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Why leadership and lean practices should be part of your business strategy

16 December 2019

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Effective leadership, strategic thinking and a lean approach are essential tools for all organisations – are you developing inspiring leaders to drive your business forward?

We are living in turbulent and fascinating times. Brexit continues to keep the UK and Europe in a state of flux, with obvious implications for businesses and organisations across the region. Add to that factors as diverse as the climate emergency, vast technological advances, an aging population, austerity and a world that’s moving and changing faster than we’ve ever experienced before, and you have a heady mix for business leaders to consider.

How to navigate this period of unprecedented change, and its immense possibilities? Train staff to be great, inspirational, innovative leaders, and adopt lean practices. It’s imperative to support and develop your staff and equip them with the knowledge, innovative thought, and expertise to drive your company forward.

At Cardiff University, our Executive Education programmes are focused on implementation – turning the concepts and ideas into specific actions that improve individual and organisational performance.

The Cardiff LBA

The Cardiff LBA (Leadership and Business Administration) course is designed to be a mini, work-based taster of the Executive MBA programme. It’s created for current and future leaders to gain essential business knowledge and the confidence needed to enable to take a leading role in your organisation. The LBA is flexible and designed to fit around work commitments; sessions are taught via eight study days, each focusing on a key area, for example, Digital Leadership, Operations Management, and Strategic Leadership.

Lean Six Sigma

Lean is a key approach that the best leaders know how to practice – enabling organisations to identify and eliminate defects, mistakes and failures, and apply techniques and tools to improve efficiencies.

The Lean Six Sigma programme is a very practical programme that teaches attendees the role of lean in business. The well-established approach introduces tools and techniques to create transformational change, and crucially also examines how to apply them in real world business scenarios.

Bookings for the LBA and Lean Six Sigma programmes are open now.

If these featured courses are not the right fit for your business, you can join Executive Education's networking community. They run regular breakfast briefings and other events, offering business practitioners, policy makers and other stakeholders to hear the research-rich insights from Cardiff Business School, as well as network with others in the local business community. Follow Executive Education on Twitter to keep up to date.

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Short sessions on key business topics, designed to support the career development of middle managers. Available as a bespoke course.