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Senior Leadership Development for St James’s Place  

Stephanie Davies usually enjoys an annual trip to the Lowry Theatre in Salford to take senior leaders from St James’s Place Investments through their paces.

It is one of her favourite events, largely because she gets to stand on a stage from where she once performed comedy routines and talk about her past as an award-winning comedian.

Sadly, that pesky virus scuppered this year’s opportunity to show off (did we mention she used to be a comedian?). 

But although Stephanie didn’t get to take to the stage this year, she did deliver a virtual leadership day for the team. It began with an analysis of results reported back from delegates via a questionnaire they had been set in advance. The exercise allowed them to assess their roles and qualities within the organisation. 

The day consisted of a growth mindset workshop, filled with fun, fascinating theory and practical activities. By the wonders of Zoom, delegates were able to participate in break-out sessions in which they mapped real life challenges and designed presentations (the best of which won Curly Wurlys).

Later in the day, leaders were set a special challenge which got them out of their comfort zones. So as not to spoil the surprise for future delegates, we will not divulge what the challenge entailed, only to say the resulting performances would not have been out of place at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. 

Along the way delegates mapped their emotions and reactions, and linked them to growth mindset and leadership skills. After their performances, delegates assessed how what they had learned could transpose to real-life situations, with a view to creating happy, engaged cultures.

Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable is a key leadership skill. Using experiential learning, this course helped deliver that skill.

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