Business leaders have been given tips on how to stay happy and beat stress at the conclusion of successful leadership development training.
Renowned happiness coach Samantha Clarke spoke to members of the latest cohort of Teesside University’s Leading Growth and Management Catalyst courses.
The fully-funded programmes are two of the flagship courses being run from the University’s Centre for Professional and Executive Development (CPED) at its Darlington campus at Central Park.
Leading Growth is a six-month programme for business owners, directors, and senior managers, while Management Catalyst is aimed at middle and aspiring managers, and runs over three months.
A consolidation day was held at CPED at the conclusion of the two courses with participants evaluating how they had developed over the duration of the programmes.
Samantha, who has worked with a number of leading companies including Harrods, The Guardian, and Giorgio Armani, ended the day with a session exploring different ways in which participants could improve their happiness in the workplace.
She helped participants to recognise the causes of stress and how to cope with it which included sharing meditation techniques.
Leading Growth and Management Catalyst employ a variety of methods to help leaders develop, including highly experienced coaching professionals and facilitators, expert workshop speakers, inspirational site visits and, most importantly, the combined knowledge and experience of a diverse mix of peers who know just what it takes to run a small business.
Stu Kent, an associate architect at Nivens Architects, took part in the Management Catalyst programme.
He said: “In my profession we spend a lot of time on vocational training but not so much around the business or the people. This was a great opportunity to carry out some personal development on that side of things.
“Working alongside people in the group was also very useful, especially being able to chat through things with people in a professional environment. We’re from a diverse range of businesses, but you realise that we have the same problems and it’s good to work together to find solutions to them.”
Laura Woods, director of academic enterprise at Teesside University, said: “Leading Growth and Management Catalyst have a proven track record of helping business leaders to develop and take the time to step back from their business and assess their strengths and weaknesses.
“We’re delighted that this latest cohort have also found it useful and hope they can continue to apply what they’ve learnt to help their businesses to grow.”
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