements in ensuring the dynamics of the team bring high performance. Dealing with conflict in teams and how to cope with difficult team members will also feature in the sessions.

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