This is a new programme aimed specifically at Heads of Departments and Schools who have some experience in the role (either they will have been in the post for at least six months, often they will be returning to the post as part of a ‘revolving’ headship role, or they may have been ‘acting’ or ‘deputising’ in the role). It is simulation-based (there is little in the way of ‘chalk and talk’ that is done) and provides challenging reality-based sessions involving direct interaction between the participants and the simulation characters. It is challenging both because of the fast pace and the level of uncertainly about what happens next. The participants could be expected to gain an understanding of effective communication, emotional intelligence, influencing, prioritising, team-working and also to see themselves as others see them.
The role playing (although scary at times!) was a refreshing way to think through how you influence people. I have attended many courses where you immediately forget the learning you gained once you return to your busy job, however key learning points from this course have already had an impact on the way I engage with people.
Leading Departments 3 participant
The topical simulation is small-group based and involves analysing data and preparing a departmental strategy, dealing with day-to-day operational aspects of headship, inter-personal communication, competing priorities, performance management, giving feedback and a 360° feedback instrument. It is delivered by a facilitator, an actor-facilitator, and two additional actors. For each cohort the simulation activities and material are reviewed to ensure that it remains relevant and to ensure the best experience for all who attend.
The programme runs as two two-day modules approximately eight weeks apart; the 360° feedback process is completed in the intervening weeks. At the end of each half-day block (the simulation runs from lunchtime on day one to lunchtime on day two for each module) the actors (in character) give personal feedback each participant.
More detail about the open programme, its structure and when it is next available can be found at Leading Departments
The cost of attending the open programme is £3,015 for members with an optional £500 to add Programme Plus and £3,750 for non-members with an optional £615 to add Programme Plus.
The delivery of the Leading Departments open programme requires four facilitator/actors in total to deliver all the characters, the input and the feedback. The simulation is not scripted so significant rehearsal time is required and additional break-out rooms are required for each group participating as well as a plenary room, all of which can make the programme expensive to run in-house.
To make the bespoke programme more affordable we would offer the option of a streamlined version, utilising local presenters and so reducing the costs. It would run over three or four days, either a single day followed by a two-day module plus a final keystone day or three or four consecutive days. This would involve one LF facilitator on day one and four, then an actor-facilitator and two actors on days two and three, and require the support of a local facilitator to introduce the simulation on the two day module, and help with the observation and feedback. The final optional keystone day could include some action learning, or pull together the strands of the previous day, focus on the 360° or introduce some new material.
The benefits of this streamlined version is that participants get to experience half of the simulation and the day one and four delivery could be specially tailored to the needs of the institution/participants (provides a very different experience). The minimum number to run this programme successfully is 12 and the maximum number 18. It is not possible to run this programme without the actors as it is the interaction with live people that makes the experience so powerful and memorable.
For LF members the typical cost of the stream-lined version for 18 participants is £13,615 (excluding expenses), equating to £756 per participant or £189 per participant day. The detailed breakdown of these costs can be found in the Head of Department Programmes' Comparison. Non-member institutions should contact Sweta Purohit Jina for the costs of an in-house Leading Departments programme. Participants can opt to add Programme Plus to their experience as required at the same cost as for the open programme, £500 for members and £615 for non-members.
Leading Departments is one of a number of senior leadership development programmes whose participants are eligible to apply for Programme Plus, the Leadership Foundation fellowship scheme.
The Leadership Foundation Fellowship is our support for individual leaders in higher education. It is a straightforward way for you to turn the experience of a Leadership Foundation programme into tangible evidence of effective learning and continue to receive the nurture and inspiration that leaders need. Through continuing professional development and access to unique networking opportunities, the LF Fellowship scheme will provide that inspiration well beyond the lifetime of the initial programme. More information can be found at LF Fellowship
Contact Andy Shenstone, Director of Consultancy to find out more.